North Sea Cycle Route
and ends in the Shetland Islands,
passing through County Durham.
AboutRoute: The North Sea Cycle Route is a 6,000km route based on existing national, regional and local cycle routes in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Scotland and England.
It is also a part of the EuroVelo project of long-distance cycle routes across Europe and is numbered EuroVelo 12.
Distance: 1,057 km within England and 1,242 km within Scotland.
The North Sea Cycle Route is a 6,000 km chain of exciting experiences waiting for the cycling tourist. You will explore an immense amount of scenery in eight different countries: cities, charming towns, villages, countryside from mountains to below sea level. The route takes you through coastal areas with sandy beaches and cliffs, but also inland through woods and past traditional farmhouses. There is no need to worry about finding your way back, you may simply continue cycling and end up where you started or use one of the many ferry links to get back home.
The route opened in 2001 and was awarded a Guinness record certificate in May 2003 as the world's longest cycle route. In the UK the Route follows sections of the National Cycle Network, created by Sustrans and our partners. National Routes 1, 14, 65, 72 and Regional Route 52 form sections of the North Sea Cycle Route.
The route passes right through Durham county and the distance from Hartlepool to Seaham is a distance of 28.9 km.
Route information supplied by Sustrans. Sustrans is the charity that’s enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day. It’s time we all began making smarter travel choices. Make your move and support Sustrans today. www.sustrans.org.uk
- Distance: Over 20 Miles
- Grade: Moderate
- Route Surface: Off Road
- Route Surface: On Road
- Route Surface: Railway Path
- Grade (Moderate)
- Route Surface (On Road)
- Route Surface (Railway Path/Walkers/Horses/Villages/Roads)
- Route Surface (Road and Surfaced Path)
- Suitable For (Any Bike)