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Sign marking start and finish of C2C, Hadrian's Cycleway and Reivers Cycleway.

Unneccessary barrier on short length of cycle path near Percy Main Metro station

Narrow muddy path masquerading as National Cycle Network Route 10

Overgrown and narrow shared-use footway between Backworth and Killingworth

Junction of NCN10 and unsurfaced path to Shiremoor Bypass.

Route sign on Coast Road cycleway at ramp down to NCN 10, but no mention of NCN 10 (see #45963)

Parallel toucan and pegasus crossings on NCN 10 Cramlington Waggonway

Waggonways branding at path access on NCN10

Junction of NCN10 and ramp up to Coast Road (see #46130). NCN10 used to be RCN10, hence the blue number patch on the lamp-post.

Many of the Reivers Way signs in Cumbria are faded like this (Northumbria is much better).

The Reivers Way trying to find a quiet route into Carlisle

The Reivers Way signs in Cumbria are often like this - totally faded.

The Reivers Way loops via Bewcastle Roman fort (signposted to Carlisle), but we preferred to take the almost direct route on empty lanes via Bailey.

Western roadhead of the Reivers Way off-road section to Kielder.

Route markers for the Cross Border Trail and the Reivers Way

The Reivers Way heading east on a good fast track on the Scottish side of the Kershopeburn

The Reivers Way entering England eastbound - it's a pretty poor path for the next kilometre

The Scottish border - the Reivers Way follows the northern side of this burn for a few miles.

You'll need to dismount for this steep section of the Reivers Way coming down on the Cumbrian side of the watershed

Right on the watershed between Northumbria and Cumbria there's about 1km of muddy path - this is National Cycle Network route 10, no less.

Right on the watershed between Northumbria and Cumbria there's about 1km of muddy path - this is National Cycle Network route 10, no less.

Right on the watershed between Northumbria and Cumbria there's about 1km of muddy path - this is National Cycle Network route 10, no less.

Nearing the watershed on the Reivers Way, there's less and less forestry traffic, but the surface remains good.

Route marking on the Reivers Way, near the watershed into Cumbria.

If the National Cycle Network doesn't go this way, it must be to the left - even if it isn't signposted.

Barrier on forest road and cycle bypass and signage for the Reivers Way (NCN route 10) etc

The Cross Border Route (the Reivers Way) - 'quality off-road bikes are considered to be essential' - well, we did fine with basic hybrids, and it wasn't the driest of weather.

The Reivers Way leaves Kielder westwards by a cross-country route

The National Byway stays on the road past the Falstone dam, while the Reivers way loops across it

The Reivers Way crossing the Kielder dam at Falstone

The Reivers Way on the old railway line to the Kielder dam, Falstone

The Reivers Way on the old railway line to the Kielder dam, Falstone

The Reivers Way takes a loop to cross the Kielder dam at Falstone

The Reivers Way backtracks to take a hillier back road to Kielder, but the main road is quiet enough for most people.

Hump-backed bridge on the Reivers Way

The Reivers Way in rolling Northumbrian countryisde

Junction of National Cycle Network routes 68 and 10 and the National Byway

Reivers Way signs in Northumbria are mostly pretty good - this kind of faded sign is far more common in Cumbria.

The Bike Place, Bellingham (with a branch in Kielder too)

End of short-cut to Redesmouth and Bellingham

Short-cut route passing under the former railway to Bellingham

Short-cut to Redesmouth and Bellingham

Snow drift on gated road, the Reivers way (sign reads - SatNav users: 5 gates to open and close on this road)

Over-elaborate Sustrans scheme for crossing the virtually untrafficked A68

Over-elaborate Sustrans scheme for crossing the virtually untrafficked A68

Over-elaborate Sustrans scheme for crossing the virtually untrafficked A68

Over-elaborate Sustrans scheme for crossing the virtually untrafficked A68

Over-elaborate Sustrans scheme for crossing the virtually untrafficked A68

The Reivers Way crossing a minor dam

Gated road on the Reivers Way

Cyclist following the Reivers Way to the pub in Stamfordham

The Reivers Way detours via Matfen - but the direct route via Ryal is lovely and virtually traffic-free.

The Bay Horse, Stamfordham - the place to be for retired cyclists from the Newcastle area on Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes.

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