The Reivers Cycle Route
Close to Gilsland is the Reivers Cycle Route, part of the national cycle network. The Reivers Route opened in 1998 and is 173 miles long. It is also known as the ‘Return C2C’ as it takes you from the end of the west-to-eas. It is now part of the National Cycle Network and the route between Tyneside and Kielder Reservoir is now properly signed. Beyond Kielder the signage is still a little erratic but we are delighted that this beautiful and isolated stretch of northern wilderness is not getting the attention it deserves.
There are fine views across to the towering Cheviots before you become immersed in the forest tracks around Kielder, where there are many options suited to mountain bikers and day tripper alike. After the Borders, Carlisle and down through the Lake District This is truly isolated terrain. You could be up in the fastnesses of Sutherland or Ross-shire. But unlike up there, you will stumble across such gems as Hesket Newmarket, with its own excellent micro-brewery, Newcastleton just into Scotland, or Cockermouth and Bassenthwaite.