Cycling activities for women

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Bike Belles Wear Moving is a project encouraging more women to cycle in Sunderland, Washington and Wearside. The project is funded by Sunderland Public Health and delivered by Sustrans.

We run lots of free cycling activities including women-only bike rides and one-to-one cycle training. We have bikes and helmets available to hire for free as well.

Women-only bike rides in Sunderland and Washington:

We usually run a ride every weekend, alternating between Sundays from Washington and Saturday from the Bike Dock in Sunderland. We have rides at three different levels: beginner, improver and challenge – no matter what your ability we’ve got something for eveyone!

All of our rides are fully supported by our friendly, knowledgeable ride leaders who will help you with any mechanical issues and offer useful cycling advice and encouragement along the way.

Upcoming rides:

Easy Social Bike Belles ride from the Bike Dock – Saturday 8th July 10am till 13.30pm

This month we are cycling up the beautiful coastline to Souter Lighthouse for a brew and a natter in the National Trust cafe. The route is about 11 miles on easy terrain.

This ride starts from the Bike Dock, next to the National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL.

**Please note this ride leaves at 10am NOT the usual 9am!**

To book your free place click here.

Easy Social Bike Belles ride from Washington – Sunday 15th October 9am till 13.30pm

Join us for a lovely circular ride from Washington Mind to Elm Tree Farm nursery and tea room through Princess Ann Park and along the C2C route.

This ride starts from The Life House, Washington Mind, Grasmere Terrace, Washington NE38 7LP.

To book your free place click here.

Bike Belles Challenge Ride – Sunday 29th October 9am till 2pm

Looking for an adventure, to improve your cycle strength or prepare for a cycling holiday? 

Join us for our ride to Newcastle, taking in Gateshead and the Keelmans Way, exploring lots of different routes over a variety of terrains (and bridges!) This will be a fantastic ride to improve your fitness, prepare for a cycling holiday, learn new routes and explore the North East with friends old and new!

All of our challenge rides are designed to enable you to build up your strength and fitness therefore the pace will be moderate, however there will still be plenty of time to chat with other riders and of course a coffee stop.

This ride starts from The Life House, Washington Mind, Grasmere Terrace, Washington NE38 7LP.

To book your free place click here.


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Adult Cycle Training – one-to-one Learn to Ride and Cycle Confidence sessions:

It’s never too late to learn – you can too!

FREE and friendly one-to-one cycle training, tailored to suit you. All levels and experience welcome, even complete beginners!

Never learnt to ride a bike? Or want to get back on your bike after a break? Either way we can help! One-to-one sessions can be arranged throughout the week or at weekends and will help you feel confident on two wheels.

These sessions are very informal and relaxed, progressing at a pace suitable for you. Whether you need a series of sessions or just a one off booster to help with gears, we can help.

Build your confidence and learn and practice the skills you need to get out on your bike, whatever your ability. FREE bikes and helmets available for you to use.

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Want to find out more? Read Natalie‘s story here.

For more information or to arrange a session please email