Cycling Holidays along Hadrian’s Cycleway

 

 

Our cycling holidays along Hadrian’s Cycleway, on arrow-straight, military roads, cycle paths and tranquil lanes, is a magical journey through Britain’s past. Originally some 70 miles in length and six metres high, Hadrian’s Wall is the most important monument the Romans left behind. It stretches from the Solway Firth to the mouth of the River Tyne, across the wild and often eerily empty landscapes of the north.
 
The fragmented remains of the Wall, the medieval fortified churches, castles, Pele towers and reinforced farmhouses are all solid reminders of the centuries when feuding and skirmishing were the norm in this border country.
 
The modern natives are, however, very friendly. Brampton, Haltwhistle, Hexham, Corbridge and Ovingham are all characterful, quiet market towns offering good pubs, cafes, bakeries and a warm welcome for cyclists.
The final section of the route follows the River Tyne, one of the great environmental success stories of recent years, and beyond, into the cultural heart of the north east, Newcastle.
 

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 - £450pp

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

Supplements

 

Single room supplement - £110

Single Traveller Supplement - £225

Bike hire - £55

E-Bike Hire - N/A

Additional nights - Price upon request

 

Other Info

 

Bikes provided are quality hybrid equipped with 21 gears, helmet, handlebar bag, water bottle and repair kit.

 

Trip Code

 

HAD312

 

Rob's Highlights

  • Birdlife on the Solway Firth
  • Birdoswald Fort, part of Hadrian’s Wall, set in a beautiful spot above the River Irthing gorge
  • Standing on Hadrian’s Wall near Haltwhistle, surveying the wild and empty lands to the north
  • Tea and cake in Hexham
  • Watching salmon leap over the weir in Hexham
  • Riding the traffic-free path along the Tyne River through the heart of Newcastle

 

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Newcastle or Bowness-on-Solway

Arrive in Newcastle either by train (you’ll be collected from the railway station) or car (you can leave your vehicle at the hotel for the duration of the trip), and check in to your accommodation. A member of the Bikecation team will meet you this evening, or after breakfast tomorrow, to hand over your route notes and maps, your bike if you’re hiring one, answer those last minute questions, and give you a few tips.

Newcastle upon Tyne is the vibrant cultural capital of the North-East, complete with many excellent restaurant options. If you arrive in good time, there’s always something to do, or to see. The Baltic Centre, the contemporary home of visual arts, Sage Gateshead, a music venue of note, or one of the other galleries or museums along the ‘Golden Mile of Culture’ always have events or exhibitions taking place. Newcastle is also well known for its nightlife. The City has recently become something of a cycling crossroads with various bike trails, including the the Coast to Coast route and Hadrian’s Cycleway, converging on the excellent, well designed cycle path that winds along the banks of the River Tyne.

Day 2: Bowness-on-Solway to Haltwhistle: approx 43 miles

After an early breakfast, you’ll be transferred from your hotel in Newcastle to Bowness-on-Solway, a sleepy village looking across from the Solway Firth to the hills of southern Scotland. This was once the most northern outpost of the Roman Empire. It’s the end of Hadrian’s Wall, and the start of your ride. Many of the houses in the village have, over the centuries, been constructed with stones taken from the Wall.

For the first few miles follow the Solway Firth east, past sand dunes and across bleak salt marshes. The area is rich in birdlife. Look out for pied oystercatchers, tawny curlew, and perky golden and grey plover. Lapwing with their characteristic ‘peewit’ calls, redshank and turnstone, resplendent in vibrant plumage also plunder the rich mudflats. On the outskirts of Carlisle, a site of strategic importance since the Iron Age, you’ll follow the path along the banks of the River Eden, through the centre and out into Cumbrian countryside.

The route begins to climb gently at Warwick Bridge, and onto Brampton. This  pretty, un-spoilt town is watched over by the 19th century octagonal moot hall in the main square, before you journey onward to Lanercost Priory. Between Banks and Birdoswald Fort, the route closely follows the line of Hadrian’s Wall. There are the remains of turrets and forts, and neatly aligned sandstone blocks that make up solid stretches of the wall, all of which can be observed from the saddle. Birdoswald Fort is set in a beautiful spot, above the gorge of the River Irthing.

Day 3: Haltwhistle to Newcastle / North Sea: approx 57 miles

Cycling in Northumberland is a real visual treat this morning, and your view extends north, over open farmland dotted with copses and isolated farmhouses, across moorland to the dense, black mass of Wark Forest. There are also several excellent sites you can visit today, learning more about the Wall, and the remarkable civil engineering project that created it. These include Vindolanda and Housesteads. Near Housesteads, is the highest point of the entire ride – 260m/867ft. It’s not all downhill from here to Newcastle, however, but if a westerly wind is blowing at your back, it can feel like it.

In Hexham, pause on the bridge over the River Tyne, relaxing whilst watching the salmon and sea trout leaping over the weir in late summer and autumn. Corbridge, originally a supply town for the troops on the Wall, is a great spot for some lunch. It was prosperous through the Middle Ages and today, it’s full of boutique shops and good cafes. The mighty River Tyne is your companion for much of the rest of today. Thirty years ago, the river was heavily polluted by the industry further downstream. In one of the most successful environmental clean up campaigns of recent decades, the river has been revitalised. It’s now an internationally acclaimed fishing river. 

What's Included 

 

What's Not Included 

24 hour emergency back up support

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

Bed & Breakfast

Luggage transfers

Meet & Greet by Bikecation rep

Transfer to Bowness-on-Solway

Trip planner with route notes and maps

 

Bike hire

Drinks

Insurance

Lunches & evening meals

 

 

 

 

What's Included

24 hour emergency back up support

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

Bed & Breakfast

Luggage transfers 

Transfer to Bowness-on-Solway

Meet & Greet by Bikecation rep

Trip planner with route notes and maps

What's Not Included

Bike hire

Drinks

Insurance

Lunches & evening meals

Testimonial - Centre 

 

“We had a brilliant time and were really lucky with the weather. All in all it was a brilliant holiday and we really enjoyed ourselves - thanks for all your help in the organisation, which was so smooth.” - Mr H Broughton

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