Cycle Hadrian's Wall - Coast to Coast

Cycle Hadrian's Wall - Coast to Coast

Start: Tynemouth Finish: Tynemouth

Visiting: Tynemouth, Brampton, Haltwhistle, Corbridge


Duration: 4 Nights

Physical rating: Medium, None

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour code: CHW

Tour operator: Explore!

Group size: 4 - 16

Age range: 14-99

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

Hadrian's Cycleway is a great coast-to-coast ride with breath taking views that explores the living history of Hadrian's Wall. Europe's largest surviving Roman monument was built in AD 122 and our cycle route visits some of the highlights of this UNESCO site. We ride from the Irish Sea on quiet roads through beautiful hill country, attractive market towns, quaint villages and peaceful river valleys to the North Sea.

Highlights

  • iconHadrian's Wall - Roman Army Museum, Birdoswald Fort and Vindolanda settlement
  • iconNatural beauty - ride from Solway Firth across the North Pennines
  • iconCoast to Coast - sense of achievement crossing England by pedal power

Places You'll See

Cycling in the sunshine
Tynemouth Priory
Hadrian's Wall
Cycle route to Hadrian's Wall
Bowness-on-Solway

Itinerary

icon Day 1: Join trip in Tynemouth

Location: Tynemouth

Accommodation: Hotel, The Park

Meals: No Meals

Arrive in the village of Tynemouth, listed in the 2018 Sunday Times report on best places to live in Northern England. Check in is possible from 3pm and free car parking is available. For those arriving by train into Newcastle you can use the Tyne and Wear Metro system to reach Tynemouth. We end our ride here on day 5.

The Tour Leader plans to meet you in reception at 6pm for the introductory briefing, followed by the option to enjoy a group meal (not included) to get acquainted with your fellow guests.

NB - Please note that during covid restrictions it is advisable to pre-book entrance tickets for most suggested site visits on this trip. Go to the optional activities listed in the trip information section for more details on pre-booking the visit (with timings and prices).

icon Day 2: Drive to Bowness. Cycle to Brampton via Carlisle

Location: Brampton

Accommodation: Scotch Arms Mews

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast we drive (2hrs) to Bowness on Solway. We unload and assign the bikes and there will be time to get comfortable and make any necessary adjustments. The included 24-gear hybrid bikes are ideally suited to the terrain. Maps and detailed route notes will be provided, which means we can cycle at our own pace, either individually or with other group members. Our local Leader will transfer the luggage, provide an emergency backup vehicle, and will meet us at various points during our cycling days to help ensure all runs smoothly and you enjoy your trip.

We start our ride in the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, following National Cycle Network Route 72 alongside the Solway Firth before heading inland to Carlisle. You may choose to visit the medieval castle that has watched over the Cathedral City of Carlisle for more than nine centuries. Our ride continues to Warwick Bridge followed by a short climb to Brampton where we spend the night. We recommend an optional evening walk around Talkin Tarn glacial lake and Country Park just outside Brampton. Please note that due to the small size of hotels our group may be accommodated in more than one hotel tonight.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 45 kilometres (total 330 metres ascent and 265 metres descent).

icon Day 3: Cycle to Haltwhistle. Birdoswald Roman Fort and Roman Army Museum

Location: Haltwhistle

Accommodation: Hotel, Centre of Britain

Meals: Breakfast

Back on the bikes this morning, we have a relatively shorter ride today that takes in some wonderful Roman heritage sites. Our first suggested stop is at Lanercost Priory (English Heritage, optional visit) where you can visit the impressive remains of this 12th century Augustinian priory. There is a steep climb out of Banks before arriving at our first site on Hadrian's Wall at Birdoswald Roman Fort (English Heritage, optional visit), also good for a coffee break. You can see the longest remaining stretch of the Wall here and explore the ruins of the Fort, a turret and milecastle. After a steep climb (up to 17%), we reach Greenhead Bank where you may choose to have lunch and have the chance to visit the excellent Roman Army Museum. It is possible to buy a combined ticket here that includes the entrance to Vindolanda tomorrow. The final stretch is an easy ride down to the hotel in the small town of Haltwhistle. Please note that due to the small size of hotels our group may be accommodated in more than one hotel tonight.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 22 kilometres (total 305 metres ascent and 260 metres descent).

icon Day 4: Cycle to Corbridge. Vindolanda Roman archaeological site

Location: Corbridge

Accommodation: Hotel, The Beaumont

Meals: Breakfast

Our ride this morning follows the South Tyne Valley to Bardon Mill, before some steep climbs back up to Hadrian's Wall at the Roman archaeological site of Vindolanda. There is a cafe here to have a break and we recommend a visit to the site where you may even see some archaeologists and learn what has been uncovered recently. The cycle ride continues to the historic and picturesque village of Corbridge where we spend the night. Once a Roman garrison town, it is possible to visit the remains of Corbridge Roman Town (English Heritage, optional visit) located just outside of town. Please note that depending on hotel availability, tonight may be spent in either Corbridge or Hexham. Hexham has a beautiful Abbey and would mean a shorter ride (8km less) today and more tomorrow.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 38 kilometres (total 470 metres ascent and 550 metres descent).

icon Day 5: Cycle to Tynemouth where the trip ends

Meals: Breakfast

Our final ride follows the River Tyne Valley along minor roads, disused railway lines and cycle paths into Newcastle passing Ovingham Bridge and Wylam (George Stephenson's birthplace). After passing through the centre of the city with the river on our right, we weave our way along the final 20km to the North Sea through Wallsend and North Shields. Finally, we reach the small bay at Tynemouth and complete our journey from coast to coast with the ruins of Tynemouth Castle and Priory on the headland above. There is a great feeling of real achievement as we realise that we just crossed England by pedal power!

Our journey ends at Tynemouth Castle at around 4pm when we leave the bikes and say farewell. If not picking up your car you can take a short walk to Tynemouth metro station on the Tyne and Wear Metro system, from where it is a 30-minute journey into central Newcastle and the mainline rail station. The earliest your train can depart from Newcastle is 5pm.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 50 kilometres (total 390 metres ascent and 400 metres descent).

What's Included

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    Meals – Breakfast Only

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    Accommodation

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    Fully Guided

What's Not Included

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    Tipping and Gratuities

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    Country Entry Visas

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