TYNEDALE cycling legend Ted Liddle has released a new guidebook.

Ted, of Hexhamshire, is an independent cycle tourism specialist and cycle route designer.

Since 1994, he has devised around 2,500 miles of mapped and signed cycle routes in the North of England and has compiled various cycle route maps and guidebooks.

Ted's latest guidebook, 'Cycle Rides in Northumberland and Beyond Volume 2', features 26 off-road routes, seven on-road routes, and 15 gravel bike routes, as well as free access to GPX downloads.

The rides are generally between 40km and 70km long, and are graded from easy through moderate to difficult, with the odd 'very difficult' section.

The guidebook features concise maps and handy tips such as loos and brews en route.

The first edition of the guidebook was published in 2016.

"The first one sold very well," said Ted.

"That was for easy routes, but this one is for routes that are a little bit harder and more challenging."

Ted said the response to the guidebook, which was delayed due to Covid, has been very positive so far.

Ted, who is the chairman of Cycling Tynedale (formerly known as Tyne Valley MTB Cycling), is the architect of The Sandstone Way, a 120-mile-long mountain biking route between Berwick-upon-Tweed and Hexham.

The route has been cycled by over 10,000 riders since it was launched in 2015.

He is currently reshaping, rebranding and relaunching the Reivers off-road cycling route which he invented in 1998.

Now semi-retired, Ted accepts cycling-related commissions from time to time to fund his voluntary endeavours.

Cycle Rides in Northumberland and Beyond Volume 2, published by Northern Heritage, is out now, priced at £14.99.