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The ‘Ride’

Cyclists heading along ncn 7 on the track-bed of the old railway line that carried iron ore up these hills to the erstwhile Consett Iron Works. The line is famously steep around here, so these heavy trains were quite a spectacle in the days ... [more]

Also Durham council are replacing the dropped curb alongside along the A167 cyclepath and smoothing them. Nice but a bit like glittering a turd. Sure there's better things the money could be spent on https://t.co/BsjvKX4qqT

Newly surfaced link path in Pity Me from road to shared path beside A167. What does Durham council do. Bung up a no cycling sign of course. #slowclap https://t.co/GLbxO65cLm

Crossing the Tees at Whorlton on NCN route 165

Broken cycle parking stand.

Cycle route rejoins carriageway (although there is no signage to indicate this, just a painted lane indicating to leave the carriageway in the other direction), having just crossed to this side of the road at #71201.

Cycle route crosses to the right-hand side of the road, only to go onto the carriageway under the viaduct. A complete nonsense!

Traffic island hopping cycle route that ends up joining the carriageway of the road on the right anyway. However, the road on the right is signed as 'No Entry except buses'.

Route signs for cycle route avoiding the main road, rather than providing for cycles on the main road. Route 70 is shown in brackets here, unlike #71197, which is meant to mean this isn't route 70 but leads there, in both directions.

A damaged cycle parking stand in Durham.

Route sign directs cyclists onto road signed as 'No Entry except buses'.

This young lad waited for ages before crossing on red during a gap in traffic. I did likewise just afterwards.

It is easier to return to the carriageway at this driveway dropped kerb rather than the location specially designed for this purpose (see #71159). Also, the original implementation of this cycle provision included a 'Give Way' triangle at e ... [more]

Footway cycling provision ends abruptly at sharp corner to return onto carriageway.

Blacked-out shared-use footway cycle markings approaching roundabout (see also #71157). The carriageway has recently been widened at this point.

Blacked-out cycle path markings on the footway around the signalised roundabout. So is it still available for cycle use? There are no signs here to say it is.

Despite the risks, a cyclist chooses the road through the signalised roundabout in preference to the island-hopping shared-use footway route around it.

A bus stop on the shared-use footway into Chester-le-Street.

A kissing gate on the Wolsingham Wheelchair Walk, attached to which is a sign reading "Footpath only, No Cycling".

No Cycling on the Wolsingham Wheelchair Walk alongside the River Wear

Interesting sign on the way to the Locomotion museum. This road does not appear to be available for general motor traffic use.

A cycle path (most of the way) to the station. Other end at #71071.

Confusion! Why no cycling between these two signs?

Sign on square pole.

Cycle parking outside Locomotion.

A shop stand in use as cycle parking at Beamish museum.

Cycleworld/CLS in Chester-le-Street

A toucan crossing across North Burns, and the entrance to the bus station on South Burns, and just visible the end of the marketplace in between.

Restrictions on through traffic on Front Street described as "Pedestrian Zone", even though it is a busy bus route!

What appears to be a speed hump for pedestrians.

Traffic calming by pinch-point and restrictions on through traffic in Front Street.

Poor cycle road crossing

Route signs for NCN route 7 (Walney to Wear)

Route through the former station at Lartington

Paved bridleway

NCN 70 route sign

Steps and missing bridge on the former railway west of Barnard Castle

Walkers on the former railway west of Barnard Castle

Steps to path on former railway west of Barnard Castle

The former railway bridge, Barnard Castle - used by the National Cycle Network, but not much use for touring bikes without ramps

Cycleable path west from the former railway bridge, Barnard Castle

NCN route 70 using the former railway bridge (not suitable for actual cycling) at Barnard Castle

Paved bridleway towards Barnard Castle

Former railway bridge, Barnard Castle - only really wide enough to be a footpath

The old railway bridge, Barnard Castle - ramps required for cycling.

Footpath on former railway west from Barnard Castle - this could easily be upgraded to be a cycle route.

Route up past Barnard castle

Scattered cycle stands (and P sign) on Galgate, Barnard Castle

View from Barnard Castle to the railway bridge, now a footpath

Route past the actual Barnard Castle - No (motor?) Vehicles Beyond This Point

It's unusual to see Sustrans and Hovis Byway signs sharing the same plate

NCN route 165 follows this alley off the main road through Barnard Castle

Route around the church, Barnard Castle

NCN route 165 follows this alley off the main road through Barnard Castle

NCN route 165 follows this alley off the main road through Barnard Castle

NCN route 165 follows this alley off the main road through Barnard Castle

Not a lot of cycle parking on the main road through Barnard Castle

To find the cycle parking at the Bowes Museum you have to go right around and start heading towards the exit.

Near Cowsley on the c2c

A1300 John Reid road. Only specific cycling provision is across the bus exit, not the busy dual carriageway!

None of these routes show up on the route planner.

Bridge to the Pennine Way at Low Force, Teesdale - pedestrians only

Waskerley Way Lydgett's Junction, Waskerley Way.

Terris Novalis Sculpture – a stainless steel theodolite and an engineer’s level by Tony Cragg – Turner prize winning works outside Consett celebrating local industry

Weardale Location: , Daddry Shield (England, United Kingdom)

Spitfire Cycles bike shop

Approaching Sunderland on the C2C

Only 27 miles to go

The Hownsgill Viaduct across the valley

On the Waskerley Way

The start of the Waskerley Way, cyclepath follows an old railway line down from the Pennines towards Sunderland

Park Station Cycleway Services

In the Pennines, on the C2C route

Advert for the Rookhope Inn, welcoming cyclists

National Cycle Route is strange but well signed.

Market Place

Durham University are adding several cycle parking shelters. But they are moving rows of stands against the CLC building that were already over-crowded.

"This area is for pedal cycle parking only."

Consett &Sunderland Railway Cycle Path over Front Street, Pelton, Co. Durham

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