Details of recommended places to park for people planning to watch the Aviva Tour of Britain cycle race in Northumberland have been announced.
The county is hosting two stages of the race and large crowds are expected along the route with a Stage 4 finish in Blyth on Wednesday and a Stage 5 start in Prudhoe on Thursday.
The Aviva Tour of Britain is the UK’s largest professional cycle race and the country’s biggest free-to-attend-live annual sporting event.
Rolling road closures of up to 90 minutes will be in place along the Stage 4 and Stage 5 routes to facilitate the movement of the race through the county. During road closures, some diversions will be in place and traffic management officers will be on hand in towns and villages to help with any issues or queries.
Coun Grant Davey, leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “The Tour of Britain is a fantastic opportunity for villages and towns in Northumberland to be a part of a major event, which will showcase the county to an international audience. The Tour is bringing a massive boost to tourism and the local economy.
“The event will inevitably affect some day-to-day activities that would usually take place and we are working hard to minimise any disruption. There will be a number of temporary road closures to allow the tour to take place and we hope people understand the reasons for this.”
To view the race, spectators should look for the distinctive red and white Tour of Britain banners on lampposts and at prominent spots along the routes. Road users are advised to keep away from any areas displaying the lamppost banners if they wish to avoid road closures and traffic disruption.
On race days, cars must not be parked anywhere that causes an obstruction on the routes, areas of parking restrictions will be clearly marked - any such vehicles or obstructions may be removed to allow the race to proceed safely.
The race will go through 29 communities in Northumberland over the two days, covering approximately 112miles (181kms) in the county over two days of racing.
Recommended parking for the Tour of Britain
Stage 4: Wednesday – Scottish Borders to Blyth:
Alnwick: Town-centre car parks.
Amble: The Braid; Town-centre parking; Harbour car parks (charges apply); Off-route roadside parking.
Ashington: Town-centre car parks; Off-route roadside parking.
Bedlington: Car parks rear of Front Street (Opposite Belington Library, off Schalksmuhle Rd); Old Tesco car park; Off-route roadside parking.
Blyth: Blyth quayside; South Beach (Mermaid & Links Road car parks) – no access after 12.45; Cowpen Road Retail Park car parks; Keel Row & High Street car parks will be closed to public parking.
Cornhill: Limited off-route roadside parking.
Cramlington: Manor Walks car park (time limits apply).
Cresswell: Beach parking (to the north and south of Cresswell).
Ellington: Off-route roadside parking.
Ford: Off-route roadside parking.
Seaton Delaval: Seaton Delaval Hall (£5 charge open from 11am – 5pm – with access to grounds); Off-route roadside parking.
Seaton Sluice: Fountain head car park; Beresford road car park; Off-route roadside parking.
Warkworth: Beach road car park (Long Stay); Warkworth Dunes car park (End of Beach Road); Warkworth Castle (charges apply); Off-route roadside parking.
Wooler: Roadside parking B6525; Roadside parking after junction to Chatton (OD) A697; Roadside parking after junction onto B6346; Ramsey’s Lane car park; Padgepool Place car park.
Stage 5: Thursday – Prudhoe to Gilsland
Greenhead & Gilsland: Greenhead Village offers parking for over 100 cars; Off-route roadside parking.
Hadrian’s Wall: Housteads car park; Once Brewed - Northumberland National Park Association Visitor Centre; Cawfields car park; Steel Rigg car park; Wall Town Quarry car park; Haltwhistle car parks and roadside parking. IMPORTANT NOTE: You must be in these car parks before 10.30am when the main access road will close.
Haydon Bridge: B6319 (off the west side A69 turn-off into Haydon Bridge) roadside parking; Off-route roadside parking.
Hexham: Tyne Green car park; Auction Mart car park; Wentworth car park (a street velodrome will be installed here and will have some impact on availability of parking spaces).
Prudhoe: Prudhoe Town-centre car parks – access before 8:30am only; Off-route roadside parking.
Riding Mill: Off-route roadside parking.
When the Tour comes through the county on Wednesday, share your photos and reaction with us on Twitter using the hashtag #NlandTOB.