Tees Barrage is a popular destination for walking & 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 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 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 The Barrage Cafe, a fabulous family run 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.
The HMS Bark Endeavour is the trusty vessel that Captain Cook sailed to discover the distant lands of Australia and New Zealand. Relive the history and adventure of the high seas with this traffic free cycle route along the bank of the River Tees.
This traffic free route crosses the iconic Infinity Bridge to the campus of Durham University and back along passed the Barrage dipping pond. This route can be extended to visit Stockton town and the famous HM Bark Endeavour. Click for more route info and video.
Explore more of the river An easy route, flat paved terrain away from traffic. Suitable for all abilities.
A simple traffic free route perfect for families to explore at a leisurely pace to enjoy the natural habitats of the marsh area. Click for more route info, pictures and video.
Walk to Maze Park on the south bank of the River Tees for breathtaking views across Teesside. Have you always wondered how those big mounds running along the A66 got there? Click to find out.
Explore the unique white water course on the River Tees and watch the action unfold as kayakers and white water rafters tackle the rapids and enjoy a good dunking!
Suited to older children this route is slightly longer at 3 miles each way and includes gravel path for part of the route. The Teesaurus Park is a fantastic place for a picnic and takes in the Newport Bridge and Maze Park Nature Reserve along the route,
Explore the peace and tranquility of the River Tees
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Brave explorers embark on the ultimate family adventure at Air Trail Tees Barrage. Scale the BIGGEST climbing adventure course of its kind in the UK and…Click for more
We now offer fantastic family rafting sessions that make perfect days out for kids and adults. Enjoy the thrills of the mighty waters at Tees Barrage…Click for more
Check out our great selection of watersports activities to keep the kids entertained this summer! Including introductory sessions to stand up paddleboarding and kayaking. Activities are a great way to experience the thrills of watersports!