This year sees the official launch of a brand new mountain bike route, The Sandstone Way. The 120 mile route runs between two historical market towns in Northumberland, Berwick-upon-Tweed in the far north of the county and Hexham in the south.
The Sandstone Way uses varied terrain along its whole length with much of the route off-road, so it is perfect terrain for mountain bikers. The route can be completed in roughly 2-4 days, though local lad and renowned endurance mountain bike rider Richard Rothwell has already completed it in 11 hours.
After testing the route, Richard Rothwell said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the day and I am sure that many people will enjoy this route – incredibly quiet roads and some lovely flowing off road sections with stunning Northumberland scenery.”
It has been designed with ten optional looped sections which enable riders to turn part of the Way into a short circular sightseeing route through Northumberland. This is a great addition for less accomplished cyclists, families with small children or anyone who wishes to complete portions of the Sandstone Way during one or more short stays.
As well as challenging cycling skills, a fascinating cultural, historical and geological tale can be found in the course of the journey, which takes in the sand dunes of the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the vast open spaces of the Northumberland National Park and the ancient UNESCO Word Heritage Site, Hadrian’s Wall.
In this way, the Sandstone Way is suitable for all ages, abilities and interests, and whether it is done at speed or at a leisurely pace it is sure to be an adventure!
The Sandstone Way was soft-launched in November 2014 to iron out any potential issues, with the full launch scheduled for Easter of this year. For more information on the opening date check out Visit Northumberland.Last modified: June 10, 2021