Commuting Cycle Routes

There are several signed cycle routes radiating out from the centre of Gateshead - some of these follow shared or segregated cycle paths, others are on-road with or without cycle lanes. Several routes have been given names and are signed as such.

There are also many other short sections of cycle paths around the borough which are not named or signed but are shown on the maps.

Town centre map showing cycle parking and routes

Select the route required and click the direction sign
which will take you the page(s) for that route

Named Cycle Routes

Signed Route
Great North Cycleway - National route 725
Tyne Bridge via Gateshead Town Centre to Birtley via A167 Durham Road,
passing Angel of the North at Eighton.
An on-road cycle route with cycle lanes and advanced stop lines at traffic signaled junctions.
Links with Bowes Railway Path just south of A1(T) junction at Eighton
and the Teams Colliery Waggonway near the Angel of the North.

Linking north to Newcastle and south to Chester Le Street as NCN 725

Signed Route
East Gateshead Cycleway
Town Centre to Heworth Metro / Bus interchange - following an off-road path alongside the south side of the A184 Felling Bypass on a mixture of Shared and Segregated Use paths - with a link to the Gateshead Stadium via Toucan Crossing.

This route has now been extended further eastwards along the Felling Bypass on a shared use path to Kirkwood gardens and then along Old Sunderland road to the district boundary at Whitemare Pool.

Links with
NCN 14 Keelman's Way at Heworth and RCR 11 Bowes Railpath at Wardley

Signed Route
St. James Boulevard Cycleway
Links Gateshead Stadium with Gateshead Stadium Metro Station and Sunderland Road - partly off-road.

Signed Route
West Gateshead Cycleway
This route follows the detour that was put in place during the re-building of the Keelmans Way NCN 14 along the Riverside. It connects the Town centre to Team Street and is mostly on shared use paths. The route falls steeply from Bensham Road down to Team Street.

Signed Route
Bensham Cycleway
Town Centre to Team Valley - partly off-road using shared and segregated cycle paths

Signed Route
Teams Cycleway
Linking Keelmans Way (NCN 14) to start of the Tanfield Railway Path.
Also links to Eslington Park Cycleway

Signed Route
Follingsby Cycleway
Meresyde - Lingey Lane.
First part of a signed route to Sunderland via Follingsby Lane

Un-Named Cycle Routes

MetroCentre Cycleway
There is a cycleway around the whole shopping complex with public cycle parking situated close to the entrances to each Mall.

The MetroCentre Cycleway links to the
Cross Lane Cycleway
and NCN 14 Keelman's Way

Also will link (later) to the MetroCentre Railway Station.

For people working at the MetroCentre changing
rooms with secure lockers are provided.

Signed route
Gateshead Quays Link
Links the Town Centre to Gateshead Quays and in the future to the Gateshead Business Park.
Links with NCN 14 Keelman's Way close to the Baltic.
This route was used as part of the Keelmans Way NCN 14 detour between Baltic and Team Street

Newcastle Links

There are cycle routes linking to and across the High Level and Tyne Bridges.
Also via Gateshead Millennium bridge to Newcastle Quayside and NCN 72 Hadrians Way

Signed Route
Sunderland Road
Town Centre to Heworth Interchange using on-road cycle lanes.
Links to St. James Boulevard Cycleway and East Gateshead Cycleway at Heworth.

Signed Route

Old Durham Road B1296 via Sheriff Hill
Gateshead Town centre to Wrekenton.
An on-road cycle route with cycle lanes and advanced stop lines at traffic signaled junctions.
Continues as an advisory route to link with Durham Road A167 cycle route at the A1(T) junction at Eighton.

Links with Teams Colliery Waggonway at Wrekenton

Signed Route
Shields Road A185 via Bill Quay
Heworth Metro Station to Pelaw and onto Hebburn.
A partly signed route with some cycle lane provision with bus /cycle lane at the boundary with South Tyneside over the rail bridge where there are links to the Keelmans Way NCN 14 and the Bowes Railway Path RCR 11.

For links to other Recreational Cycle Routes mentioned above.

Advisory Cycle Routes

These are shown on the two Gateshead Cycle Maps by a yellow line.
They generally follow quiet back roads wherever possible providing links to and from other cycle routes.