Monday, January 22, 2018
What is stopping women cycling? ◾Don't boast of your long rides ◾Don't cultivate a "bicycle face" ◾Don't refuse assistance up a hill Just some of the advice given to female cyclists just over 100 years ago. We'll be chatting to Gary Philipson about getting more women out of cars and onto bikes on BBC Tees between 4 and 6pm this evening. An interesting read from the BBC's website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-41737483 View Post
Your journey, your way in Darlington
The borough of Darlington has hundreds of kilometres of cycle and walking routes, over 20 bus services and 3 train stations at your disposal. Getting around without using the car has never been easier!
For information about bus services in the Darlington area, including a bus map, please view the Darlington bus map [external link] (pdf)
For all bus services traveling through the Tees Valley area, visit Connect Tees Valley bus information [external link].
You can also use Connect Tees Valley journey planner [external link] to get the best route for your journey.
Types of ticket
Pay as you go top up card. For more information call 0191 2020747 or visit the Nexus Pop Card website [external link].
Buy your ticket whenever you like and keep it on your phone until you’re ready to start using it. That means that if your plans change, as long as you haven’t activated it, you can save your ticket for another day. For more info download the Arriva bus app from the Apple store or Google play store.
Main operators' websites [external links]
Some operators have apps to help manage your bus travel while you're out and about. Search your Appstore for Arriva and Stagecoach apps. They offer real-time information and maps, timetable and route information, mobile ticketing and much more.
Find out more about bus travel in the Tees Valley [external link].
Dedicated transport for wheelchair users
DAD (Darlington Association on Disability) offers a dedicated wheelchair accessible taxi service, which aims to improve the independence of wheelchair uses wishing to come to and travel around Darlington.
Residents in Darlington can now book a wheelchair accessible taxi giving greater independence to those who have previously been isolated through disability or frailty. You can find out more on the DAD's Taxi Service page [external link].
For train times and fares visit National Rail [external link]. You'll find details of all train services in Stockton and beyond, with train fares and information about discounts and rail cards. You can also purchase tickets.
Darlington station information
For information about getting to Darlington station with a guide to journey times and fares, ticket types and a network map, please view the following document
Darlington station map (pdf) [external link]
Split your ticket
Split ticketing means grabbing two tickets for different parts of a journey, instead of the whole trip. Bizarrely, it's often far cheaper. This tends to work well for longer journeys. Find out more at the Rail Easy [external link] website.
Find out more about train travel in the Tees Valley [external link].
Walking is an ideal way to explore your area and improve your health and fitness at the same time. There are miles of beautiful walkways to enjoy and plenty of groups to join and apps to help you keep track of your steps and routes.
Walking routes in Darlington
We provide downloadable walking maps for the whole the borough. There are also self-guided routes available for you to enjoy at your own pace.
Visit the Local Motion walking pages [external link] for more information.
The charity Groundwork works with Darlington to run a number of ad hoc easy walks in and around Darlington, which are particularly suited for families. Keep up to date on the activities in Darlington on the Groundworks Facebook page [external link].
Darlington Doorstep Walks is part of the national Walking for Health programme. It provides regular guided group walks for people wanting to increase their levels of activity safely and socially. Visit the Walking for Heath website [external link] for details of where they walk and when.
Living Streets is the UK charity for everyday walking. For details about their projects and a chance to join ‘the walking nation’ visit the Living Streets website [external link].
Darlington has a comprehensive network of on- and off-road cycle routes reaching throughout the borough.
On the Local Motion website, you'll find a wealth of information about cycling in the area, including downloadable cycle routes, tips and maps and links to other supporting groups.
Darlington cycle information
Cycle route maps, advice, tips and useful links, visit the Local Motion cycling section [external link].
Darlington cycle map
For a map of where to cycle in and around Darlington, download from here [external link].
Cycle parking in Darlington
Parking your bike in Darlington is simple as 1,2,3! Take a look at the Darlington town centre cycle parking map.
Darlington's Bike Stop is the delivery partner for Darlington Borough Council's cycle programme. They offer free guided rides, high quality refurbished bikes for sale and maintenance sessions so you can keep your bike in tip top condition.
Visit the Bike Stop website [external link] for more info.
Sustrans is the national cycle charity, with lots of information and guidance on all aspects of cycling. Visit the Sustrans website [external link] for more information.
Find out more about cycling in the Tees Valley [external link].