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On the Bike

Cyclists get to the top of Bolt's Law on the C2C in Weardale copyright Metaforz Photography 2013Cycling is a brilliant way to explore the heritage in the countryside around you. Not only does it have obvious health benefits but it gives a unique perspective to the experience and, like walking, it allows you to better appreciate a feature in the landscape, be it church, castle or an industrial relic like Bolt’s Law Engine House on the C2C cycle path, pictured left.

Over the years I have used my bike to visit many historic places and have no plans to stop – so I thought that I’d share some of the rides that I’ll be making together with a few of the reasons for doing so. If you’d like to ask a question or share your experience I’d love to hear them. Until I build up a few rides (which shouldn’t take long) I’m listing them in no particular order.

Oh, and just for the record, I do much more cycling but sometimes just like to concentrate on riding my bike!

1) Keelman’s Way Exploratory #01 – 46 miles; hilly; multi-terrain on road and cycle paths

2) Keelman’s Way Exploratory #02 – 35 miles; hilly; multi-terrain on road and cycle paths

3) Battle of the Standard & Whorlton Castle – 88 miles; undulating/flat with a couple of challenging climbs; road

4) Tynemouth & South Shields via Ferry – 54 miles; undulating/flat with no significant climbs on road and cycle paths

5) Weardale, Allendale & Rookhope – 68 miles; undulating/very hilly on road and cycle paths