Guided rides

To suit your needs and location.

Family Friendly Rides

A family friendly ride around the quiet lanes of Seahouses and Bamburgh in Northumberland.

Seahouses and Bamburgh

Meeting at the car park in Seahouses outside of the Tourist Information office, this ride is perfectly tailored toward family riding. A high proportion of this ride is along quiet single track lanes and some bridleways. What this route lacks in terrain it most certainly pays back in scenic beauty. We regularly see deer, hares and other timid wildlife locals on the quieter parts of this ride. The route is a series of loops travelling south-west of Seahouses and north west up to Bamburgh. There is an opportunity for an ice cream at the mid point of the ride in Bamburgh and perhaps fish and chips upon completion back in Seahouses.

Please note that the ride is approximately 16-18 miles in length. There are two possible variations of this route depending upon the condition of certain sections of bridleway. We may ask that younger riders walk accompanied by an adult to the outskirts of Seahouses at the beginning or end of the ride based on traffic conditions and riding ability. A valid parking ticket is required for the duration of the ride if you wish to park at the meeting point.

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A family Mountain Bike MTB ride around Embleton, Craster and Boulmer in Northumberland.

Embleton, Craster and Boulmer

Meeting at the car park for Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Course, east of Embleton village, this ride contains a 50-50 mix of scenic bridleways and quiet road riding. Travelling through an area of outstanding beauty, there will be more than a few opportunities to capture the experience on camera with stunning scenery and wildlife. Including Dunstanburgh Castle and the picturesque fishing village of Craster.

Please note that the ride is approximately 10-15 miles in length. There are two possible variations of this route depending upon weather conditions and ground conditions under tyre. A parking ticket is available for £2 from the golf course club house or free parking is available approximately 3/4 mile west close to the village but spaces are limited.

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A family Mountain Bike MTB ride around Amble, Walkworth in Northumberland.

Amble Harbour, Warkworth Castle and St Oswalds Way

Commencing at the car park on Harbour Road close to the River Coquet in Amble, this ride heads south along National Cycle Route 1 visiting 2 man-made lakes that were formed as part of the region’s post opencast mining restructuring. The ride heads inland via a series of bridleways linking up with parts of St Oswalds Way; an ancient route associated with St Oswald, the King of Northumbria in the early 7th Century, before passing the stunning ruin of Warkworth Castle. For those that feel peckish after returning to Amble harbour, why not try some of Amble’s great fare? Fish and chips perhaps or boutique ice cream from Spurreli - winner of several Gold Star Great Taste awards.

Please note that car parking is limited and is metered at both car parks on Harbour Road. The ride is 11-15 miles dependant on ground conditions and the group’s cycling ability. (Duration between 2-3 hours).

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A family Mountain Bike MTB ride around Morpeth in Northumberland.

Morpeth Area and Industrial Trail

Starting close to the riverside path, behind Morrisons Supermarket in Morpeth, we ride out of the town up the testing ascent of Whorral bank to warm up. Following several sections of bridle way and track we reach an industrial giant (in more ways than one) the bucket scoop of “Big Geordie”; an enormous coal excavator from the 70’s opencast mining era. This is a great photo opportunity for members of the group to take serious and humorous photos alike.

The ride has several returning routes back to Morpeth depending upon the group’s cycling ability with a total length and duration of 8-12 miles, 2-3 hours, respectively.

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A family Mountain Bike MTB ride in Whitley Bay, St Mary's Lighthouse in Northumberland.

St Mary's Lighthouse and Wagonways

Meeting at the car park for St Mary’s Lighthouse in Whitley Bay, this ride begins at one of the North East’s most iconic landmarks. Starting on the causeway (tide permitting) we head north for a short while on National Cycle Route 1 (that passes directly by) before heading inland to visit some of North Tyneside’s industrial past - The Wagonways.

This ride is a mixture of bridleways, cycle path and short sections of road. There are fine examples of Victorian architecture and once heavy industry along the way. Plenty of photo opportunities on this approximate 12 mile flat ride.

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Intermediate Rides

Sandstone Way guided rides and ride organisation in Northumberland.

Sandstone Way

The Sandstone Way is a recent addition to Northumberland’s excellent mountain biking facilities. The route covers 120 miles (192 km) approximately between Berwick upon Tweed and Hexham along the Sandstone Ridge in North Northumberland. The route has numerous linked sandstone features, such as, crags and outcrops as well as a landscape steeped in history and outstanding scenery.

The Sandstone Way links villages and small communities including Wooler, Rothbury and Billingham. The whole spectrum of accommodation types cater for riders along the route at regular intervals. For some the route will require 4 days to complete, others can do it in 2, the average being 3 (we do know of several individuals conquering the entire route in a single 24 hours period).

Bone Desert Cycling offer a range of services; whether you wish your group to tackle the route in its entirety or one-day “taster” sections. If you enjoy or dislike the booking, planning and logistical phases of your adventure, we are happy to assist in any or all of them - including accommodation booking, bike and luggage transfers, on-route safety pickups and guiding.

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Intermediate Mountain Bike ride around Simonside Forest in Northumberland.

Rothbury South

Meeting at the car park over the bridge to the south of Rothbury, we follow the southbound Sandstone Way taking in an impressive road based climb out of the town and then onto the trails of Simonside. On a clear day, the views on the ridge of Coquetdale stretched out before you are simple breathtaking. The ride includes one of the best intermediate level decents in the whole of the county (in our opinion) before turning back for home along the flood plain. Riders wishing to extended their saddle time may wish to consider connecting the South ride with the North ride, perhaps lunching in Rothbury too. This must be organised in advance with us and not on the day of the ride.

If you are seeking accommodation for your stay, why not check out the excellent Tomlinson’s Cafe & Bunkhouse or consider treating your group to the 5-star rated, Sandyford House.

Please note that the ride is around 16 miles in length and approximately 2 hours in duration. There are possible variations to the route as the forest can be partially closed (usually weekends) due to scheduled automotive events taking place. Check with us first before booking.

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A family friendly ride around the quiet lanes of Seahouses and Bamburgh in Northumberland.

Rothbury North

Meeting at the car park over the bridge to the south of Rothbury, we follow the Coquetdale flood plain upstream passing the nature reserve before heading into the hills. There are great views of Simonside on the other side of the valley and the Cheviots to the north once we ascend the valley. The ride has a lot to offer. Some quiet single track, forest descents and some great ascents totalling an impressive 1900 feet.

If you are seeking accommodation for your stay, why not check out the excellent Tomlinson’s Cafe & Bunkhouse or consider treating your group to the 5-star rated, Sandyford House.

The ride is around 22 miles in length and approximately 2-3 hours in duration depending upon group ability. Plenty of time to build up an appetite for cake and coffee afterwards…

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Bespoke Guided Rides

If you are looking for something more tailored to your needs than our scheduled rides offer, don't hesitate to contact us. We are happy to discuss and offer a bespoke guided service for you.

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