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Walking, Running & Cycling Routes

Tees Barrage is a popular destination for walking, running & cycling, especially for families, and is a fantastic way to explore the River Tees and the town of Stockton-on-Tees.

The main Tees Barrage building sits on the National Cycle Network and public footpaths which form part of the Teesdale way, creating easy access to the towns of Middlesbrough and Stockton. Paths along the river are flat and paved making it ideal for people of all ages abilities to enjoy a leisurely stroll, jog or bike ride. These quiet routes are ideal for those looking to explore at their own pace and there’s lots of picnic benches to stop off and enjoy some of the beautiful scenery along the way.

The historic market town of Stockton-on-Tees is just a short walk, run or ride from Tees Barrage and boasts an eclectic mix of independent, boutique shops, restaurants and bars, not to mention a fantastic programme of outdoor markets and events throughout the year. The thriving high street in Stockton was crowned the winner of the rising star award in the 2016 Great British High Street of the Year Awards and is a great stop off along the route.

The Barrage has been featured in many television programmes including BBC’s Countryfile, as it really is an area with lots to offer, so it’s no surprise to hear that Tees Barrage is a hot spot for cyclists, dog walkers, nature photographers and anyone else who loves to make the most of the great outdoors. Families love to watch the action unfold on the white water course or seal spotting on the riverbanks alongside the course. The main Tees Barrage building is also home to Cooks Cafe, Tees Barrage, a fabulous cafe serving hearty homemade feasts or refreshing light bites to help you refuel after an energetic afternoon exploring.

We have planned a few routes for you to try such as a trip to the Teessaurus park in Middlesbrough and the HM Bark Endeavour in Stockton but we suggest getting out there and exploring your own path, oh, and bringing a picnic so you can sit and enjoy the surroundings! All of the routes listed below have a  video and photo log to showcase each route and give you an idea of what exactly to expect. Don’t forget, there is plenty of free parking at the Barrage which makes for the perfect base to start your adventure.

FREE Activity
free onsite parking
part of the national cycle network
part of the teesdale way

Explore the peace and tranquility of the River Tees

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