The Bike List

New Cycling Website for Durham Launched

A new cycling and walking website, www.thisisdurham.com/outdoors was launched over the weekend to coincide with the inaugural Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Pennines cycling event in the spectacular Durham Dales.

Packed full of information on cycling, walking and outdoor opportunities available in Durham, the site is a 'one stop shop', where visitors can find out about routes and nearby attractions, build an itinerary, book accommodation and get all the information they need to prepare to explore Durham on wheels and on foot.

There is renewed interest in cycling as a sport and a pastime following the huge success of Team GB at the Olympic and Paralympic games in London over the summer. Cycle tourism in the UK is already valued at £635 million per year and has massive growth potential. Durham has the routes and scenery to take advantage of the current cycling 'buzz', and become the location of choice for dramatic rides on the open roads, adventurous woodland trails and trips on scenic routes for the more casual rider.

The website is part of a wider marketing campaign, showcasing Durham and its famous cycle routes including the C2C, Walney 2 Wear and Whitby and North Sea Cycle Route and best-loved walking routes including the Weardale Way, Teesdale Way and Pennine Way.
Visitors can take in the breathtaking sights of the Durham Dales and North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the dramatic views from the Durham Heritage Coast - where routes are dotted with historical gems and natural wonders.

Hamsterley Forest is a magnet for mountain bikers, with its specially designed skills loop, downhill mountain bike courses, and offers a thrilling experience. And for the peace and tranquillity of the waterside, holidaymakers can head to one of Durham's many reservoirs or riverside routes.

Melanie Sensicle, Chief Executive of Visit County Durham said: "The website is full of information and really user-friendly features that help people to learn more about cycling and walking in Durham, decide what route is right for them, and plan a full itinerary that includes places to stay, visit and eat on route. It caters for cycling and walking holidays, and for people who like a bit of exercise as part of a short break or family holiday."