The Reivers Route – a personal post from riding the Reivers Cycle Route
The Reivers Route used to be known as the ‘return C2C route’ but these days has competition in the Hadrian’s Cycleway. I cycled the Reivers Route a few years back with my wife and found it a wilder route than the C2C and Hadrian’s.
The route was pretty well signposted, but I would definitely recommend taking the official map.
The Reivers Route starts at Tynemouth (where the C2C finishes) and heads north west to Bellingham along country lanes.
It then becomes wilder as it runs through Kielder Forest. We opted not to take the forest track routes, since my wife was on a road bike. We did hear from other cyclists that some of the forest tracks were not as well signposted as they could have been, but that was some years ago now, so any comments on the current state of signposting thorugh Kielder Forest would be good.
The route came out of the forest and dropped down through Newcastleton. We had a quick stop off to see the fabulous Bewcastle Cross, and then headed down to Carlisle using the signposted country lanes.
From Carlisle, the road rises pretty steadily to Caldbeck, from where there are some quite entertaining (!) ups and downs to Bassenthwaite.
It’s then quite straightforward to Cockermouth where the route joins the Workington branch of the C2C. In Workington it turns south, running on cycleways almost all the way to the finish at Whitehaven on the slipway, exactly where the Whitehaven branch of the C2C starts.
Would I recommend it? Most definitely.
We’ve the map in the shop here, and this is a link: