Whether you have years of experience in cycling and cycle touring, or you’re a complete beginner when it comes to bikes, beautiful scenery and dedicated cycle paths make Newcastle upon Tyne the perfect place for a cycling adventure. If you want to make the most of your time in the city by traveling by bike, there are a number of bike routes ready for you to explore. Alternatively, head outside of the city and set yourself the challenge of traversing trickier coastal routes – guaranteed to test your cycling skills.
Newcastle may be well-known for its iconic architecture and wealth of history, but thanks to the array of rural cycling routes, avid cyclists are sure to find adventure. So, whether you’re exploring in the heart of the city or heading into the countryside, thanks to the wide range of Newcastle apartments situated in and around the city center, you’ll never be far from the action. If you’re planning a trip to Newcastle, we’re telling you everything you’ll need to know.
City cycling in Newcastle upon Tyne: the most popular bike routes
Parks, pavilions and posh shops in Newcastle upon Tyne
Newcastle is dubbed the ‘15-minute city’ because of its small and easily accessible city centre, and travelling by bike will ensure that you see the very best parts of the area during your stay. This 11 mile ride will take you away from Newcastle’s famous Quayside and through the city’s parkland and suburbs. From the vibrant, up-and-coming Ouseburn Valley to the more affluent area of Jesmond, there’s an array of exciting things to explore by bike on this scenic route. Pause by the pavilion in Heaton Park, and if you’re traveling with younger cyclists, why not take a trip to the unique Pets Corner in the heart of the Jesmond Dene woodland?
Tyne Bridge bike ride in Newcastle upon Tyne
Whether you’re a complete beginner to cycling or looking for a family-friendly bike ride that will suit cyclists of all ages, this 16 mile route through Newcastle is the perfect choice. Enjoy the unrivalled views from both sides of the River Tyne as you cycle along a range of cycle paths and small roads from the Quayside to Newburn.
With countryside pubs and cafés scattered along your route, as well as an abundance of exhibitions and iconic buildings, getting a taste of the local culture couldn’t be easier
Coastal road loop in Newcastle upon Tyne
For cyclists who are looking for more of a challenge, this 28 mile route certainly won’t disappoint. Cycle through the city center to the coastal village of Seaton Sluice, and take a well-earned rest as you enjoy the panorama of the North Sea. This testing rural cycling route consists of both roads and cycle paths, meaning the conveniently situated Ouseburn pubs will no doubt be much appreciated at the end of your journey.
Where to rent a bike in Newcastle upon Tyne
The Cycle Hub in Newcastle upon Tyne
Co-owned by Newcastle Cycle Centre and cycling holiday specialists Saddle Skeddadle, this Quayside café is the perfect destination for anyone who is passionate about pedals. Located on the challenging Northern C2C cycling route, The Cycle Hub is a bike friendly, independent café that boasts everything from expert cycling advice and bike hire to mouthwatering, artisan baked goods – as well as unbeatable views of the River Tyne.
Where to buy the best cycling gear in Newcastle upon Tyne
Cycle Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne
Situated in the eastern areas of Newcastle in Byker, Cycle Centre offers everything from BMXs to bike accessories. With over 70 years of experience, these cycle specialists are dedicated to bringing you the best advice and providing unbeatable customer service. Known for organising cycle events and hosting maintenance classes, there’s always something exciting happening!
KB Cycles in Newcastle upon Tyne
Located just outside of the city centre in Newburn, the staff at KB Cycles are experts in everything from brand new bikes to the much needed maintenance and repairs. With the shop stocked full of everything from ready-built bicycles to the parts themselves – as well as all the accessories you could imagine – KB Cycles is your one-stop shop for all your cycling needs
Start Cycles in Newcastle upon Tyne
Located in the heart of the city, just minutes from Newcastle Central Station, Start Cycles is the ideal hub for avid cyclers. From footwear to frames, this city centre cycle specialist is easily accessible for both locals and visitors to the area. Whether you’re an avid mountain biker or a cycling novice, Start Cycles offers all the accessories and advice you could need for your next purchase
Where to refuel with like-minded cyclists in Newcastle upon Tyne
The Journey in Newcastle upon Tyne
Situated just minutes from Newcastle’s bustling shopping district, The Journey offers everything from sustainable coffee to specialist advice on cycling routes and initiatives in the area. So, whether you’re enticed by the delicious selection of locally sourced baked goods or the staff’s wealth of cycling knowledge, a trip to The Journey will never disappoint
Pedalling Squares in Newcastle upon Tyne
Take the 30 minute bike ride to the south side of the River Tyne and find this unique recycled retro-inspired café. Offering everything from retro cycling apparel to a mouthwatering menu that’s sure to hit the spot after a long day riding, Pedalling Squares is a cycling café not be missed. Voted as one of the top 5 cycling cafés in the UK by the Financial Times in 2016, this hidden is the perfect place to refuel.
Whether you’re touring through the city center of Newcastle upon Tyne, or cycling into the lesser-explored corners of Newcastle’s countryside, traveling by bike is one of the best ways to make the most of your visit to this buzzing city. With everything from safe cycle paths to dedicated refueling spots for cyclists, Newcastle upon Tyne is a haven for cyclists of all abilities.
Our guest author Jess Sheldon is a blogger for City Breaks in Newcastle, an avid reader, writer and lover of cocktails and peppermint tea.