t: 0797 932 3184

Phoenix Cycle Cafe

Welcome to the Phoenix Velo and Garden Café

Phoenix Velo and Garden Café has been designed with the cyclist in mind, a place to meet and chat over wholesome hot and cold sandwiches, cakes, and much more. We offer a selection of coffees, teas and soft drinks too.

Enjoy some of Anne’s fantastic scones or her homemade broth. On a hot day why not indulge and have a cool ice cream after your climb up the hill.

Opening Hours

Tuesday to Thursday
9.30am to 5.30pm
Monday / Friday
10.00am to 5.00pm
10.30am to 3pm

We offer secure cycle storage and Ramblers are also welcome to wander in with their dogs.

We have a cyclists watering station to top up your bottles, and track pump just in case!

Our facilities include toilets, indoor seating and different outside seating locations within our ongoing landscaped grounds, in order for you to enjoy the far reaching views.

Phoenix Cycle Cafe - Location

Our Location

We are situated directly on the 40 mile long Lead Road Cycle Route where some 18 miles of the southern, eastbound section of this very pleasant route follows the “Lead Road”.

In days gone by horses and carts carried pieces of lead from Dukesfield Smelt Mill to Blaydon where some of it was refined to extract Silver. The lead was then loaded onto keel boats for onward carriage to Newcastle for distribution and export.

Fittingly the route follows the “Keelmans way” for much of the section from Blaydon in a westerly direction along the Tyne Valley.

Find us to the rear of Phoenix House, Hedley on the Hill, NE43 7SW.

Our Menu

For groups wishing to pre-book food prior to your arrival please either email info@phoenixvelogardencafe.co.uk or ring Anne on 0797 932 3184

Phoenix Cycle Cafe - Location

The Lead Road Cycle Route

From Blaydon the route heads west along the Tyne Valley to either Corbridge or Hexham.

You can choose either the steady ascent from Corbridge to Dukesfield, or the steep climb out of Hexham. From above Dukesfield the main Lead Road section is on the whole undulating and gentle downhill, except for one unrelenting climb from Apperley Bank foot to Hedley on the Hill.

There is a short cut back to the Tyne Valley from Apperley via New Ridley and Stocksfield which creates an enjoyable western loop in its own right.

From Hedley the road continues on a gentle rise across the fell to Currock Hill, where it is joined by another lead carriers route from Rookhope in Weardale, also heading for Blaydon. It carries through Greenside where the Packhorse Inn commemorates the trade.

Beyond Greenside the lead road begins its descent to the river.

Its final section is now closed off from your route (near the sign to Path Head Watermill). It joined the main riverside road at Stella, then followed it east for the last half mile to the Blaydon refinery, which stood immediately behind the present railway station.

Click to view the full Lead Road Cycle Route Map (3.2MB)

Phoenix House, Hedley on the Hill, NE43 7SW  |   telephone: 0797 932 3184  |   email: info@phoenixvelogardencafe.co.uk

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