The Northern Anaesthetic Pedal is an annual ride run by the Northern School of Anaesthesia and ICM trainee committee. The ride is open to everyone; trainees, consultants, theatre staff, ICU staff and family. Any specialty welcome – it was great to see surgical colleagues taking part in NAP 22.

There is a choice of two rides – the classic route (including more than one lap of it) and also the ‘adventure’ route, which is new to NAP23!

The Classic Ride (Road)

The event base is Edmundbyers Village Hall, Consett, County Durham, DH8 9NL. A 15 mile (24 km) loop on road with 1391ft ascent, returns the riders back to the village hall. Riders can complete one lap or as many as you like.


  1. ‘Lap Appendix’ – Riders will complete one lung busting lap, experiencing stunning panoramic views, heather lined roads and beautifully smooth tarmac. The perfect option for those new to cycling and wanting to test yourself! (15 miles 24km 1391ft ascent) See strava route:
  2. ‘Lap Hernia’ – Stepping up to tick off two full laps of the course is not to be taken lightly. Something for those looking to push themselves and experience those views just one more time. (30 miles 48km 2782ft ascent)
  3. ‘Lap Chole’ – An epic distance with so many feet of ascent to cover. This route is for the hardy rider with rubber to burn and legs to match. Not to be undertaken lightly, but definitely to be undertaken if you were up for the challenge. (45 miles 72km 4173ft ascent)
  4. ‘Laparotomy’ – FOUR LAPS! The same ascent as riding up Ben Nevis. Riding the Laparotomy will give you plenty of excuses for cake and a good long lie down! (60 miles 96km 5564ft ascent)
  5. ‘Hero status’ – Be our guest to go as far as you can. The only limit is time. Start is at 9am. Sweep of the course is 4.30pm.

Otherwise you are welcome to start anytime between 9am until 1.30pm. We will be sweeping the course after 4:30pm.

The Adventure Ride (Off-road) 

This is an exciting new addition to NAP23!! It again sets off from Edmundbyers Village Hall but is the off-road alternative for those who prefer dirt and baggy shorts. (13 miles 21km 1207ft ascent) 

Check out the strava route below:


The Village Hall will offer shelter from the rain or sun! Refreshments will be available before, after and during your ride. There will be space for kids and families, and participation is encouraged so please share childcare duties! There will be activities for children  – at NAP22 there was a bouncy castle in the village hall which went down really well with the kids and made for a really family-friendly morning out.

Immediately next door to the Village hall is the excellent Punch Bowl Inn, an ideal way to celebrate your achievements.


To get everyone out riding! Whatever your ability, the aim is to get out into the hills together, and enjoy the surroundings the Northern Region has to offer.

We are aiming to raise money for local medical charities, including Great North Air Ambulance Service.

For someone new to cycling completing one lap of this gruelling course would be a great achievement.

Collectively our target is to complete 59 laps between all riders. Thats the total distance from Lands End to John o’Groats!


The event is about participation, getting out into the hills and challenging yourself! The NAP Team  are working hard to bring you fresh collectables for your trophy cabinet.


The Northern School of Anaesthesia and ICM runs post graduate training for Anaesthesia, ICM and Pain within the Northern Deanery. Trainees are attracted not only by the quality of training but also the unique geographical location. The Northern Deanery is large, spanning from coast to coast and extending north up to the Scottish boarders. Northumberland, County Durham, Cumbria and the northern part of North Yorkshire all lie within the Northern Deanery. This includes both Northumberland and The Lake District National Parks.

With such a wealth of stunning scenery, it is no surprise there is a huge network of roads to explore by bike.