South Shields Circular via West Park and Cleadon Park Cycle Route

Cycle Route Details
Route NameSouth Shields Circular via West Park and Cleadon Park
Cycle Route Location
Town/CitySouth Shields
County/RegionTyne and Wear
Start LocationTemple Park Centre
End LocationTemple Park Centre
Cycle Steps
1. Starting from Temple park centre this route follows off road cycle paths and bridleways until you reach and then leave the River Tyne. As one of my favourite short rides it takes in The Cleadon Water tower - only a couple of miles in, and reached via off road cycle paths through fields and leafy lanes. The water tower can be seen from your starting point so simply follow the off road paths out of Teample Park centre Car park as shown on the map. Be Careful crossing the busy road then locate the bridleway across the road just to the right hand side of the petrol station. Follow this path across the next road you meet, heading onto the next bridleway opposite. This path will lead you up a small incline to the water tower. Passing the water tower this route then takes you on road for a short distance (approximately half a mile) before going back off road and past the white horse pub, and onto a short steep incline which offers fantastic views across the rest of this route - down the coast and indeed right across the South Tynseside area. From this vantage point you can see St. Marys lighthouse on a clear day! Back onto the off road track for a fantastic down hill section (which i'd recommend parents with small children walk). This down hill section leads onto lizard lane. Straight across the road head down the side of the caravan park and over the coast road. From here you can see the famous Marsden Rock and Marsden Bay, a setting for many a catherine cookson scene! Also to be seen at the point is the only cave bar i'm aware of in the country - The haunted Marden Grotto. Follow the coastal Path all the way down to the South Pier. Fantastic coastal views can be seen all the way along. For those riding with children - the Marine Park offers a childrens play area, train rides and of course across the road you have South Shields Fairground! For those not stopping off continue your cycle to the Groyne (the red light house) and take in the view from the end looking out the North and South Piers. Now turn around and follow the river - sticking as closely as you can to it for the next 2 - 3 mile. Riverside Paths and artwork lead all the way to the South Shields ferry landing (and the excellent Allum Ale house - for those cyclists who enjoy a good real ale). Oh and of course the old customs house. From this point on this route mostly follows road and off road cycle paths. Simply follow the directions within the map for approximately 3-4 mile to return to your starting point!
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