Day 6: Morpeth to Whitby

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“Tees Valley”

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The centre of Durham.

The route ploughs straight through the centre of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Gateshead, via the Millennium swing bridge and the Angel of the North, before heading down to historic Durham. It then follows main roads (the A177 and A171), through Sedgefield, Stockton, Middlesbrough and Guisborough, climbing steeply onto the North York Moors, before finally reaching the coast and following it around to Whitby. There are various alternative on quieter (but longer) roads, should the A-roads prove busy.

Distance: 149km
Climb: 1154m
BRT Time: 8h 41
Max Height: 246m (Gerrick Moor)
Off-road Sections: None
Accommodation: Whitby YH

Itinerary & Hills

  • 0km: 0900 – Morpeth
  • 1km: Morpeth climb – 60m in 5km (1%)
  • 29km: 1035 – Newcastle-upon Tyne
  • 30km: Gateshead climb – 60m in 3km (2%)
  • 37km: Ouston – 50m in 2km (3%)
  • 43km: Edmondsley – 70m in 1km (7%) steep
  • 54km: 1210 – Sacriston
  • 60km: 1230 – Durham (Stop 1)
  • 60km: 1315 – Durham
  • 63km: Shincliffe climb – 60m in 1.5km (4%)
  • 66km: 1340 – Bowburn
  • 70km: 1350 – Coxhoe
  • 71km: Garmonsley climb – 50m in 1km (5%)
  • 78km: 1420 – Sedgefield
  • 93km: 1510 – Stockton-on-Tees (Stop 2)
  • 93km: 1540 – Stockton-on-Tees
  • 95km: Infinity Bridge
  • 106km: Ormesby climb – 70m in 1km (7%) steep
  • 114km: 1655 – Guisborough
  • 118km: Birk Brow – 100m in 1km (10%) steepkotm
  • 140km: 1835 – Sandsend
  • 148km: Whitby Abbey climb: 50m in 0.5km (10%) steep
  • 149km: 1900 – Whitby

Contigency
Stations at Morpeth, Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Whitby.

Extras

  • The scenic route taking Regional Route 52 through the North York Moors. Extra 10km and a number of sharp gradients.
  • Crossing the Larpool Viaduct just south of Whitby
  • Visiting the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge
  • Using minor roads from Durham to Middlesbrough.
  • Ugthorpe road on approach to Sandsend
  • The 199 Steps of Whitby

Average July Weather
Newcastle: Max 18°C.

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