An “epic” cycle route in the North East has been named one of the best in the UK and Ireland by Big 7 Travel.

The Northumberland Coastal Route has been described as “the best way” to explore the county's “exceptional” coast and castles.

It comes as the travel experts invited some of the UK and Ireland's most passionate cyclists to select their favourite cycle routes, resulting in a diverse list that caters to riders of all levels.

The ranking ranges from tranquil paths ideal for beginners to demanding trails for experienced cyclists, encompassing the idyllic wildflower meadows of the Cotswolds, the dramatic chalk cliffs along the Kent coast and the iconic Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland.

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Big 7 Travel commented: “There are now thousands of miles of dedicated cycle paths crisscrossing the country, including car-free tracks, quiet country lanes and former railway lines. But with so much choice, which should you choose for your next two-wheeled adventure?

“We’ve rounded up 20 of the best cycle routes in the UK and Ireland based on feedback from our social audience and editorial opinion. Each of these routes offers something unique, whether it’s breathtaking vistas that stretch for miles or challenging climbs guaranteed to test your limits. We’ve included routes suitable for beginners, families, and advanced cyclists to make sure no one feels left out too.”

You can see the full list here.

Why is the Northumberland Coastal Route among UK’s best to cycle along?

The Northern Echo: Do you prefer to cycle by the coast or through the countryside?Do you prefer to cycle by the coast or through the countryside? (Image: Getty)

The Northumberland Coastal Route which is 48 miles long in total, ranked in 7th place.

Big 7 Travel explained it’s “the best way to explore two things Northumberland does exceptionally well: coast and castles”.

It added: “Beginning and finishing in Chathill, the route tucks right under the Scottish border, taking in iconic sights and plenty of windswept beaches along the way.

“First up is Bamburgh and its jaw-dropping Norman castle, one of the finest fortresses in the country.

“Then it’s onwards to the Holy Isle of Lindisfarne. This tidal island is accessed by a causeway, so you’ll need to time it right to make sure you have plenty of time to explore the remote monastery and village.

“On a clear day, you’ll be able to see out as far as the Farne Islands on the ride back.”

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10 best cycle routes in the UK and Ireland

  1. North York Moors Cycleway, North Yorkshire
  2. Giant’s Causeway to Benone Cycle Route, Northern Ireland
  3. Elan Valley Trail, Wales
  4. The Caledonia Way, Scotland
  5. Isle of Wight Round the Island, Isle of Wight
  6. South Downs Way, Sussex
  7. The Northumberland Coastal Route, Northumberland
  8. The Borrowdale Bash, Cumbria
  9. The Taff Trail, Wales
  10. Yorkshire Dales Loop, Yorkshire

You can find more information about each best-named cycle route on the Big 7 Travel website.