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Waggonways - cycling

The historic 19th century Waggonways network was once used to haul coal to ships on the River Tyne from dozens of coal mines in the borough. They had fallen into disrepair over many years.

In 2000 North Tyneside Council successfully bid for over £2m worth of funding to transform more than 30 miles of routes as part of the Government's Liveability Fund.

To help you explore North Tyneside's Waggonways, a series of cycle brochures are available to download.

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National cycle network

The National routes in North Tyneside are: 

Reivers Cycle Route (NCN10) (Incorporates Coast to Coast)

Heading North from Tynemouth Priory this route incorporates sections of the Historic Waggonways Network passing Percy Main, Cobalt Business Park, Shiremoor, Killingworth and Burradon before leaving North Tyneside via Seaton Burn in the North West of the Borough.

For more information about destinations please visit:

Hadrian's Cycle Way (NNC 72) (Incorporates Coast to Coast)

This route enters the borough from the South via the Shields Ferry at the Fish Quay. Heading west you will take in the International Ferry Port, Redburn Dene, Royal Quays, the Tyne Cycle & Pedestrian Tunnel and Segedunum Roman Fort before arriving at Newcastle Quayside.

For more information about destinations please visit:

North Sea Cycle Route (NCN 1) (Coast and Castles)

This international route heads east along routes 10 and 72 to North Shields Fish Quay where you can choose to catch the Shields Ferry South across the Tyne or travel north along the beautiful seafront to Whitley Bay and onto Northumberland. 

For more information about destinations please visit:

North Tyneside cycle maps

This map (in 2 parts) covers cycle routes in North Tyneside and is one of 6 in total, covering the whole of Tyne and Wear and Southeast Northumberland. You can download it below.

The other maps cover:

  • South Tyneside
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Gateshead
  • Sunderland
  • Southeast Northumberland

The maps are free and available from your local libraries, cycle store and tourist information centre. Alternatively you can use the contact points below leaving your full address and we will post one out.

For a free copy of the North Tyneside map, contact us and leave your name and address:

Telephone: (0191) 643 6086

If you'd like to receive any of the other maps listed above, let us know and we'll pass your details on to the relevant authority.

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Organised rides

Group rides Description
Sustrans Sustrans organise a range of regular group rides including ones for the elderly, whole family, or absolute beginner.
Watbike A wonderful weekly calendar of rides for both novices and enthusiasts.
Mass-participation rides Description
Chris Lucas Trust The trust organise two annual rides in North Tyneside.
Cyclone Challenge An annual event offering a choice of 33, 63 or 104 mile routes towards the Cheviots from Kingston Park.
Northern Angel Sportive Offers three distance routes between Newcastle and the Cheviots.
Etape Pennines Considered to be one of the hardest challenge rides in the UK.
Long-distance cycle routes Description
Coast to Coast The legendary coast to coast that ends in Tynemouth.
Coast and Castles The beautiful north-east coast routes from Tynemouth to Edinburgh.
Hadrian Guide An alternative coast to coast from North Tyneside to Cumbria along the wall.
Reivers Route An alternative coast to coast from North Tyneside to Cumbria via Kielder.