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The Tour of Britain - 6 September

The Tour of Britain, the UK's most prestigious cycle race, will be taking to the county's streets this summer as the race comes to Durham and Sunderland on Tuesday, 6 September. It is free to attend and is set to be a thrilling event for spectators.

Over 100 of the world's top professional cyclists will be racing in Stage Three of the Tour of Britain from Durham to Sunderland, over a 163-kilometre (101-mile) route through the stunning scenery of County Durham and the North Pennines.


Starting at St Mary's College in Durham City, history will be made as Durham has never previously hosted a stage start or finish in a professional edition of the Tour of Britain.

From Durham City the race will head west to the Durham Dales, through Weardale and the towns of Wolsingham and Stanhope, to tackle the climb of Chapel Fell.

The route then heads east through Teesdale to Barnard Castle and Bishop Auckland, racing into Sunderland via Hetton-le-Hole and New Herrington for the finish at Keel Square in the city centre.

Discover the stage route and plan your visit to the Tour of Britain by using the interactive map and downloading the stage timetable at Tour of Britain: Stage 3.

Spectator spots

The locations of climbs and sprints are perfect places to spectate to cheer on the cyclists:

  • Chapel Fell - King of the Mountains climb. The race will take in Harthope Moss - the joint highest paved road in England.
  • Billy Lane (outskirts of Barnard Castle) - King of the Mountains climb
  • Stanhope - sprint
  • Bishop Auckland (Woodhouse Lane outside Bishop Auckland College) - sprint
  • Ferryhill (outside Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College) - sprint

As well as serving as popular viewing locations, the points on offer at each location go towards determining the outcome of the hotly-contested ŠKODA King of the Mountains and sprint jerseys.


Anyone travelling to the event by car can find details of car parks at Car parks.

Explore more

Durham is a county packed with incredible experiences, award-winning attractions, and hidden gems around every corner.

Discover more things to see and do at This is Durham.


For accommodation across the county, see This is Durham: Accommodation.

Latest news

Keep up-to-date with the latest Tour of Britain news at Tour of Britain: News.