Waskerley Way to Tynemouth

This superb route from Waskerley Way to Tynemouth forms part of the famous C2C, and is an easy and attractive option for those short on time – or for a less experienced long distance cyclist seeking a more compact enjoyable ride. It is guaranteed to deliver an epic experience whatever the ability of the rider. 

The Route

Waskerley Way is a beautifully scenic path for you to begin your adventure, formed from the oldest railway line in the world, opened back in 1725. The line is situated between the fluorspar mining village of Rookhope and boomtown of Consett. This peaceful traffic-free route is expertly maintained for cyclists, walkers and horse-riders to enjoy.

You will pass through the impressive Hownsgill Viaduct, built from three million white firebricks to transport limestone in the 19th Century. The single track line reaches heights of 46 meters above the tree canopy, where you can explore the breathtaking views across the Smiddy Shaw, Waskerley and Hisehope reservoirs. 

Varied landscape awaits for you to pedal along the urban fringe and out to exposed heather blanketed moorland. The variety of habitats allows for the various plants and wildlife to flourish here. It is common to spot the distinct Black Grouse, with its red facial markings and proud white tail feathers, alongside England’s smallest bird of prey, the Merlin. You may also be lucky enough to spot small snakes and the unusual slow worm as you travel along the grasslands and into the village of Castleside. 

As you glide through Castleside and onto the neighbouring town of Stanley, you could stop and enjoy the open air Beamish museum, which brings the past to life by offering a hands on historical extravaganza. Discover how the North East kept spirits high during World War II as you travel around the re imagined town, farm and pit village via the restored tram or bus, before popping off at the traditional sweet shop for a bag of sherbet lemons or the award winning tea room for a light bite or mouthwatering cake. The museum is a fantastic addition to the route, if this is somewhere you would like to enjoy you will need to book in advance as walk-ins are unreliable. It is set approximately halfway along the route and so if you would like to take a substantial break here, we can suggest accommodation for the night close by. 

The final leg of the journey from Beamish to Tynemouth follows route 72 along the Derwent Walk. This is a scenic and comfortable ride, with the quayside, modern buildings and 7 River Tyne Bridges being amongst the highlights of this pathway, including the architectural masterpiece of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, the world’s first and only tilting bridge. You will then cycle through the urban streets of Cullercoats and onto your end destination at the Seaside town of Whitley Bay where you can relax in the golden sand, celebrating your efforts whilst taking in the majestic coastline. 

The View restaurant is a perfect place to enjoy the sunset over the water whilst enjoying a well earned drink, standing prominently at the North end of the beach, with spectacular views of the beach towards Cullercoats, Tynemouth Priory and Tynemouth North Pier.

What We Can Offer

  • Bike transfer from Tynemouth or Newcastle Central Station to Waskerley Way to start your trip (other pick up locations available on request)
  • All baggage transfers between accommodation
  • Route Maps and GPX file
  • List of bike shops and places to visit en-route
  • Phone support available from 7am to 10pm daily
  • Emergency support – to help you in your moment of need
  • Transfer from Tynemouth to Newcastle at the end of the experience
  • Transfer for riders and bikes to your home or accommodation

Route Highlights

  • Spectacular views of the moorlands.
  • Explore the fantastic open air Beamish museum
  • Spot fascinating wildlife in their natural habitat
  • Finish on the relaxing, golden beach of Whitley Bay

Why Choose This Route?

  • It provides an interesting, compact route which passes through glorious countryside and urban towns.
  • The scenery is superb throughout and the ride more manageable than the popular C2C, making it accessible to a greater range of fitness levels

Accommodation Recommendations

The Waskerley to Tynemouth route can be completed in one day. If you would prefer to ride at a slower pace and stretch the journey out over multiple days we can help you plan further accommodation along the route. It is important that your evening accommodation is reached in a safe, enjoyable manner, we have provided a few recommendations for you to consider. 

ecocabs and ecocabs cycles work both in the public and private sectors, working with some of the largest employers in the North East. We can offer accommodation booking and full package services but unfortunately  only with corporate clients due to the hands on approach we take in all aspects of our business.   If you would like to know more about  ecocabs cycles corporate support please see here.