A new 120-mile mountain cycling trail across the wild, open expanses of Northumberland National Park opens in 2015.
The Sandstone Way connects Berwick-on-Tweed on the North Sea coast, to Hadrian’s Wall at Hexham. The cycling trail should take three to four days to complete at a leisurely tempo, and represents an incredible two-day challenge for the fit and the fast.
The route is waymarked with a distinctive green and yellow ‘S’ roundel, and there are 10 optional loops which return to their starting point for riders eager to complete the route in a single day.
The Sandstone Way was designed to link some of the best lengths of off-road track in Northumberland taking mountain bikers into Northumberland’s hidden corners on centuries-old tracks and historic byways. The route traverses breathtaking unspoilt scenery and offers iconic views with the sensation of remoteness.
Mountain bikers can look forward to double-width dirt tracks, sections of single-track, unsurfaced lanes and bridleways of all kinds as they cross the county, with only short linking sections on quiet minor roads and surfaced country lanes.
More information at cyclepad.org.uk