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.

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
TownRoute Count
Abby Town1
Acklinton1
Aldbrough1
Allendale2
Allendale Town1
Allenheads4
Alnmouth1
Alnwick5
Alston5
Amble2
Annan2
Appleby-in-Westmorland1
Arkle1
Arncliffe1
Ashington1
Askam1
Askrigg1
Auchencairn1
Ayton1
Bainbridge1
Bamburgh4
Bampton Grange1
Barnard Castle7
Beadnell1
Bedburn1
Belford4
Bellingham4
Belsay7
Bentpath1
Berwick Hill1
Berwick Upon Tweed1
Blackpool Gate1
Blakey Ridge1
Blanchland,3
Bonchester Bridge6
Boulby1
Boulmer1
Bowes2
Brampton6
Brotton1
Brough5
Broughton1
Butterwick1
Byrness1
Cambo3
Canonbie1
Carperby1
Carter Bar1
Castle Carrock1
Castleside2
Castleton1
Catton1
Chatton1
Chesters1
Chollerford9
Chollerton1
Chop Gate1
Church Houses1
Clarence Field1
Coanwood1
Cockermouth1
Coldstream3
Copley1
Corbridge4
Cowshill2
Crockerford1
Croglin1
Cummertrees1
Cumrew1
Cumwhinton1
Dalbeattie1
Dalby Forest Drive1
Dalston1
Dalton1
Devil’s Bridge1
Dumfries2
Duns1
East Learmouth1
Eastgate1
Edlingham4
Edmundbyers2
Eggleston2
Egton1
Eldon1
Elsdon4
Embleton3
Eskdalemuir2
Etal1
Eyemouth1
Falstone2
Felton1
Fenwick2
Fir Tree1
Ford1
Fountains Abbey1
Fourstones1
Gaisgill1
Gilsland8
Glassonby1
Glenridding1
Grassington1
Great Broughton1
Great Whittington1
Greenhaugh1
Greenhead11
Gretna2
Guisborough1
Haltwhistle1
Hamsterley1
Hardraw1
Harelaw3
Hartside2
Hassendean1
Hawes3
Haweswater1
Hawick6
Haydon Bridge4
Heddon-on-the-Wall1
Helmsley6
Helton1
Heugh1
Hexham5
High Stoop1
Highbank Hill1
Hovingham1
Hunstansworth1
Hutton-le-Hole2
Jedburgh4
Keilder1
Keld1
Keldholme1
Kelso5
Kendal1
Kershope Burn1
Keswick1
Kettlewell1
Kielder7
Kinsey Crag1
Kipford1
Kirby Lonsdale1
Kirkbean1
Kirkby Malham1
Kirkby Moorside1
Kirkby Stephen3
Kirkcambeck1
Kirkcudbright1
Kirkharle5
Knaresborough1
Knowesgate1
Knowsgate1
Lambley1
Lanehead1
Lanercost1
Langdale Beck1
Langdon Beck1
Langholm5
Langley1
Langthwaite1
Langwathby1
Lastingham1
Layburn1
Lealholm1
Lesbury6
Leyburn3
Lilliesleaf1
Lochmaben1
Lockerbie1
Loftus1
Longframlington1
Longhirst2
Longhoughton1
Longtown3
Lynemouth1
Lythe2
Malham1
Malton2
Marske1
Maryport1
Masham1
Matfen2
Melmerby1
Melmersby1
Melsonby1
Middeleton-in-Teesdale1
Middleton-in-Teesdale5
Milfield1
Millfield1
Mitford2
Morpeth4
Mouswald1
Muker1
Nenthead2
New Galloway1
Newbiggin2
Newbrough1
Newcastleton8
Newthorpe1
Nunthorpe2
Old Castleton3
Old Malton1
Old Swarland1
Orton2
Otterburn7
Otterburn Mill2
Pauperhaugh1
Penrith4
Pickering2
Piercebridge2
Ponteland20
Pooley Bridge1
Redcar1
Redesmouth3
Redmire1
Reeth3
Ribblesdale1
Richmond3
Ripon2
Roadhead4
Rookhope1
Rosedale1
Rothbury2
Rowanburn1
Rowfoot1
Roxburgh1
Ruswarp1
Ryal2
Saltburn1
Saltburn-by-the-Sea1
Sandsend1
Satley1
Saughtree3
Scotch Corner2
Scots Gap3
Seahouses4
Sedbergh1
Selkirk1
Settle1
Settlingstones1
Shap1
Sherburn1
Shildon1
Shillbottle1
Silloth1
Slaley1
Slingsby1
Snainton1
South Kilverston1
Sproxton1
St John’s Town of Dalry1
St. John’s Chapel4
St. Mary's Loch1
St.Abbs1
St.John’s Chapel1
Stagshaw1
Staindrop3
Stainton1
Staithes1
Stamfordham5
Stanhope6
Stannington1
Stokelsy1
Stokesley5
Sutton-under-Whitestone1
Tan Hill1
The Grange1
Thirsk2
Throckley4
Throkley1
Thropton4
Thursby1
Thwaite1
Toft Hill2
Tongland1
Tow Law1
Town Yetholm1
Townfield1
Ugthorpe1
Ulgham2
Wall Houses1
Warkworth7
Warwick Bridge2
Weatherby1
Wensleydale1
West Auckland2
West Aukland1
Westgate1
Westruther1
Wetheral1
Wetherall1
Whalton1
Whitby3
Whitfield1
Whittingham3
Widdington Station1
Widdrington4
Wolsingham1
Woodhorn1
Wooler5
Workington1
York1

Latest route

Rides within Northumberland (Published: September 15, 2019)

Page updated November 28, 2020