Everybody Active North East is a collaborative project between all twelve north east councils. It aims to increase levels of physical activity by showcasing a different physical activity in the region each month.
Each month, a different council will be focusing on a physical activity, encouraging people to get involved and helping to educate them on how they can live longer, healthier lives by being more active. Stockton's month is June and our activity is cycling, leading to the Stockton Cycling Festival 2016 on 23-26 June.
A wealth of evidence shows that an active life is essential for physical and mental health and wellbeing. As well as being fun and a great way to socialise, regular physical activity can guard against a number of diseases including cancer and diabetes and conditions such as hypertension and depression.
We have made it easy for you to get involved in our month of cycling from indoor spinning classes to guided rides across the Borough we have something for you. You don't even need to have your own two wheels! Our lovely friends at the 'hub' have bikes to loan to get you started.
29% of adults in Stockton are currently inactive, that is engaging in less than 30 minutes of physical activity per week. Make a start today, its never too late! Just 10 minutes of physical activity can help, something is better than nothing.
There are numerous cycle routes to choose from, and many miles of traffic-free paths which are ideal for cyclists of all abilities.
Castle Eden Walkway (part of which is National Cycle Network route 1): A fantastic cycle connecting west Stockton to Wynyard Woodland Park. The traffic-free route then continues north into County Durham and beyond.
National Cycle Network routes 1 and 14: A network of cycleways running through central Stockton, alongside the River Tees to the Tees Barrage and north to Billingham Beck Valley County Park and Cowpen Bewley Woodland Park.
Ingleby Barwick: There’s a fantastic network of traffic-free cycleways in this area, with a direct route to Preston Park via Queen Elizabeth Bridge and Bowesfield & Preston Farm Nature Reserve. Ideal for a family day-out.
‘Cycle Stockton’: seven suggested routes to get you started.
For detailed route maps and lots of other information on cycling please visit our dedicated cycling page.
Events/activities: A programme of guided cycle rides is coordinated by The Hub, Stockton’s Active Travel Centre operated by Sustrans. There are different events to suit cyclists of all ages and abilities. The Hub also offers other support for cyclists, such as bike maintenance courses.