The route starts and finishes at the Cheviot Centre in Wooler and is all on tarmac. There are still a couple of challenging climbs, the actual distance is 56.5km, 35.1 miles with a total ascent of 742m. Still graded as strenuous.
There is no minimum age to enter the 50km route but riders under 16 years of age need to have completed a parental consent form and have to be accompanied by an adult (parent or guardian). Under 18 years of age but over 16 need to have submitted a parental consent form. These can be obtained by e-mailing a request from this site or from the British Cycling site.