Get out on your bikes in Darlington this Summer
Cycling with children in Darlington
Often we feel the quickest way to get into or around town as a family is by car. Sometimes though the journey can be part of the fun! Going by bike is quick and is great for everyone’s health. What’s more there is FREE parking in Darlington town centre!
Make the journey part of the fun, wherever you’re going in town
Did you know that there are sign-posted cycle routes into and around Darlington? These are safe cycling routes that use off road cycle paths or quiet residential streets.
Take a look at the maps below and see how you can get into town by bike:
- Green: Westpark route
- Yellow: Mowden route
- Grey: Hummersknott route
- Black: Blackwell route
- Red: Haughton route
- Blue: Morton Park route
- Harrowgate Hill route (signposted from Lime Avenue)
These are all linked by the circular route.
Need more confidence to cycle?
If you’d like to build your confidence in cycling to be able to cycle as a family, remember Bikeability is not just for kids! You can learn to ride confidently and safely on all types of cycle provision from paths, to cycle lanes and busier roads with a Bikeability course.
FREE cycling confidence sessions run each week in July and August in Darlington.
Cycling maps are available for Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees. These show traffic free cycle paths helping you to plot your route on traffic free paths and quieter roads. Remember, it is perfectly fine to dismount and push your bikes along the pavement and crossings at unfamiliar or busy intersections.
Take a picnic and explore somewhere new on a circular cycle route:
- Cycling route 1: Brinkburn Local Nature Reserve and West Park [pdf]
- Cycling route 2: Cemetery Lane to Nunnery Lane [pdf]
- Cycling route 3: River Skerne to Red Hall [pdf]
- Cycling route 4: Whinfield [pdf]
- Cycling route 5: Firthmoor and Skerne Park [pdf]
- Cycling route 6: Firthmoor and Lingfield [pdf]
- Cycling route 7: South Park, Mowden and Hummersknott [pdf]
- Cycling route 8: Rockwell, Faverdale and Town Centre [pdf] (Rockwell Nature Reserve, pictured, is Darlington's largest nature reserve)
- Cycling route 9: Middleton St George [pdf]
- Cycling route 10: Walworth [pdf]
You can get route cards for these routes from the Dolphin Centre, Crown Street Library or Bike Stop on Skinnergate.