Northumberland Coast 3 Days

 


 

Wild, beautiful and often eerily empty, cycling in Northumberland is one of the last great get-away from it all destinations in England. This route, from the pretty fishing village of Alnmouth to the historic border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, takes in the best of it.

The distance is only 50 miles, ideal for a leisure cycling holiday over a weekend of gentle pedalling, but it’s long enough for the coast to cast its spell. Somehow, time slows down here. Cycling over the causeway to Holy Island, sitting on a headland watching combers roll in off the North Sea or simply strolling through castle ruins, your cares slip away like the dawn mist on a summer’s day.

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 - £425

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

Supplements

 

Single room supplement - £100

Single Traveller Supplement - £210

Bike hire - £55

E-Bike Hire - N/A

Additional nights - Price upon request

 

Other Info

 

We feel this trip is suitable for children aged 12 and over, however this is a guideline and will depend on the ability of each child.

 

Trip Code

 

NC312

Rob's Highlights

  • Alnmouth beach
  • Holy Island
  • Lunch at the Ship Inn, Low Newton-by-the-Sea
  • Bamburgh Castle
  • A stroll along the town ramparts of Berwick-upon-Tweed

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Alnmouth

Arrive in Alnmouth either by train or car 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 hand over a few tips for cycling in Northumberland. Alnmouth is a lovely, wee village facing the sea. With rows of postcard-pretty, pastel cottages, this former smugglers den on the River Aln is now a yachties haven. If you arrive in time, it’s a great spot for a beach walk. Look out for terns, oystercatchers, curlews and minute dunlins feeding on the mud at low tide.

Day 2: Alnmouth to Bamburgh – approx 26 miles

There is a sense of timelessness in the unfrequented lanes, the remote seaward farms and the empty beaches on the first section of the route through Boulmer to Craster. The tide retreats to reveal great rafts of baked sedimentary rock – the same grey, dolerite stone the Romans used to construct Hadrian’s Wall. A small detour, brings you down to Low Newton-by-the-sea, a tiny, 18th century fishing village now owned by the National Trust. Sit outside the Ship Inn, with views across the sand to the evocative ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle. The route heads inland north of Embleton, and back to the coast at Seahouses, before the final approach to the castle at Bamburgh, a great fist of basalt rock towering over the dunes.

Day 3: Bamburgh to Berwick-upon-Tweed – approx 24 miles

On quiet lanes, you cross the A1 and wend north, through ancient woods, before dropping back down to the sea by the causeway to Holy Island. All tourist trails in Northumberland lead to Holy Island, or Lindisfarne, just as the Christian missionary routes did fourteen centuries ago. Now, as then, you have to cross the mile of mud and sand that is sluiced twice daily by the North Sea, when the tide comes in. Both the Priory and the Tudor castle are worth a visit. The castle, which crowns a rock covered in crimson valerian above the harbour, was restored by the architect Edwin Lutyens in 1903. His long time associate, the garden designer Gertrude Jekyll, complemented the fairytale aspect of the redoubt with a small but exquisite garden full of sweat peas, gladioli, larkspur and hollyhock. Finally, you cycle past Goswick Sands, through Cocklawburn Nature Reserve 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.

What's Included 

 

What's Not Included 

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

24 hour emergency back up support

Bed & Breakfast

Luggage transfers

Meet & Greet by Bikecation rep

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

Meet & Greet by Bikecation rep

Trip planner with route notes and maps

What's Not Included

Bike hire

Drinks

Insurance

Lunches & evening meals

Testimonial

 

A great little vacation along the Norhumberland coastline. - S.Perry

 

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