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United Kingdom

Northumberland

Guided Road Cycling Weekend

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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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This place to place road cycling weekend in the UK is a classic. We’ve been trying to keep it all to ourselves but the secret is out - Northumberland is simply a brilliant area to explore on your bike!
Our weekend begins on the banks of the River Tyne, just a stone’s throw from Newcastle’s vibrant city centre. Once on the bikes it isn’t long before we’re deep into the North East’s finest countryside and exploring England’s least populated county. Having ridden through some of the region’s remotest towns and villages we will spend our second evening in Rothbury, situated just outside the stunning 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, eventually leading us back to Newcastle via sections of the ancient Military Road and passing Hadrian's Wall.
This is a great road cycling weekend for blowing away the cobwebs and a natural progression for anyone who's enjoyed one of our easier UK weekends; the perfect refreshing break in a truly picturesque, remote and history laden slice of England.
Each of our road weekends are kept specifically small at between 6 to 14 riders, enabling us to cater for different fitness and riding experience levels within the group. If you don't have a bike (or simply don't fancy washing it at the end of the weekend!), then we've got a great selection of bikes for hire. We'll even put on your own special weekend if there is a group of you and our dates just don't fit!
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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’
  • Listening to the Geordie lads and lasses in the pub
  • 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

Following arrival at your city accommodation on the Friday, you will be shown where you can store your bike (if you are bringing your own) and to your room. Most people tend to arrive early evening, but if you do wish to arrive earlier in the day and get in a few extra miles on your own, then do let us know so we can allow for an early check-in.

In the evening we will be meeting as a group in a local pub, where over a drink and something to eat there will be an informal chat about the events of the weekend. For our weekends we use a selection of quality B&Bs and small guesthouses / hotels, which provide us with a great base and offer a warm welcome after a day in the saddle.

Tonight is a good opportunity to get to know your guides who represent Skedaddle’s enthusiastic and friendly attitude to road cycling as well as the other cyclists on your weekend.

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

After a good breakfast at your accommodation, the guides will discuss the route we will be taking from Newcastle to Rothbury and pointing out any areas of note. Our guides know the area intimately and will no doubt enthuse over the varying and challenging terrain you’ll be enjoying on your first day’s ride.

The day will commence at around 10:00am led by a minimum of 2 Skedaddle guides in order to be able to fully support the mix of abilities in the group. The group will be met at various points around the route by our support vehicle for snacks and hot and cold drinks, with lunch served mid-way through the route. Our signature lunches are buffet style picnics, with a selection of local produce put together by our guides (often their pride and joy!).

Following lunch we will continue along the route, arriving at your second night’s accommodation, in the small town of Rothbury, mid to late afternoon. The evening meal will be taken either at a local pub or restaurant. As many of our guides help out on a number of Skedaddle holidays, this is a great opportunity for those who fancy heading further afield on their bike to ask questions and get an accurate picture of the trips from someone who has been there and ridden the routes.

Day 3
Rothbury to Newcastle - Departure: Newcastle
55 Miles / 88 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 1,000 Metres Approx.

After another hearty breakfast to set you up for a day on your bike, we will discuss the route for the day. Today’s route will have us winding our way from Rothbury back to Newcastle whilst taking in some stunning descents and breathtaking climbs, including the Ryals (which features in the Beaumont Trophy & the Cyclone Festival of Cycling). The guides will go through other highlights you can expect during the day pointing out areas with particularly good scenery as well as sections of outstanding cycling.

This is supplemented throughout the day as we discuss the route ahead of us. We aim to be on the road by around 10:00am again led by members of the Skedaddle team. As with yesterday, the group is met at various points around the route by our support vehicle with a selection of tasty treats, with lunch served mid-way through the route.

Following lunch it is back on the bikes, returning to the start point in Newcastle around mid afternoon. Once back, it’s time for a final snack and drink, before taking a shower and heading home, with a few miles in the legs, great memories and hopefully plans for your next Skedaddle holiday!

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The Cycling

Terrain

Cycling out of Newcastle on a mix of roads and cycleways, we are soon on small country lanes and B roads, heading north towards rolling farmland. The further north we go, the higher and more open the surrounding landscape becomes as we approach the Cheviot Hills. There are some cheeky climbs and great descents as we skirt around the southern side of the Cheviots.

This is a very popular road cycling area, and it’s easy to see why, with its combination of quiet roads, very little traffic and beautiful scenery dotted with historical interest.

On day two, making our way south we head back towards more rolling farmland landscapes before reaching the outskirts of Newcastle and the picturesque ride back into the city centre to finish.

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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

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
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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