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NCN route 72 looping underneath itself at Ovingham bridge, Prudhoe

NCN route 68 towards the traffic-free bridge to Haltwhistle station

Sign for NCN route 68 south from Haltwhistle - but there's a more direct route to the left if you don't mind crossing the A69 bypass.

Modal filter on the bridge by Haltwhistle station - the official NCN route 68 turns to the right, but there's a more direct route to the left if you don't mind crossing the A69 bypass.

Route sign for NCN route 68 south from Haltwhistle

Route sign at the junction of NCN routes 68 and 72 in Haltwhistle

Cycle parking at Haltwhistle station

Cycle lockers at Haltwhistle station

There are a couple of road closures in Haltwhistle that have no provision for cyclists - a pair of dropped kerbs is all that's needed.

Link from Bellister Bridge to central Haltwhistle

Modal filter on cut-through in Haltwhistle

Modal filter at Bellister bridge, Haltwhistle

Bellister bridge, Haltwhistle, now closed to motor vehicles

Modal filter at Bellister bridge, Haltwhistle

Modal filter on NCN route 68 at the A69 Haltwhistle bypass

Modal filter on NCN route 68 at the A69 Haltwhistle bypass

NCN route 68 passing below the A69 Haltwhistle bypass

NCN route 68 passing below the A69 Haltwhistle bypass

NCN route 68 crosses this side road off the Haltwhistle bypass

NCN route 68 crosses this side road off the Haltwhistle bypass

NCN route 68 runs along the A69 Haltwhistle bypass to join the former railway route

It's not obvious, but NCN route 68 crosses this side road off the Haltwhistle bypass here.

Link from NCN route 68 on the former railway to the road at Park Village

The former railway south from Lambley viaduct is blocked at the former station house.

Footbridge below the Lambley viaduct

Lambley viaduct - a dead-end for walkers and cyclists

To the right is a footpath to the bridge below the Lambley viaduct

On the former railway to the Lambley viaduct

Start of dead-end cycleway on the former railway to the Lambley viaduct

The former railway south from Haltwhistle dead-ends at the Lambley viaduct, so cyclists on NCN route 68 should turn right on the road here and rejoin the former railway beyond the viaduct.

These signs are dated 1997 and show the route of NCN route 68 as undecided.

Car park (with van livers) on NCN route 68 on the former railway south from Haltwhistle

Gate on NCN route 68 on the former railway south from Haltwhistle

Car park access at Featherstone Park on NCN route 68 - avoiding the gate ahead.

Gate on NCN route 68 - which can be avoided by going through the car park to the left.

NCN route 68 at the former Featherstone Park station

Gate on NCN route 68 at the former Featherstone Park station

Unasphalted section of NCN route 68 on the former railway south from Haltwhistle

Slight dogsled to the asphalted section of NCN route 68 on the former railway to Haltwhistle

Start of unasphalted section of NCN route 68 on the former railway south from Haltwhistle

'Busy Road Ahead' on NCN route 68 on the former railway south from Haltwhistle - actually it's a very quiet road!

On the asphalt section of NCN route 68 on the former railway south from Haltwhistle

Cycle shed at a plastics factory by the link from NCN route 68 on the former railway south from Haltwhistle

Start of asphalt section of NCN route 68 on the former railway south from Haltwhistle

From here to the Alstom Arches viaduct the former railway to Haltwhistle is cut by the A69 bypass - it's not hard for cyclists to cross, although the Sustrans route 68 takes a roundabout route to avoid the crossing.

Typical - there are two bridges across the river to Haltwhistle and both are open for cyclists and pedestrians. But highways signage is always aimed at drivers.

Path to the river from the Alston Arches viaduct, Haltwhistle

Sharp bend in the path south from the Alston Arches viaduct to the A69 Haltwhistle bypass

Gap in the former railway south from Haltwhistle at the A69 bypass

Path from the south end of the Alston Arches viaduct, Haltwhistle

To the left a link to central Haltwhistle, to the right a new grassy link to the A69 Haltwhistle bypass

To the right of the gates, the riverside path, to the left a new grassy link to the A69 Haltwhistle bypass

The Alston Arches viaduct on the former railway south from Haltwhistle

Information panel at the Alston Arches viaduct, Haltwhistle

The Alston Arches route to the former railway south from Haltwhistle

To the left is the Alston Arches route on the former railway south from Haltwhistle - the road to the right continues as a riverside path.

Modal filter on NCN route 68 - one of three traffic-free bridges at Haltwhistle !

Cycle parking on the historic Haltwhistle station

Narrow bridge under the railway on NCN route 72

NCN route 72 on an asphalt farm lane west of Hexham

Sign for the Sandstone Way mountain bike route west of Hexham

NCN route 72 passing beneath the A69 Hexham bypass, and sign for the Sandstone Way mountain bike route

NCN route 72 passing under the A69 Hexham bypass

Space For Cyclists sign west of Hexham

Sign for NCN route 72 at upgraded railway crossing west of Hexham

Cycle and car parking, Hexham

Sign for the National Byway, Hexham

Crossing and pedestrian cut-through to supermarkets, Hexham - dropped kerbs and improvements needed.

Not enough cycle stands at the Queen's Hall, Hexham

Numbered bikes belonging to a tour group, on the Market Place, Hexham

Modal filter, Hexham

No Motor Vehicles (except for access) on this cut-through towards Hexham Middle School

Sign for NCN route 72 at Hexham bridge

NCN route 72 towards Hexham - quite a wide fast road, but without too much traffic

End of the bridleway south from Acomb

Footpath to the right and steps on the bridleway south from Acomb

Muddy patch and bridge on the bridleway south from Acomb

Modal filter on the bridleway south from Acomb

No motor vehicles on the bridleway south from Acomb

Dead-end - but not for cyclists or pedestrians

A big and almost traffic-free descent to the Tyne valley and Hexham

On the gated road from Heavenfield to Acomb and Hexham

Gated road from Hexham and Acomb to Heavenfield

Gated road from Heavenfield to Acomb and Hexham

Start of gated road to Acomb and Hexham

Careful - the A road gives way to the B road.

Chollerford bridge - alternate one-way traffic, not ideal for stopping and looking at the scenery.

Cycle parking at Chesters Roman fort

The National Byway opposite Chesters Roman fort

The National Byway opposite Chesters Roman fort

Signs for NCN route 72 and the National Byway near Chesters

Signs for NCN route 72, Warden

NCN route 72 towards Hexham - this sign has gained some stickers since 2012.

No Cycling signs on this footpath

Riverside route, Hexham

Riverside routes, Hexham

Footpath links from the NCN route 72 underpass, Hexham bridge

Not shown on OpenCycleMap, but NCN route 72 turns 180 degrees to the left to use an underpass at Hexham bridge.

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