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This map shows the classification of roads within the Weardale area as a guide for cyclists who may want to use the quieter minor roads.


RED : The A689 is the only A road and it runs the length of Weardale. It is a busy main road and often carries heavy vehicles. The western stretch between Frosterley and Alston is often narrow and winding with poor visibility. It is not a safe route for family cycling.

BLACK: These are classed as B roads and are numbered. They carry less traffic than the A689.

GREEN: These are metalled, but minor unclassified roads and usually carry little traffic. However cyclists should take care as these roads are narrow, winding  and they may carry large farm traffic and service vehicles.  Riders on horseback may also use these routes.

PURPLE: These are off-road sections of the C2C cycle track which follow an old railway line across moorland and are mostly gentle gradients. This off-road section is a permissive route which is closed on days when grouse shooting is in operation. The use of this section is a privilege not a right. Please observe the closed signs.

NO COLOUR: These may be private roads to farms, service roads or unmetalled bridlepaths and byways.

GRADIENTS: This is hilly country so expect steep hills where you might have to get off your bike and push, but the high minor roads often offer rewarding views across the valley. BEWARE that the steep downhill stretches can be dangerous.

Cyclists who are looking for thrills or challenges should refer to

The Roof of England Website

or Hamsterley Forest Off Road Cycling.