The route starts and finishes at the John Swan Livestock Auction Wooler and is all on tarmac. There are still a couple of challenging climbs, the actual distance is 56km, 35 miles with a total ascent of 700m.
There is no minimum age to enter, maximum age is 80 years. Under 18 years of age but over 16 need to have submitted a parental consent form. Under 16 must be capable of completing the course and to have to have a responsible adult accompanying them as well as a parental consent form. These can be obtained by e-mailing a request from this site or from the British Cycling site.
The 100km and 50km routes wend their way through the Glendale area of Northumberland, skirting the Northumberland National Park and the high Cheviots. The landscape is in the main hilly with several steep ascents (and descents), but on the Milfield Plain and alongside the River Tweed, the topography is fairly level. This is arguably one of the most visually stunning ride of its kind in England with superb views of the High Cheviots from many different aspects, views of the beautiful Northumberland coast, and, of the Eildon and Lammermuir Hills in Scotland.
Our friends at The Heart of Northumberland Tourism Association feature many cycle friendly accommodation providers on their website within a few miles of the start of the event. To search for accommodation just follow this link – we’ve applied the ‘cycle friendly’ filter already so it will take you straight to the relevant search results.