Welcome to WATBike

The charity supporting cycling in the community.

Who we are

We are all about getting adults on bikes.

We run a programme of weekly rides and organised trips which are open to everyone – see our Facebook page for regular news and events.

Our Kirkley workshop is open Tuesday to Saturday, 9am to 4pm. We provide servicing and repairs for most makes of bike and we have a range of new and refurbished bikes for sale. Our staff are happy to provide any advice you need to get you enjoying life on two wheels!

We facilitate cycling across the whole of mainland UK, for cyclists of all abilities. Whether you’re aiming to do one of the recognised challenge routes - the C2C, Coast and Castles, Reivers or Hadrian’s Cycleway - or whether you’d like to put together your own ride for work colleagues or friends, we can help.

Our history

WATBus Community Transport (charity number 1076729) was established in 1998 to provide bus services to the elderly, disabled and youth groups of South East Northumberland. A few years later we were given a bike trailer – and wondered what to do with it! Which is when we started the cycle transport side of our operation.

It wasn’t long before we were being asked for routes, training programmes and for assistance with mapping and guiding …… and so WATBike was officially born in 2010. Since then, we’ve grown into the recognised and respected organisation we are today – and have had lots of fun and good times along the way!

Our customers say...

We have many reviews and recommendations on our Facebook page, but a small selection of them is as follows:

What a lovely resource. Nice people providing wonderful bikes at great prices. Their knowledge is boundless and the service is ever so friendly. Six stars in fact.

CL, Newcastle upon Tyne

Just finished the Way of the Roses, 170 miles from Morecombe to Bridlington. Our team were supported superbly by Martin from WATBIKE - what a gent and a marvellous ambassador for cycling and community spirit.

FM, Newcastle

Fantastic group, friendly bunch who cater for everyone's ability, whether it's a small local route or great 2 day events. WATBike offer good value for money social rides and will be with you throughout all guided rides whatever your ability.

KI, Gateshead

Lovely people, really helpful and informative and I got 2 great bikes. Can't wait to get out on them when it warms up a bit!

MA, Northumberland

Thanks for transporting Sustrans North East volunteers and bikes to our annual Festivol! Also many thanks for leading a ride!

SD, Newcastle upon Tyne

Postcode Community Trust

Postcode Community Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Our project received £16,500 from the Trust to purchase a new workshop vehicle.

If you would like to apply for funding, details can be found on their website www.postcodecommunitytrust.org.uk.

And please support the Trust by playing the Postcode Lottery so that more charities like ours can be supported. Details can be found at www.postcodelottery.co.uk.

5,000
cycles transported
873
cycles hired
345
guided rides
1,563
bikes fixed