Reivers cycle route
UK cycle trails
Reivers cycle route is a challenging trail running from Tynemouth to Whitehaven. It takes cyclists from the North Sea through Northumberland and past Kielder Water — Europe’s largest man-made lake.
From there, the route passes briefly into Scotland before moving south west to Carlisle and the Lake District, and then ending at the Irish Sea. The route is named after the marauding Reivers family clan who terrorized the border country in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
How difficult is Reivers cycle route?
The length of the route — the majority of which is on quiet off road track and minor roads — makes it a challenge in itself, although its lacks the huge climbs of other routes such as the C2C. Cyclists will be against the prevailing wind the majority of the time if they ride east to west, which can make it difficult. However, the route is signposted for riding in both directions — so you could try traveling west to east instead, which will be easier.
Distance: 175 miles (approximately 282km)