South Tyne Trail
37 km / 23 miles
A route through the remote and less-visited countryside of East Cumbria and the former North Pennines, along the South Tyne from its the source south of Garrigill, through Alston and on to Haltwhistle near Hadrian's Wall. Much of the route uses well-surfaced paths along the route of the South Tynedale Railway. This is a multi-user route using paths, bridleways or parallel quiet roads.
31/072015 Some route problems reported. The disused railway line is blocked at the south end of the Lambley Viaduct by a gateleading to private land and the detour backtracking to the road is very hilly. South of Lambley, the trail along the railway is impassable for some miles due to boggy ground and overgrowth of bushes and nettles. That said, suitable shod and prepared for some climbs, the route is through lovely countryside and Alston is worth the effort. Thought it best to indicate to potential users that this isn't a moderate ride on 2-3% gradients suggested in many sources. Could be though if the rail line was recovered and resurfaced.
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