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Northumberland

Guided Road Cycling Weekend

Grade

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Duration

3 days

Prices from

£325 P.P.
United Kingdom

Northumberland

Guided Road Cycling Weekend

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

3 days

Prices from

£325 P.P.
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Northumberland is England's least-populated county and one of the last remaining swathes of genuine wilderness in the country. Lying just a stone's throw from the vibrancy of Newcastle upon Tyne's city centre, it is simply a wonderful region to explore by bike.
 
Our adventure begins on the banks of the River Tyne, just a few minutes' walking distance from Newcastle's legendary quayside. Our route takes us from the centre of the city, deep into the heart of some of Northern England's finest countryside. Having explored some of the region's remotest towns and villages, we spend an evening in Rothbury, a beautiful rural town straddling the River Coquet and situated just outside the boundary of the Northumberland National Park.
 
Our second day on the bikes features highlights of the route ridden by the country’s top pro riders in the annual Beaumont Trophy, a regular UCI and British National Road Race fixture. We complete the weekend by heading back to Newcastle, via sections of the ancient Military Road, much of which runs alongside Hadrian's Wall.
 
This is a great road cycling weekend for blowing away the cobwebs; the perfect refreshing break in a truly picturesque, remote and history laden slice of England.
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Holiday Highlights

  • The vibrant city of Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Cycling through the least populated county in England
  • Pease pudding and stotties
  • Wide open countryside with sweeping views of ‘the land of far horizons’
  • Hadrian’s Wall, castles, forts, and hills galore!

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Both days were absolutely fantastic. Unforgettable actually, particularly cycling above the mist on the Sunday morning. Just an overall big thank you to the whole team!

Jonathan, Wigan

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival: Newcastle
Non Riding Day

Participants wishing to travel by train can be picked up from Newcastle Central Station train station and should discuss timetables with the office before booking tickets to ensure that arrival times coincide with our pick-up and transfer schedules. The Skedaddle team will be on hand at our city centre hotel from late afternoon onwards, to meet those choosing to make their own way by car. 

The hotel is situated on the Gateshead side of the River Tyne just minutes away from Newcastle Quayside, one the city’s main hotspots for entertainment and nightlife. Anyone planning to arrive earlier on Friday should let us know in advance as we may be able to arrange for an early check-in at the hotel.

The party will dine together, during which time the team will conduct an informal briefing and talk through the program for the weekend before retiring for the evening.

Day 2
Newcastle to Rothbury
63 Miles / 102 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 1,200 Metres Approx.

Newcastle is a very compact city and although we begin the day by crossing through its very centre, it’s a relaxed affair with relatively low levels of urban traffic to negotiate. We find ourselves on quieter, more rural, roads within a surprisingly short space of time.

Apart from a sharp little ramp very early into the ride as we move away from the riverside and into the city centre, the morning’s stage rolls very gently. By the time we’ve completed only seven miles we find ourselves bidding farewell to Newcastle’s suburbs as the vast green open space of the Northumberland countryside looms into view.

As we push on, although there are no enormous climbs to contend with, the terrain becomes progressively more challenging, and the scenery more rugged, until we reach Rothbury, a small but historically important agricultural trading town, originally established on a crossroads over a ford on the River Coquet 

Rothbury will be our home for the evening, but our ride is far from over at this point as we end the day with a 25-mile loop-ride exploration of the remote settlements and villages in the surrounding hills. Once back in the town we’ll clean up, settle in for the evening and enjoy dinner together in a local pub.

Day 3
Rothbury to Newcastle - Departure: Newcastle
55 Miles / 88 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 850 Metres Approx.

Today, as we start our journey back to Newcastle, we move slightly further to the west to explore yet more of the beautiful countryside that lies on the northern side of the Tyne Valley.

The road undulates, generally upwards, but is only moderately challenging for the first the 10 miles or so. Two climbs, in quick succession, turn up the heat a little and take us up to the highest point of our weekend where we pass by Winter’s Gibbet. A long and glorious descent whisks us away from this bizarre and eerie remnant of a late 18th century Northumberland murder, as we head towards, and through, the villages of Hartington, Cambo and Wallington.

Later in the day we join a route that frequently features in the region’s primary National Road Race fixture, the Beaumont Trophy, where we have an opportunity to test our legs on the Ryals, a notorious but thankfully short climb which has been known to catch out even the most seasoned riders.

Beyond the Ryals we enjoy a relaxed and gently rolling jaunt back to Newcastle which, if all has gone to plan, we should reach by mid-afternoon in time to shower and change before heading home.

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The Cycling

Terrain

We leave, and return, to Newcastle city centre via a combination of roads and cycleways. Although we do encounter some light urban traffic at the very start and end of the tour, the vast majority of our time is spent on delightfully quiet rural lanes and secondary roads. 

The terrain is generally rolling and doesn’t feature any enormous or very long climbs, however there is little that can be described as “flat” and there are some occasional steep sections, particularly during Sunday’s ride.  

Road surfaces are generally good, however, as is the case in all rural and agricultural regions, it is not uncommon to encounter occasional gravelly sections and potholes in some areas. Cattle grids, wandering sheep and other livestock are frequent features and as such good bike handling skills, as well as a reasonable level of fitness are required.

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Road Cycling Grade

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Grade 2 - 3: Gentle to Moderate

Average distances around 70-90 km with occasional challenging climbs

A moderately difficult tour somewhere slightly tougher than a Grade 2, but not as difficult as Grade 3

Some long days and significant climbs

Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!

For more information about our grading system click here.

Is this suitable for you?

You’re reasonably fit and ride frequently at weekends, sometimes staying on the bike for a number of hours at a time. You do enjoy an occasional challenge and quite happy climbing but you‘re unlikely to be found daydreaming about ticking off all the famous cols of the Tour de France. That said the prospect of tackling a semi-serious to serious mountain pass doesn’t fill you with dread. You enjoy the social aspect of cycling and look forward to the occasional coffee-stop as much as the riding itself. You have good control of your bike and feel confident in your skills to ascend and descend safely. Whilst you find a full day in the saddle fulfilling, you’re not obsessed and as much as you are looking forward to the riding on your holiday, you’re also looking forward to a little local culture and cuisine. Grade 2-3 would be a good option for you.

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This was our first holiday with Skeddadle and you have set the bar very high, the overall service was faultless from initial contact to waving goodbye at the end of the tour.

Ray, Hampshire

Dates & Prices

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Private Departures

Private Departures

Are you keen to only travel with your family or friends? Struggling to find the right date? Well, we can organise a private departure for this tour and tailor aspects to suit your group's specific needs. Contact our friendly team and we'll help you turn your dream into reality.

Start Date
End Date
Duration
Price p.p.
Start Date
* 23/07/2021
Fully Booked
Return Date
25/07/2021
Duration
3 days
Price
£325.00
Start Date
* 03/09/2021
Return Date
05/09/2021
Duration
3 days
Price
£325.00

Whats Included Tick

A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms)

B) Meals as per the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

C) Full tour service, including Skedaddle guides

D) Unless stated, at least one leader qualified in first aid

E) Support vehicle and luggage transfers

F) Transfer on scheduled arrival day from Newcastle Central train station

G) Transfer on scheduled departure day to Newcastle Central train station

What's not Included Cross

A) Bike hire (available if required)

B) Train tickets and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)

C) Meals not stated in the itinerary

D) Single room (available if required)

E) Travel insurance

F) Personal clothing and equipment

G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills, hotel facilities etc)

H) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions en route

I) Transfers on days other than the scheduled arrival / departure days

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The Essentials

Travel Options

If travelling by car the arrival point is The Hilton, Newcastle Gateshead where you will be able to leave your car for the duration of the trip.

Group train station transfers are included in the holiday cost. If travelling by train we ask that you arrive into Newcastle train station by 17:45 on arrival and depart from Newcastle train station after 18:30 on departure day (we will arrive approx 18:15).

Please check with us before making any travel arrangements, to make sure we have reached the minimum number required to guarantee your holiday and to ensure your arrangements fit with our scheduled transfers and logistics. Please note – if you make alternative travel arrangements, which fall outside of the planned train station transfers, there may be an additional charge for individual transfers.

Accommodation

In the UK we use small, good quality 3 or 4 star hotels, B&Bs, inns and small family-run hotels. Our trips are operated on a twin-share basis but single rooms can be provided, subject to availability, for a supplement if requested at the time of booking.

Bike Hire

If you don’t own a suitable bike or would prefer to avoid bringing your own we have road bikes available to hire. These bikes are typically Giant Contend, great bikes with good quality components. If you do decide to hire and would like us to provide a helmet for you too, please let us know at time of booking, otherwise you should bring your own helmet with you. Please do also let us know if you plan on bringing your own clip-in pedals, or if you will use the flat pedals which our hire bikes come fitted with.

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