Hartlepool is accessible by bike

Family trying out different bikes in Hartlepool

A great day out by bicycle

There are some fantastic places to visit along the coast around Hartlepool, all easily accessible by bike. We’ve put together some everyday cycling ideas around Harltepool this summer:

Enjoy the coastline by bike to spot butterflies, seals and everything in between

Seaton Carew Beach and coastline combine beautiful stretches of golden sand with traditional seaside fun.

To the south are:

  • Seaton Common Local Nature Reserve, home to vast numbers of resident and migratory wading birds as well as brown hares
  • Seaton Dunes Local Nature Reserve, one of the country’s largest dune systems
  • Teesmouth National Nature Reserve & seal sands, covering around 9,000 acres in two sections and to the south of this
  • Greatham Creek and Saltern Wetlands. This is one of the best places to see seals out of the water. Seal pups are born here each summer, making Seal Sands the only regular breeding colony of these animals on England’s north-east coast.

To the north of Hartlepool you can visit the Hart to Haswell Walkway local nature reserve. This walkway runs along a disused railways line providing a mosaic of woodland, ponds and glades attracting up to 24 species of butterfly!

The headland to the north of the town is a great place for bird watching, rock-pooling and just breathing in the sea air.

All of the sites below are linked by Route 14 of the National Cycle Network so you don’t need to take the car. Download the North of Harltepool cycle routes map, download the South of Hartlepool cycle routes map.

Teach your child to ride a bike

Burn Valley Gardens is a great place to teach your child to ride away from traffic. A cycleway actually runs through the park making it the perfect place to learn to ride. Take a picnic, explore the park and help them on their way on two wheels.

We have put together some tips on teaching your child to ride.

Visit a park, the library or go shopping by bike

Pick up a copy of the Hartlepool walking and cycling map from the Tourist Information Centre at Christ Church building in Church Square TS24 7EQ, or from the Hartlepool Active Travel Hub at the Civic Centre on Victoria Road, TS24 8AY.

You can use the map to plan your route anywhere in town by bike using signed cycle routes, traffic free cycle paths and advisory cycle routes making it easier to get to where you want to go by bike.

Involving your children in plotting the journey also helps them learn valuable map reading and planning skills.

Our pick of the parks:

Cycle to visit Burn Valley Gardens or Ward Jackson Park on the west side of town, Seaton Park by the seafront or Summerhill for activity and nature.

  • Ward Jackson Park covers 17 acres and includes a lake, bandstand, fountain, bowling green and colourful flower displays. Enjoy a picnic or a snack at the café in the park near the children’s play area.
  • Burn Valley Gardens is a 21 acre park stretching from York Road to Catcote Road. There is a lake as well as two play areas, one for younger children and one for teenagers.
  • Seaton Park is close to the seafront at Seaton Carew. It has a children’s play space as well as tennis courts and an ornamental garden.
  • Summerhill Local Nature Reserve and Outdoor Activity Centre covers over 103.5 acres for conservation and outdoor sports, and is open 7 days a week. There is a visitor centre, walking and cycling routes, facilities for rock climbing, orienteering, archery and a BMX cycling track. There are also two play spaces for younger and older children.

Girl with a BMX


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