Best Motorcycle Routes in Northumberland and North East England

What makes a motorcycle ride great? Quiet country lanes which meander from tiny village to tiny village through woodland and moorland? Fast sweeping roads where the open countryside and clear sight-lines allow quick and progressive riding and raise your pulse?

A visit to a local craft bakery for a cup of tea and a bacon sandwich? Historical sights, museums, castles, beaches, border crossings, islands only accessible at low tide, cathedrals, forests, reservoirs?

The North East of England offers all of this, as well as friendly and welcoming locals, making it one of the best places to ride motorcycles.

Northumbria Advanced Motorcyclists boasts some of the region’s most experienced bikers. Members have amassed a wealth of local knowledge which enables us to recommend some first-class routes, some of the best motorcycle roads in the country and some most enjoyable, biker-friendly cafés.

Whatever you wish for, as a biker or a pillion, the North East can offer it in spades. Our motorcycle runs will take you along the dramatic coastlines of Northumberland, past the grandeur of Durham Cathedral and through the rugged beauty of Hadrian’s Wall Country as it stretches to the border with Scotland. Bikers will revel in the almost deserted lanes and roads which unfold to present ever more breath-taking vistas across the North Pennines and the Cheviots. Turn off the main road and you will soon have miles and miles of great riding routes to yourself.

From the swooping contours of the Roman built Military Road (B6318), which follows the Roman Wall for much of its length, to the stunning Coastal Route which tracks the coast from Tyne to Tweed taking in tiny fishing villages, former mining communities, castles and some of the best beaches in the world.

Contained in the routes below are pretty roads, pretty villages, twisty roads and technical roads. Bikers will need all of their skills as, in the space of a few miles, you can be crossing a ford in the bottom of a wooded valley before tackling tight hairpins that twist and turn when the same route climbs to the desolate Cheviot border moorland.

Some of the rides cross the border into Scotland multiple times and show off the rugged, bleak and windswept landscape. Others take a return trip west to the Lake District or south into the Pennines and the Yorkshire Dales via the North East’s best motorcycle roads.

No passports are needed on any of these routes! Enjoy and ride safely!

The Routes

Click the road signs below to select routes north, south or west of Northumberland.

Follow our suggested motorcycle rides north from Northumberland into the Scottish Borders. Highlights include Kielder Forest Drive, a favourite with NAM members.
21 routes
Follow our suggested motorcycle rides within Northumberland’s county boundaries. Highlights include the Military Road and coastal route.
10 routes
Follow our suggested motorcycle rides south from Northumberland into the Pennines and North Yorkshire.
25 routes
Follow our suggested motorcycle rides west from Northumberland into Cumbria and The Lake District.
16 routes

Route Count by Town, Road and Café

Find routes by the places passed through and the motorcycle-friendly cafés we’ve stopped at on the way.

List of motorcycle routes by town
Town Route Count
Abbotrule 1
Abby Town 1
Acklington 2
Acklinton 1
Acomb 3
Akeld 1
Aldbrough 1
Allendale 5
Allendale Town 4
Allenheads 8
Alnham 1
Alnmouth 2
Alnwick 12
Alston 16
Amble 8
Ambleside 1
Annan 2
Appleby-in-Westmorland 3
Arkle 1
Arncliffe 1
Ashington 4
Askam 1
Askrigg 1
Auchencairn 1
Ayton 1
Bainbridge 1
Bamburgh 7
Bampton Grange 1
Banks 1
Barnard Castle 8
Beadnell 3
Beal 1
Bearsbridge 1
Bedburn 1
Bedlington 1
Belford 7
Bellingham 10
Belsay 18
Bentpath 3
Berwick Hill 1
Berwick Upon Tweed 1
Blackpool Gate 1
Blakey Ridge 1
Blanchland, 6
Blencarn 1
Bonchester Bridge 11
Bonjedward 2
Borrowdale 2
Boulby 1
Boulmer 1
Bowes 2
Braithwaite 1
Brampton 9
Branton 1
Broomhill 2
Brotton 1
Brough 7
Broughton 1
Buckden 1
Burnthouses 1
Buttermere 2
Butterwick 1
Byrness 1
Cadwell 1
Caldwell 1
Callaly 2
Callay 1
Cambo 5
Camptown 3
Canonbie 2
Carleton 1
Carperby 1
Carter Bar 2
Cartington 3
Castle Carrock 3
Castleside 2
Castleton 2
Caton 1
Catton 3
Chathill 2
Chatton 3
Chesters 4
Chillingham 1
Chollerford 22
Chollerton 3
Chop Gate 1
Choppington 1
Christon Bank 1
Church Houses 1
Clarence Field 1
Claygate 2
Coanwood 5
Cockermouth 1
Cockfield 1
Colcleugh 1
Coldstream 6
Colwell 2
Copley 1
Corbridge 10
Cornhill-on-Tweed 1
Cowshill 2
Crawcrook 1
Cray 1
Cresswell 2
Crockerford 1
Croglin 2
Culgaith 1
Cummertrees 1
Cumrew 1
Cumwhinton 1
Dalbeattie 1
Dalby Forest Drive 1
Dalston 1
Dalton 4
Denholm 1
Detchant 1
Devil’s Bridge 1
Dissington 1
Druridge Bay 1
Dumfries 2
Duns 1
Dyke Neuk 1
Eaglescliffe 1
Earlston 1
Easington 1
East Learmouth 1
Eastgate 2
Ebchester 1
Edlingham 4
Edmundbyers 7
Edmundbyres 1
Eggleston 6
Eglingham 2
Egton 3
Eldon 1
Ellerton 1
Elsdon 7
Elwick 1
Embleton 4
Ennerdale Bridge 1
Eskdalemuir 4
Etal 1
Ettrick 2
Eyemouth 1
Falstone 3
Felton 2
Fenwick 3
Fir Tree 4
Ford 2
Fountains Abbey 1
Fourstones 7
Frosterley 1
Gainford 1
Gaisgill 1
Gamblesby 1
Gavinton 1
Gilling West 1
Gilsland 9
Glanton 2
Glanton Pyke 1
Glassonby 1
Glenkerry 1
Glenridding 1
Grassington 3
Grayrigg 1
Great Ayton 1
Great Bavington 1
Great Broughton 1
Great Langdale 1
Great Ryle 1
Great Whittington 3
Greenhaugh 2
Greenhead 13
Gretna 2
Greystead 1
Grosmont 1
Guidepost 1
Guisborough 4
Gunnerside 2
Hallbankgate 4
Halton Lea Gate 3
Haltwhistle 4
Hamsterley 4
Hardraw 1
Harelaw 4
Hartburn 1
Hartside 6
Hassendean 1
Haugh Head 1
Hawes 3
Haweswater 1
Hawick 10
Hawkhill 1
Haydon Bridge 9
Heddon-on-the-Wall 3
Hedley on the Hill 1
Helmsley 7
Helton 1
Hepple 1
Heugh 1
Hexham 14
High Stoop 2
High Trewhitt 1
Highbank Hill 1
Hipsburn 1
Holburn 1
Holy Island 1
Holystone 1
Hovingham 1
Hunstansworth 1
Hutton-le-Hole 2
Ingleton 1
Ingoe 3
Jedburgh 9
Keilder 1
Keld 2
Keldholme 1
Kelso 7
Kendal 2
Kershope Burn 1
Keswick 3
Kettlewell 3
Keverstone 1
Kielder 13
Kinsey Crag 1
Kipford 1
Kirby Lonsdale 1
Kirkbean 1
Kirkby Lonsdale 1
Kirkby Malham 1
Kirkby Moorside 1
Kirkby Stephen 7
Kirkby Steven 1
Kirkcambeck 1
Kirkcudbright 1
Kirkharle 7
Kirklevington 1
Kirkley 6
Kirkoswald 1
Knaresborough 1
Knowesgate 2
Knowsgate 3
Lambley 3
Lancaster 1
Lanchester 1
Lanehead 5
Lanercost 3
Langdale Beck 1
Langdon Beck 3
Langholm 8
Langley 2
Langthwaite 1
Langwathby 3
Lastingham 1
Layburn 1
Lazonby 1
Lea Gate 1
Leadgate 1
Lealholm 1
Leighton 1
Lesbury 7
Leyburn 5
Lilliesleaf 1
Little Bavington 3
Lochmaben 1
Lockerbie 1
Lofthouse 1
Loftus 1
Long Marton 1
Longframlington 3
Longhirst 2
Longhorsley 1
Longhoughton 3
Longtown 5
Longwitton 3
Lorbottle Hall 1
Low Hauxley 1
Low Worsall 1
Loweswater 1
Lowick 1
Lowlands 1
Lynemouth 1
Lythe 4
Malham 1
Malton 2
Marske 1
Marske-by-the-Sea 1
Maryport 1
Masham 2
Matfen 4
Meldon 1
Melmerby 6
Melmersby 1
Melsonby 1
Memberby 1
Mickley Square 1
Middeleton-in-Teesdale 1
Middlesborough 1
Middleton 1
Middleton-in-Teesdale 11
Midgeholm 1
Midgeholme 3
Milburn 1
Milfield 2
Millfield 2
Mitford 4
Morebattle 2
Morley 1
Morpeth 8
Mouswald 1
Muker 1
Nateby 1
Nenthead 5
Nether Cassock 1
Netherton 2
Netherwitton 1
New Galloway 1
Newbiggin 3
Newbrough 1
Newby Bridge 1
Newcastleton 12
Newthorpe 1
North Sunderland 1
Northallerton 1
Nunthorpe 4
Nunwick 3
Ogle 5
Old Berwick 1
Old Castleton 3
Old Malton 1
Old Swarland 2
Orton 3
Otterburn 19
Otterburn Mill 2
Ousby 1
Oxnam 1
Pateley Bridge 1
Pately Bridge 1
Pauperhaugh 1
Penrith 6
Pickering 3
Piercebridge 5
Ponteland 39
Pooley Bridge 3
Powburn 4
Prendwick 1
Preston 1
Preston Hall Park 1
Quernmore 1
Redcar 2
Redesmouth 3
Redmire 1
Reeth 5
Rennington 1
Renwick 1
Ribblesdale 1
Richmond 6
Riding Mill 3
Ripon 3
Roadhead 4
Roberton 1
Rochester 1
Rookhope 1
Rosedale 2
Rothbury 8
Rowanburn 1
Rowfoot 2
Roxburgh 1
Ruswarp 4
Ryal 4
Saltburn 1
Saltburn-by-the-Sea 2
Saltwick 1
Sandsend 3
Satley 1
Saughtree 9
Scale Houses 1
Scarborough 1
Scotch Corner 3
Scots Gap 8
Scott's View 1
Scrainwood 1
Seahouses 8
Sedbergh 3
Selkirk 1
Settle 2
Settlingstones 1
Shap 1
Sherburn 1
Shilbottle 1
Shildon 1
Shillbottle 1
Silloth 1
Sinderhope 1
Skeeby 1
Skirwith 1
Slaidburn 1
Slaley 2
Sleights 1
Slingsby 1
Smithfield 1
Snainton 1
Snitter 1
Soulby 1
South Kilverston 1
Sparty Lea 1
Sproxton 1
St John’s Town of Dalry 1
St. Boswells 1
St. John’s Chapel 5
St. Mary's Loch 1
St.Abbs 1
St.John’s Chapel 1
Stagshaw 1
Staindrop 8
Stainton 1
Staithes 1
Stamfordham 11
Standhope 1
Stanhope 15
Stannington 1
Starbotton 1
Stocksfield 3
Stokelsy 1
Stokesley 7
Sutton-under-Whitestone 1
Swinhoe 1
Talkin 1
Tan Hill 1
Tebay 1
The Grange 1
Thirsk 2
Throckley 7
Throkley 1
Thropton 10
Thursby 1
Thwaite 2
Toft Hill 3
Tongland 1
Tow Law 3
Town Yetholm 3
Townfield 1
Tranwell 1
Troutbeck 1
Ugthorpe 1
Ulgham 2
Wall 2
Wall Houses 1
Wallhouses 1
Wallington 1
Wallridge 3
Walton 1
Walwick 1
Warden 1
Wark 4
Warkworth 14
Warwick Bridge 2
Waskerley 1
Weatherby 1
Wensleydale 1
West Auckland 4
West Aukland 1
West Burton 1
West Fleeton 1
West Main 1
West Mickley 1
West Woodburn 1
Westerhope 1
Westgate 1
Westruther 2
Wetheral 1
Wetherall 1
Whalton 4
Whitby 5
Whitfield 4
Whittingham 6
Widdington Station 1
Widdrington 8
Widdrington Station 1
Wideopen 1
Winston 2
Wolsingham 6
Woodhorn 2
Wooler 11
Workington 1
Wylam 1
Yafferton 1
Yarm 2
Yarrow 1
York 1

List of motorcycle routes by road
Road Route Count
A1 17
A1032 1
A1044 1
A1045 1
A1053 1
A1068 18
A1085 2
A1107 1
A1237 1
A1257 2
A135 1
A1365 1
A165 1
A167 3
A169 6
A170 6
A171 6
A172 6
A173 1
A174 10
A189 3
A19 12
A192 5
A197 7
A5084 1
A5086 2
A5091 1
A5092 1
A5271 1
A5284 1
A589 1
A59 1
A590 1
A591 3
A592 4
A593 2
A595 3
A596 1
A6 5
A6055 1
A6071 7
A6079 13
A6085 2
A6088 11
A6089 1
A6090 2
A61 4
A6105 2
A6108 8
A6112 1
A6236 1
A63 1
A6318 1
A64 2
A65 2
A659 1
A66 15
A661 1
A67 9
A68 35
A683 4
A684 9
A685 9
A686 13
A688 8
A689 24
A69 28
A691 1
A695 10
A696 38
A697 17
A698 14
A699 2
A7 11
A702 1
A708 2
A709 2
A710 1
A711 2
A712 1
A713 1
A75 2
A76 1
A789 1
B1130 1
B1222 1
B1257 5
B1264 2
B1266 3
B1318 1
B1334 1
B1337 6
B1338 1
B1339 5
B1340 8
B1341 1
B1342 6
B1363 1
B1364 1
B1365 3
B1416 1
B5289 2
B5292 1
B5300 1
B5302 1
B5320 3
B5343 1
B596 1
B6140 1
B6160 3
B6164 1
B61665 1
B6254 1
B6255 2
B6257 2
B6259 4
B6260 4
B6261 3
B6263 2
B6265 3
B6267 1
B6268 1
B6270 2
B6271 1
B6274 6
B6275 5
B6276 7
B6277 12
B6278 16
B6279 4
B6282 6
B6285 1
B6295 9
B6296 3
B630 1
B6303 5
B6304 5
B6305 9
B6306 5
B6307 4
B6309 10
B6317 1
B6318 33
B6319 10
B632 1
B6320 23
B6321 8
B6322 2
B6323 14
B6324 6
B6340 1
B6341 16
B6342 16
B6343 7
B6344 1
B6345 4
B6346 7
B6347 2
B6348 3
B6349 5
B6351 2
B6352 4
B6353 1
B6354 2
B6355 1
B6356 1
B6357 19
B6358 2
B6359 1
B6362 1
B6395 1
B6399 5
B6401 2
B6404 1
B6412 3
B6413 2
B6438 2
B6439 1
B6456 2
B6461 2
B6478 1
B6479 2
B6480 1
B6524 8
B6528 2
B6529 4
B6530 4
B6531 4
B6542 2
B6545 1
B686 1
B6918 1
B7009 1
B7039 1
B7068 1
B709 3
B711 2
B7201 1
B721 2
B724 2
B729 1
M74 1

List of motorcycle routes by café
Café Route Count
Beck House Tea Rooms, Malham 1
Bluebird Café, Coniston 1
Brockbushes Farm Shop, Corbridge 13
Brough Castle Ice Cream Parlour & Tearoom, Brough 1
Café Maelmin, Milfield 2
Café Number One, Shildon 1
Carriages Tea Room, Bellingham 1
Dalby Forest Visitor Centre 1
Dobbies Garden Centre, Ponteland 4
Drift Café, Cresswell 1
Durham Dales Centre, Stanhope 7
Ebbcarrs Café, St. Abbs 1
Eggleston Hall Café and Tearooms, Eggleston 1
Errington Coffee House, Corbridge 6
Eskdalemuir Community Hub, Eskdalemuir 1
Forge Studios, Allendale 2
Gateway Shopping Centre, Gretna 1
Greenhead Tea Room, Brampton 6
Hartside Café, Alston 4
Haweswater Hotel, Haweswater 1
Hemmel Café, Allenheads 3
Hollybush Nurseries, Corbridge 2
Houghton Hall Garden Centre, Houghton 1
Kirkharle Coffee House, Kirkharle 1
Kirkstone Pass Inn, Ambleside 1
Lakeside Farm Shop & Country Café, Ellerton 1
Langdale Beck Hotel, Langdale 1
Little Chef, Bardon Mill 1
Little Town Dairy, Longridge 1
Mayfield Garden Centre, Kelso 2
Morrison's, Hawick 1
Nelson's at the Park, Old Swarland 1
OK Diner, Hartlepool 4
Old School Tearoom, Falstone 4
Oliver's Mount Restaurant 1
Orton Scar Café, Orton 2
Otterburn Mill, Otterburn 10
Rheged Visitors’ Centre, Penrith 1
Sam Turner & Sons, Piercebridge 3
Slackhouse Organic Farm, Gilsland 1
Squires Café Bar, Newthorpe 1
Strikes Garden Centre, Stokesley 1
Sunnyhills of Belford, Belford 1
The 68 Café, Toft Hill 4
The Glen Café St. Mary's Loch, Selkirk 2
The Olive Tree, Newcastleton 1
The Red Rooster, Penrith 2
The River Gardens, Briggswath 4
The Riverside Kitchen, Chollerford 6
The Smithy Tearooms, New Galloway 1
The Station Café Bar, Richmond 1
The Wentworth Café, Hexham 3
Vallum Farm, Wallhouses 1
Waterwheel Restaurant, Selkirk 1
Whitfield Village Pantry, Whitfield 3
Widdrington Inn, Widdrington 1
Woolen Mill, Jedburgh 3

Latest route

Rides within Northumberland (Published: September 15, 2019)

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