The bidirectional Redesdale, Rothbury & Upper Coquet Valley Gravel Bike loop passes through some of Northumberland’s finest and remotest scenery. Its amazing character is the result of the different types of landscape through which cyclists will travel all of which is steeped in history. Being a loop it can be started at four locations with varying levels of services e.g. Rothbury, Alwinton, Byrness and West Woodburn.
Ideal for gravel bikes, the loop is the combination of one of the best sections of the Sandstone Way, the Borders Drovers MTB Route west option and the full length of the superb upper Coquet Valley. Best of all it crosses Northumberland’s only mountain pass at Cottonshopeburn Head at the base of which is Cottonshopeburnfoot – allegedly the longest place name in England.
This new loop route can be easily and cheaply ‘signed’ by adding a route logo onto existing signs and / or waymarks. The success of the Redesdale, Rothbury & Upper Coquet Valley Gravel Bike loop requires small investment with little risk for high gain. A two loop map combined with the Road bike tour of the Cheviot Hills & Kielder could easily be produced thus doubling the appeal.