I started this stage on Tuesday 28th September from Musselburgh, Edinburgh & finishied on Saturday 3rd October in Newcastle the final number of miles covered up to & including Saturday 3rd October was 224 miles. The bike suffered 0 punctures & no mechanical failures. Once again on daily rides I normally drank at least 2 litres of water per day & consumed numerous chocolate bars, flapjacks & bananas to keep my energy levels up.
I wanted to do this route so that I could start where I finished on my last ride (Aviemore – Edinburgh), I enjoyed both previous rides & wanted to do one more trip this year.
On this trip was once again good to me, although I was not expecting it so I had suitable waterproof gear with me to be prepared. During all of the ride the weather was fine & sunny with a pleasant temperature, with no threat of rain I was able to wear my shorts every day .
The scenery along the coast of Northumberland is beautiful, the cycle routes I followed were known as the NCN76 & NCN1 Coast & Castles Route, there was certainly plenty of coast & I passed several castles. I think the section I enjoyed most was the section between Alnmouth & Gosforth on Thursday 1st October during the morning.
The cycle route from Alnmouth was all off road as far as Snab point the surface was smooth so I could maintain a good pace & the signage was great. After Snab Point the route became urbanised & I headed inland. There were other good sections but this was by far the best.
The rides I had through the centre of Newcastle & the routes were surprisingly easy & well marked, riding across the Tyne Bridge provided some great views from both sides. I had forgotten how long & steep the rode up from the bridge into Gateshead was however at the top there were some lovely views around the county of Tyne & Wear which included the landmark Angel Of The North overlooking the A1 road. The final ride back into Newcastle was via the Tanfield Railway path to the Tanfield Railway Station (heritage line) & from there a great downhill for a few miles to the River Tyne & back into Newcastle just in time to join the hundreds of rugby fans from South Africa & Scotland heading for the World Cup match at St James Park, Newcastle.
So that’s probably my last long distance ride for 2015 but I’ll continue in 2016 with a starting point of Durham City which was the furthest I got on this trip.
“Life is like riding a bicycle – in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving” – Albert Einstein