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  • Premier Icon neil853

    Evening people. I’m back in the north east having been living in the north west. Just wondered if anyone local knows any good routes locally? I know a few but I’m always keen to see more, anyone fancy being a guide for me and a couple more? Happy to bring cake 🙂


    I live in Eaglescliffe and can show you some top quality routes over the North York moors etc, taking that you are a MTBer??
    Go onto
    Organise a ride (mtb) there’s a group of lads on there who organise local rides most weekends, good set of lads to.


    Premier Icon miketually

    Where in the North east are you based?

    The new stuff at Hamsterley is good and should stay rideable all winter. It’s all on the red and Black routes, but once you’ve found the good stuff you can mix and match. The Hamsterley Trailblazers do guided rides one Sunday a month, or finding the group on Facebook should get you in touch with other riders (there’s an official Trailblazers group, and also a Hamsterley Riders group).

    Swaledale has some great riding, with some fairly obvious bridleway loops, or have a chat to Stu at Dales Bike Centre and he can point you toward the best ones for the weather on the day. (Top tip: if it’s windy, use the valley bottom BW when heading upwind, then go downwind on the tops.)

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    Thrunton woods has some amazing routes, none of which are signposted. You can get more info here

    Cheeky after-work hour sessions can be had at Chopwell. Ride em now before it gets dark and the place becomes labyrinthine.

    Kielder’s trails get better and better, though it’s nearly as quick to drive from Newcastle to GT.

    Holywell Dene is still riddled with hidden stuff. Best explored on foot then returned to with a bike.

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    If you’re Tyne Valley way at all, we ride from Hexham at 8pm every Wednesday. Usually local stuff, occasionally a short drive away.

    Member if you are near Newcastle. Ride on a Thursday night for local stuff aroud the city.


    this is a good guide o get you going in county durham/southern northumberland

    beyond hamsterley

    if you’re in newcastle LD mountain centre usualy has this and a few other bike guides in stock

    also clubs noted above worth trying out, add beamish oddsox to the mix too

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    Premier Icon neil853

    Thanks for the replies guys! I’m based in hartlepool, I’ve been out with the gboro mtb guys a few times during the week, great guys but when I’ve tried to see if anyone is up for weekend riding i haven’t had any response.

    Just wanted to know if anyone would mind showing us some routes, north yorks would be good, I used to know some routes around silton where the old downhill course was but haven’t ridden there for 10 years plus.

    Just waiting for my new lights to arrive so I can get out this week night riding 🙂


    The MTBE forum is worth a look for route guides and the forum is pretty active. Lots of people in the NE post on there.

    Would like to be involved in any local rides. E-mail in profile, live near Durham City

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