Stage Start: 09:00 Alnmouth Seafront: BNG NU 247 103

Starting on the seafront at Alnmouth in Northumberland this hilly first stage covers 100.6 miles and includes 7785' of ascent. The route heads South to the market town of Morpeth before turning West then South again to descend into Corbridge where the main climbing of the day commences. A series of challenging climbs follow as the route crosses The Pennines descending first into Middleton-in-Teesdale before climbing again before the final descent into Brough.