We have invested heavily in cycling and have created the WDPS Running and Mountain Bike Trail so that all children can develop fitness and essential bike-handling skills all year round. WDPS students receive cycling lessons on a rota basis during curriculum time and they also learn basic bike maintenance. We also undertake off-site rides building up to our Y5 and Y6 children completing multi-day cycle tours in the summer term.
WDPS Cycle Tours have included the following:
Tour de Northumberland
A 135 mile cycle challenge which allowed our children to develop life skills and at the same time appreciate the stunning North-East countryside.
Day 1. WDPS to Bellingham
Day 2. Bellingham to Kielder
Day 3. Kielder to Rothbury (via Kielder Forest Drive then the ascent over the Otterburn Ranges)
Day4. Rothbury to WDPS
Working in partnership with Bike4Health, this was an epic achievement for all of the children and adults.
The Sandstone Way is a 120 mile mountain biking route between Berwick upon Tweed and Hexham along the Sandstone Ridge in North Northumberland linking numerous sandstone features, crags and outcrops. The route traverses through an amazing ever-changing landscape which is rich in history, geological features and iconic scenery.
Bellingham Loop and Kielder Reservoir
This is a beautiful trip from WDPS up to Bellingham on the edge of Kielder Reservoir. The students also get to develop bushcraft skills as well as cycling around sections of or around the whole of the reservoir.
WDPS Tour de Hollande
Without doubt this is a real cultural treat for students and adults alike. After cycling from WDPS to the Port of Tyne, the night is spent on the ferry to Holland. The next 2 days are spent cycling around Amsterdam and experiencing a healthy culture where cycling is the normal mode of transport for all. The students cycle past tree-lines canals, container houses, beautiful buildings, central parks, a national park and rural, industrial and urban areas. It is a treat for all the senses.
Check out our videos below of exciting cycle tours that our children have enjoyed.