Horse Riding, Cycling, and Wild Swimming
The park is host to several exciting cycle paths, ideal for mountain bikers, cyclists, and even horse riders along the Elsdon trail too. For the keen cyclist, a particularly popular loop is the Curlew Cycle route. This North Tyne circular trail takes you through Bellingham, Birtley and Wark, and meanders along the existing National Cycle Network, including the Pennine Cycleway Route 68, and Reivers Route 10 to Greenhaugh. There are some lengthy hill climbs along this particular route, but the challenges are outweighed by the abundance of woodland wildlife, and scenic landscapes.
On a hot summer’s day, you can leave your bike at Bellingham and walk along the footpath to Hareshaw Linn for a waterfall dip, where you’ll find a refreshing oasis nestled amidst the ancient woodland. If you’re a fan of wild swimming, take another plunge at the Linhope Spout, an 18m spectacular geyser that’s great for a chilly dip, or to enjoy a family picnic.