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Darlington cycle routes & maps

South Durham cycle routes & maps

Here are links to cycling and walking maps in South Durham:

  1. Bishop Auckland cycling & walking map
  2. Newton Aycliffe cycling & walking map
  3. Shildon cycling and walking map

 

If you’re looking for places to cycle in Durham, there are a range of routes via the This is Durham website suited to ability and by theme: 

Places to walk and ride in Durham [external link]

 To get involved in local cycling activities and events, visit the Durham County Council website:

Cycling activities and events in County Durham [external link]

Tees Valley cycle routes & maps

For cycle routes in the Tees Valley please go to the Connect Tees Valley cycling routes [external link]

Cycle routes in the UK

If you’re feeling adventurous and want to explore what other cycle routes the UK has to offer, we have selected a few useful links to help you plan your next trip:

Hamsterley Forest cycle trails [external link]

Kielder Water & Forest Park cycling [external link]

National Cycle Network [external link]

 

Top tips for getting started

You don’t have to be a super-fit lycra lover to start cycling. All you need is a bike and a sense of adventure. Cycling is a great way to travel and  it helps you keep fit.  Read our top tips below to help you get started.

1. Try before you buy

Before you make the investment, we recommend that you rent a bike or borrow one from a friend or family member. Start off small by riding to the shops or the park. It may take a few goes before you get going but you will begin to relax and enjoy the experience. The more you practice, the more your confidence will grow and the further you will want to explore.

2. Choose the right bike

It’s important that you buy a bike that’s right for you. Consider size, budget and the type of cycling you will be doing. Seek advice from a specialist cycle shop and try out different bikes to see how they feel. The more you spend on a bike the better it is likely to be – and the longer it is likely to last.

If you’re planning on using your bike every day you will need something more durable and should view the purchase as an investment. Think how much money you could save on bus fares, petrol and train tickets.  

3. Plan your route

Before you set off on a bike ride, take some time to plan your route. If you’re just starting out, it’s best to stick to purpose built cycle paths or quiet roads rather that busy main roads, planning will help you map out the safest and quietest route for your trip.

For help planning your route, visit our cycling routes and maps page

4. Demonstrate caution and confidence

Cycling requires both confidence and caution; by caution we mean not taking unnecessary risks and using common sense. Below are some simple tips on how to stay safe when cycling:

  • If setting out on your own, let someone know where you’re going and when you will be back. If possible, take a mobile phone with you.
  • Always be aware of what is happening around you; try and anticipate what other road users and pedestrians might do.  
  • When cycling on the road, allow yourself enough space between the pavement and the road. When you’re turning, learn to look over your shoulder and signal appropriately with your arm.

5. Be visible

You should always make yourself visible to other road users and pedestrians. Wear bright, reflective clothing if you can and don't ride at night without any lights. If you want to be heard as well as seen, a bell is a great way to signal pedestrians and other cyclists. 

6. Be prepared

Whether you’re going for a short ride to your friend’s house or a long trek through the woods, it always pays to be prepared:

  • Take suitable waterproof clothing to allow for any changes in the weather
  • Carry drinks and snacks to keep you hydrated and energised
  • Take a puncture repair kit with you – just in case.

Here are some top tips for staying safe on a bicycle.

Cycle training

For information about delivering cycle training in schools contact:

Darlington

Road Safety Team
Darlington Borough Council
Allington Way
01325 406696                                                                                                                 cycletraining@darlington.gov.uk

County Durham

Road Safety Team
Durham County Council
03000 268 174
road.safety@durham.gov.uk

For lessons in cycling proficiency visit Bikeability [external link]

FREE Individual training tailored to adults

The Darlington Road Safety Team offer 4 hours of free cycle training tailored to adults that want to gain more experience and confidence riding a bicycle.

To get your free adult training or learn more about Bikeability please contact: 

Road Safety Team
Darlington Borough Council
Allington Way
01325 406696                                                                                                               cycletraining@darlington.gov.uk

Cycling with a disability

Get Cycling is a great resource for disability cycling.  They offer great information and also have around a hundred very different disability cycles for sale, many of them used and refurbished (making them more affordable).

Here are some of there resource guides:

For more information call Get Cycling at 01904 636812 or email admin@getcycling.org.uk.

Regional cycling clubs

CLUB NAME [external links]

CONTACT

Bishop Auckland Cycling Club                

 

Calendar of Events [external link]

Membership Information [external link]

Darlington Cycling Club                                               

Mr. Wilf McNaughton

wilf.mcnaughton@gmail.com                                                                                  

Michael J. Drake

Darlingtoncyclingclub@i2ifp.com

 

Ferryhill Wheelers

Howard Jones

howardjones@ferryhillwheelers.org.uk

Swaledale Outdoor Club 

Complete the online contact form [external link]

 

 

 

Aycliffe Velo

 

 

 

 

Chris Atkinson

Chris@aycliffevelo.co.uk

4Motion (Scooter, BMX and Skateboard Indoor Park)

 Phone:  01325 460550

 enquiries@4motiondarlington.org

Stockton Wheelers

 Find out more about events, how to join on their contact us [external link] page.

Gateway Wheelers

“Our Mission is to enable people with disabilities to enjoy cycling and create opportunities for personal development by providing suitable cycles, equipment and support.”   To contact Gateway Wheelers visit their contact us page [external link]

Cycle training

For information about cycle training in schools visit our activities in schools page.

For adult or on road cycle training  visit Bikeability [external link] or contact the Road Safety Teams in:

Darlington

Road Safety Team
Darlington Borough Council
Allington Way
01325 406696                                                                                                                       cycletraining@darlington.gov.uk

South Durham

Road Safety Team
Durham County Council
03000 268 174
road.safety@durham.gov.uk

 

 

Apps for cycling

Here are a few ideas for online cycling apps that can track your miles, monitor your health and show you were there are routes in your area.  There are many more apps for you to choose from and we welcome your comments and reviews or recommendations for other apps.  

Here are a few ideas to get started:

Before you buy a bicycle

Size my Bike [external link] A calculator to help determine what size bicycle would be best for you.

Before you leave home

St John Ambulance First Aid for Cyclists [external link]  We hope you never need this but strongly advise for having it before you leave the house.

BBC Weather [external link]  It helps to know the weather before you set out in order to plan accordingly.

Bike Repair  [external link] 95 Tips and 58 repair guides - save money and do it yourself!  

Measure your ride

Strava [external link] Track you running and cycling with GPS, join challenges, share photos from your activities, and follow friends.

Cyclemeter [external link] A comprehensive tool that uses GPS to measure the distance of your cycle rides and continually records your time, location, distance, elevation, and speed.

Map My Ride [external link] Shows you where you've been, how long it took you and how fast you cycled.

Coach my Ride [external link] A cycle training app to help improve your performance if you are wanting more of a challenge.  

Journey planners

Bike Hub Cycle Journey Planner [external link]  The Bike Hub 'cycle satnav' app finds quickest or quietest cycle routes and locates nearest bike shops. App features true turn-by-turn navigation, with voice instructions and vibrating alerts.

Cycle Streets [external link] A cycle journey planner for cyclists, by cyclists. Plan routes from A to B anywhere in the UK, with a choice of three routing modes to suit a range of cyclists from beginner to regular commuter. 

Google Maps [external link]  Did you know that Google maps will now show cyclists the flattest route - while not yet perfect it still helps to know where the hills will be en route.

For a good cause and one just for fun!

My Virtual Mission [external link]  Use this app to create your own cycle ride for charity.

Rider State [external link] Conquer the world with your bike!  Beat your friends or neighbours and play to become governor of your street, district or city.  Fun!  Here's the video [external link]. A bit of utopia for your future vision of only bikes on the road.

 

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