Durham has so much for your next active cycling holiday if you’re a cycling fan. It’s a great place to experience some truly spectacular UK cycleways for on and off-road cycling and even mountain biking. The routes are dotted with a myriad of historic gems to see and natural wonders to experience, getting you up close and personal to Durham’s great outdoors in a way you only can on two wheels.
Top Durham Cycle Routes to Try
With so many great options for your cycling holiday. We’ve made your selection easier by listing some of the favourite and highly recommended routes in the local area to get you started.
Derwent Reservoir Multi-User Path – Easy and Family Friendly
Discover wildlife and history along the Derwent Reservoir with this 2-mile multi-user trail. Where you will enjoy breathtaking views of the reservoir. The track can be a comfortable walk or cycle and is suitable for walkers, wheelchair users, and pushchairs.
The Satley Loop – A Day Trip Circuit
The Satley Loop can be completed as a half-day or day trip for those a little fitter. This 19-mile intermediate cycle route travels along minor roads and country lanes with two crossings across the A68 with beautiful views to see along the way.
W2W Cycle Route – Follow History
The complete W2W route passes through what can only be described as outstandingly beautiful countryside. The trail stretches between Walney Island near Barrow-in-Furness on the Cumbrian Irish Sea coast to Wearmouth in Sunderland (153 miles) and Whitby (179 miles) on the North Sea coast.
Sea to Sea (C2C) Cycle Route – A Long Distance Favourite
The C2C Cycle Route has made a name for itself as one of the most popular cycle routes in the entire UK. The 140-mile trail starts in the West at Whitehaven or Workington and finishes on the East Coast at Newcastle or Sunderland.
The South Durham Orbital Cycle Route – Circular and Challenging
The South Durham Orbital is 54 miles of challenging cycling, traversing Durham City, Haswell, Newton Aycliffe, Shildon and Bishop Auckland. The route utilises National Cycle Network paths, railway paths, and on-road sections.
Hamsterley Forest – Red Cycle Trail – Challenging and Specialised
You’ll need experience for this one as it’s suitable only for proficient mountain bikers with good off-roading skills. You’ll also need a good quality off-road mountain bike to ensure your equipment makes it through the entire trip.
We Look Forward to Your Visit
For more information on cycling around Durham, including other recommended routes and advice, visit the This is Durham website. They list everything you could need to plan your holiday.
When considering your holiday accommodation, look at Plawsworth Hall. Our self-catering apartments and cottages have everything you need for an enjoyable holiday. Options include fully equipped one- and two-bedroom apartments, three-bedroom cottages, or a premium one-bed or premium two-bed. For more information, visit the Plawsworth Hall website or call us. We are always happy to help in any way we can.