Coast and Castles 5 Days

 


 

Rich in history and strong on character, this fantastic Coast and Castles ride provides a true taste of the North. Cycling the coast and castles route, taking in the Northumberland coast makes for a great UK leisure cycling holiday.

The ride itself is as much defined by water as it is by land: the River Tyne, the North Sea, the mighty Tweed, Leithen Water, Dewar Burn and the Firth of Forth form an almost continuous, fluid companion for nearly 200 miles.

The landscapes are memorable too, though sand dunes, vast beaches, ancient woodlands, castles crowning fists of rock, deep valleys and heather moorland together make for an extraordinary array of scenery.

There are plenty of reasons to get off the bike, Holy Island, Bamburgh Castle, a pint at the Ship Inn at Low-Newton-by-the-Sea, the town walls of Berwick and Melrose Abbey, to name a few, but the road somehow lures you on here, on and up until you reach the heights of the Moorfoot Hills and the staggeringly lovely view down to your journey’s end, Edinburgh.

Dates

This tour runs on any day from April to October subject to availability. Please contact the office to check availability and for a package price.

Price - £565

(Based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room)

Supplements

 

Single room supplement - £170

Single Traveller Supplement - £280

Bike hire - £120 (Hybrid)

E-Bike Hire - N/A

Additional nights - Price upon request

 

Other Info

 

Hire Bikes that can be provided at above additional cost are quality hybrid equipped with 21 gears, helmet, handlebar bag, water bottle and repair kit.

 

Trip Code

 

CACO512

 

Rob's Highlights

  • Sand dunes at Druridge Bay Nature Reserve

  • Warkworth Castle

  • Alnmouth beach

  • Holy Island

  • Bamburgh Castle

  • A walk around the ramparts of Berwick-upon-Tweed
  • The Eildon Hills
  • Melrose Abbey
  • Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh

 

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Newcastle

Arrive in Newcastle. Newcastle upon Tyne is the thriving, cultural capital of the North-East. There are many excellent restaurants. If you arrive in good time, there’s nearly always something on – either at the Baltic Centre, the contemporary visual arts venue, Sage Gateshead, an excellent music venue, or one of the other galleries or museums along the ‘Golden Mile of Culture’. Newcastle is also well known for its nightlife.

Day 2: Newcastle to Warkworth – approx 47 miles

The ride starts on the traffic-free cycle path that passes underneath the ornate bridges which span the Tyne, and follows the River east along the north bank, to the sea.A couple of miles further and you’re on the quays in North Shields, with great views across the Tyne. When the river runs out to the sea, you’ve reached Tynemouth, a pretty village with several architectural gems. Passing below the 11th century priory and castle, you turn north at Tynemouth and follow the seafront, past a great expanse of sand and breaking surf. There’s a lovely section along the old seafront round Whitley Sands, and then a gravel track towards St Mary’s Lighthouse, with North Sea rollers breaking on the rocks. Then back on a cyclepath, hugging the coast again, to Blyth. The next part really emphasises the beauty of cycling the Northumberland coast, and where you pass some remains of Hadrian’s Wall. Head off along the 12-mile beach round Druridge Bay. You should hear the weeping cries of oystercatchers and curlew. Slip through the fishing port of Amble, and you’re on the home stretch to Warkworth. This charming village, dominated by a medieval castle, is encircled by the Coquet, a famous salmon river.

Day 3: Warkworth to Berwick-upon-Tweed – approx 53 miles

Alnmouth is the first village on today’s route. It’s a great spot for a beach walk. The next section to Craster hugs the coast. There is a sense of timelessness in the unfrequented lanes, the remote seaward farms and the empty beaches. Enjoy the view along the coast north, to Dunstanburgh Castle. Past the castle at Bamburgh, the route heads inland and back to the sea again, near the causeway over to Holy Island. Past Goswick Sands and round the docks in Tweedmouth to reach the bridges over the mighty River Tweed, and the day’s final destination – the handsome, historic, fortified town of Berwick.

Day 4: Berwick-upon-Tweed to Melrose – approx 45 miles

You turn inland, following the Tweed upstream. The route crosses back and forth over the River, in and out of Scotland, through Norham, Coldstream and Kelso. On the final few miles to the effortlessly picturesque town of Melrose, you skirt beneath the Eildon Hills, three enigmatic mounds that rise steeply above the Tweed and are thought to be King Arthur’s resting place

Day 5: Melrose to Edinburgh – approx 45 miles

You continue west along the banks of the River Tweed from Melrose and on to Innerliethen. You turn north and head for the Moorfoot Hills. The climb is gradual, beside Leithen Water at first. Soon enough, you’re alone among the tops of the hills with glorious views down to the Firth of Forth and Edinburgh. A fine descent brings you down to Dalkeith. The route brings you through the outskirts of Auld Reekie, to the foot of Arthur’s Seat. 

What's Included 

 

What's Not Included 

24 hour emergency back up support

4 nights in small & intimate hotels or B&B's

Bed & Breakfast

Luggage transfers

Meet & Greet by Bikecation rep

Trip planner with route notes and maps

 

Bike hire

Drinks

Insurance

Lunch & evening meal

 

 

 

What's Included

24 hour emergency back up support

4 nights in small & intimate hotels or B&B's

Bed & Breakfast

Luggage transfers

Meet & Greet by Bikecation rep

Trip planner with route notes and maps

What's Not Included

Bike hire

Drinks

Insurance

Lunch & evening meal

Testimonial

 

Thank you for organising such a lovely trip which comprised some of the best parts of the North East and the Borders with a fantastic finale in Edinburgh. - S. Patrick

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