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On Yer Bike: free wheeling in NewcastleGateshead this summer

13th May 2014

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This month one of the UK’s best loved cycle routes – the Sea to Sea (C2C) – celebrates its 20th anniversary. Newcastle-based cycle tour operator Saddle Skedaddle is celebrating with a three-day anniversary bike-ride (24-26 May), in advance of a summer of bike-friendly fun in their home destination.

Andrew Straw, from Saddle Skedaddle, commented; “2014 sees the 20th anniversary of the C2C, Sustrans’ iconic coast to coast cycling journey which starts on the west coast at Whitehaven and ends 140 miles later at Tynemouth after passing through the centre of Newcastle. It’s a must do ride for any cyclist and superb challenge for those new to cycling but with a decent level of fitness.

“To celebrate this event Saddle Skedaddle and Sustrans are running a cycling break and asking participants to raise some money to ensure the route is kept in tip top condition for the years to come. Just think how you’ll feel after completing the distance having raised some money for this worthwhile cycling charity too.”

In honour of the 140-mile route here are the top places to park your bike in NewcastleGateshead whether exploring on two wheels as part of a city-break, or passing through en-route to the picturesque coastal C2C finish-line at Tynemouth:

The Cycle Hub
Situated on the iconic NewcastleGatesehad Quayside, The Cycle Hub sits squarely just before the final leg of the C2C in the Ouseburn Valley and is the perfect place for a pit-stop. Enjoy a reviving cuppa and piece of cake before heading to the finish line at Tynemouth. If you’re visiting NewcastleGateshead on a short break, then hire a bike and set about exploring some of the many bike friendly locations across the destination.

Ouseburn Valley
Heralded by the New York Times as one of NewcastleGateshead’s most vibrant areas, the Ouseburn is home to a variety of pubs, a city stables, city farm, galleries and venues including Seven Stories, the national centre for children’s books. The lower Ouseburn also connects with nearby Jesmond Dene via a 2-mile green belt through the picturesque Heaton and Armstrong Parks; providing the perfect off-road cycle route just a stones-throw from bustling city-central NewcastleGateshead.

Angel of the North
A symbol of the area’s cultural regeneration, Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North has been welcoming visitors to the area since 1998. Standing at 20m high, it is seen by more than 33 million people every year passing by road and rail; it’s a must-visit. Striking from a distance, the Angel of the North is most breathtaking up close.

Tynemouth Castle and Priory
Legend has it that the Priory is the burial place of kings from the old kingdom of Northumbria, the ruins are steeped in mystery and stand as the first fortifications protecting this section of the North East coast and Newcastle from invaders abroad, and even from the enemy at home during the English Civil War. It’s the perfect place to take in the sea-air and enjoy a well earned ice-cream at the C2C finish line.

The Keelman and Big Lamp Brewery
Located at the far end of the Keelman cycleway in Newburn, The Keelman Pub is a cyclist’s favourite serving a selection of thirst-quenching real ales many of which have been brewed next door in the Big Lamp Brewery. Join the Keelman Cycleway on Gateshead Quays and head west along the River Tyne.

Visitors to NewcastleGateshead can also enjoy a range of cycling focussed events this summer. The brand new Newcastle Traithalon will take to the starting blocks on 19 July against the iconic backdrop of the NewcastleGateshead quayside. Combining open water swimming in the River Tyne, the route will take participants underneath the Gateshead Millennium Bridge with a quayside cycle circuit and a run that will pass by some of the destination’s most famous sights. Thousands from all over the UK and further afield are expected to turn out to see athletes of all abilities taking part.

The Virgin Money Cyclone, which was founded in the North East in 2007, takes place 19-22 June and welcomes professional and amateur cycling enthusiasts across four days of race events. SkyRide Newcastle also takes place in August.

For more information on cycling holidays and the C2C visit or call 0191 265 1110.

For more on cycling in and around NewcastleGateshead visit


For media enquiries contact:
Shelley Armstrong
Media & PR Manager
T. +44 (0)191 440 5739
M. +44 (0)7717 631 109

Notes to editors:
• United by seven bridges across a spectacular riverscape, Newcastle (a city on the north bank of the River Tyne) and Gateshead (a town on the south bank) form a single, diverse and extremely vibrant visitor destination. World-class culture, vibrant nightlife, award-winning dining, inspiring heritage, fantastic shopping and acclaimed architecture are combined here like nowhere else, by the famous Geordie spirit which is symbolised by Antony Gormley’s iconic Angel of the North as it welcomes travellers to the area.

• NewcastleGateshead Initiative is a destination management and marketing agency; a public-private partnership supported by Gateshead and Newcastle City Councils, working with around 170 private sector partner organisations across NewcastleGateshead and the wider region

• NewcastleGateshead Initiative is supported by a board offering expertise from a range of sectors and professions. We also work with a wide range of partners, stakeholders and businesses, who share our ambition to inspire people to visit and to live, learn, work and invest in NewcastleGateshead.

o Our marketing & communications team works to promote and position NewcastleGateshead as a vibrant tourism destination, through targeted campaigns nationally and internationally. Our visitor information team helps ensure visitors have the best possible experience when they’re here, providing information and support.

o Our cultural programming team work with partners across the destination to bring together NewcastleGateshead’s cultural offer and deliver some of our most popular festival & events, including EAT! NewcastleGateshead, Juice Festival and the NewcastleGateshead Winter Festival.

o Our Convention Bureau uses local knowledge and expertise to help organise conferences, meetings or events in NewcastleGateshead and the surrounding area. It provides a free service including, venue sourcing and accommodation booking, to arranging transport and entertainment for delegates

o Our inward investment team helps businesses locate, expand and flourish in NewcastleGateshead, providing a range of services to make it easy to realise their ambitions for growth

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