Bede’s Way

Cycle the historic Bede’s Way and retrace the journey made in the 7th century by the pilgrim monks. This 13-mile (21 km) cycling route through the tranquil Great North Forest located in the north-east of England will charm and enchant you.

Bede’s Way links the Anglo-Saxon monasteries of St Paul’s in Jarrow and St Peter’s in Wearmouth.

The route is a mixture of on- and off-road cycling.


A 13-mile (21 km) cycling route from St Peter’s in Wearmouth to St Paul’s in Jarrow, in Tyne and Wear.

Let’s Pedal

The Bede’s Way cycle route consists of on- and off- road cycling. Cycle paths are mostly flat, however sometimes they may cover undulating ground.

Starting at St Peter’s Church Wearmouth and finishes at to St Paul’s Monastery in Jarrow, in Tyne and Wear. The route is clearly signposted ‘Bede’s Way’.

Route Distance

FromToDistance (Miles)Distance (Km)
St Peter’s Church, WearmouthSt Paul’s Church, Jarrow1321


There are a number of cafés between Wearmouth and Jarrow providing refreshments for all.

Public houses can be found at:

Roker Park, Marsden Bay, near Sunniside Farm, Hedworth Lane, and Primrose.


Public Toilets are located at:

Whitburn Sands and Marsden Bay.

Cycle Hire available at:

10-minutes away by bus at Darke Cycles

Tourist information available at:

St Peter’s Church, Wearmouth and St Paul’s Church, Jarrow

How to get here

By Car

St Peter’s Church is located in Wearmouth, Sunderland. St Paul’s Church is located in Jarrow.

Car Parking

Parking is available at:

Car ParkLocationPostcode
St Peter’s ChurchWearmouthSR6 0DY
National Glass CentreWearmouthSR6 0GL

By Cycle

National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 1 from Sunderland or NCN 7 from Washington.

By Train



  • Distance (miles): 13
  • Distance (km): 21
  • Start: St Peter’s Church, Wearmouth
  • Finish: St Paul’s Church, Jarrow
  • Type: Road, trail
  • Surface: Road, gravel, earth
  • Sat Nav: SR6 0DY


  • Car Park
  • Cycle Hire
  • Free Entry
  • Picnic Site
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets
  • Tourist Information

Cycle Hire

Darke Cycles

1 John St,

Opening Times

Open all year round except for any temporary closures due to works.


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