Ride out of Wooler and find yourself in cycling heaven, quiet country lanes and bridleways lend themselves to some of the finest biking in the country. Whether you prefer smooth or bumpy rubber on your tyres there are so many options to choose from you'll simply always find your curiosity drawn down that next turn-and Glendale doesn't have one roundabout or even a set of traffic lights within its 250 square miles footprint.
Cyclists have access to limitless terrain from Wooler - a designated cycle hub. Wooler Cycle Hub has no less than 7 way-marked routes for many abilities, radiating from the centre of Glendale. Routes range from 8 to 40 miles and take you through Glendale past local attractions, historical sites and of course, cake stops. Two of the routes nip out of Glendale across the border into Scotland and over the water to Holy Island, don't forget to find out the tide times for the causeway! There's one off road route, which takes you into the wild Cheviot Hills, it's a pretty strenuous ride but you'll be rewarded with one of the best single-track decents in the county not far from the end of the ride.
And for the serious cyclists, there is the Wooler Wheel sportive to tackle- The Wooler Wheel 100km route has 1474 metres of ascent, making it one of the more demanding routes on the UK sportive calendar!
You can pick up a variety of maps in The Tourist Information Centre just down the road. There are well laid out waterproof maps to help you on your way, they give further directions for each route as well highlighting the various possible stops on the way. Maps are available at the Youth Hostel and the Tourist Information Centre in town, as well as many other retail outlets throughout Glendale.
Borderlands 30/60/100/170- May 2018- Date TBC
Launched in 2014 with four routes of different lengths for all abilities taking in North Northumberland and crossing the border into Scotland.
The Borderlands, where the unique met the unusual – a unique challenge and an unusual venue. It was also the first for a British Cycling backed junior specific sportive.
The routes all start and finish at the spacious Harrison & Hetherington Livestock Mart and wend their way through North Northumberland and Scottish Borders, skirting the Northumberland National Park and the high Cheviots. The landscape is in the main hilly with several steep ascents (and descents), but on the Milfield Plain (the flattish flood plain of the River Till) and alongside the River Tweed, the topography is fairly level.
Classic- October 2018- Date TBC
The original and still a firm favourite. All in Northumberland with nominal distances of 100 and 50km.
Starting and finishing in Wooler, Gateway to The Cheviots, The Wooler Wheel takes you on a circular tour through stunning scenery and challenging climbs. A cycle ride to be remembered through 8,000 years of history within beautiful Glendale, North Northumberland.
A great introduction for first time sportivers, but still demanding rides for experienced cyclists. A perfect way to wind down the season for elite cyclists.
Visit the Wooler Wheel website for more information and to signup