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Endeavour Route

Relive the voyage of discovery with our Endeavour walking and cycling route.

Leaving the Tees Barrage this route grips the waters edge as you ride to the iconic HM Bark Endeavour in Stockton-on-Tees. Also known as HMS Endeavour, this historic vessel belonged to the British Royal Navy and was the ship that Lieutenant James Cook commanded on his first voyage of discovery, to Australia and New Zealand, from 1769 to 1771. This ride can be shortened with a return to Tees Barrage or the full loop can be enjoyed crossing the river and heading to the Infinity Bridge.

History of the Endeavour

The Endeavour departed Plymouth in August 1768, rounded Cape Horn, and reached Tahiti before setting sail into the largely uncharted ocean to the south, stopping at the Pacific islands of Huahine, Bora Bora, and Raiatea to allow Cook to claim them for Great Britain. In September 1769, she anchored off New Zealand.

In April 1770, Endeavour became the first ship to reach the east coast of Australia, when Cook went ashore at what is now known as Botany Bay. Captain Cook then sailed north along the Australian coast, narrowly avoiding disaster after running aground on the Great Barrier Reef. Cook had to throw her guns overboard to lighten her. She resumed her westward journey on 26 December and reached the English port of Dover on 12 July, having been at sea for nearly three years.

Did you know: HMS Endeavour is featured on the New Zealand 50 cent coin to commemorate Captain Cook’s arrival there in October 1769.

Watch the video of the full route or follow our step by step guide below so you can plan your trip.

 

ride time 40 mins
walk time 1 hour 15 mins
3 miles approx
fully paved off road route

VISIT THE ICONIC HM BARK ENDEAVOUR, ONE OF ONLY TWO REPLICAS IN THE WORLD OF CAPTAIN JAMES COOK’S FAMOUS SHIP!