Hadrians Cycleway 3 Days

 


 

Riding Hadrians 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, as well as the medieval fortified churches, castles, Pele towers and reinforced farmhouses are all testament to the centuries when feuding and skirmishing were the norm in this border country.

The natives are, however, very friendly. Brampton, Haltwhistle, Hexham, Corrbridge and Ovingham are all characterful, quiet market towns with 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 takes you 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 - £450

(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 (plus your bike if you’re hiring one) answer those last minute questions, and give you a few tips. 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. The City has recently become something of a cycling crossroads – as various cycle routes like the Sea to Sea and Hadrian’s Cycleway converge on the excellent traffic-free cycle path that winds along the banks of the River Tyne.

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

After an early breakfast, you’ll be transferred from your hotel in Newcastle to Bowness-on-Solway, a sleepy village looking across 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 stone taken from the Wall. The first few miles follow the Solway Firth east, past sand dunes and across salt marsh. The area is rich in birdlife: look out for oystercatchers, curlew, golden and grey plover, lapwing, redshank and turnstone. On the outskirts of Carlisle, a site of strategic importance since the Iron Age, you follow a 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. Brampton is a pretty, un-spoilt town: admire the 19th century octagonal moot hall in the main square as you sweep through, 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, neatly aligned sandstone blocks that comprise stretches of the wall and a fort, all of which can be observed from the saddle. Birdoswald Fort is set in a beautiful spot, above the River Irthing gorge.

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

Cycling in Northumberland means there are grand views, this morning, north, over open farmland dotted with copses and isolated farmhouses, across moorland as far as the dense, black mass of Wark Forest. There are also several excellent sites you can visit today, to learn more about the Wall, and appreciate the remarkable civil engineering project it was: Vindolanda and Housesteads are the most impressive. Near Houseteads, you reach the highest point of the entire ride – 260m/867ft. It’s not all downhill from here to Newcastle, but if a westerly wind is blowing you along, it can feel like it. In Hexham, pause on the bridge over the River Tyne to see 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 good spot for 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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