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Coast and Castles (6 days cycling)

Self-Guided Leisure Cycling Holiday

Grade

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Duration

7 days

Prices from

£645 P.P.
United Kingdom

Coast and Castles (6 days cycling)

Self-Guided Leisure Cycling Holiday

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

7 days

Prices from

£645 P.P.
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This classic cycling holiday in the UK, from Newcastle-upon-Tyne to Edinburgh, follows the National Cycle Network Route 1: Coast and Castles using the North Sea Cycle Route. This is a classic cycle route full of awesome scenery and historical interest!
Arriving in Newcastle with its excellent transport connections, you'll spend your first night in this vibrant city. The next day, after following the River Tyne to the coast at Tynemouth, you'll head northwards following the wonderful Coast and Castles route which takes you up the beautiful and dramatic Northumberland Coast with its long sandy beaches and the spectacular castles of Dunstanburgh and Bamburgh.
After checking the tide times (a must!), your next stop is Holy Island, otherwise known as Lindisfarne, before edging your way to the Scottish Border at Berwick-upon-Tweed. From here you'll head inland up the majestic Tweed Valley to Melrose, which is famed for its gothic abbey. Onwards then to Innerleithen, with the final leg a superb spot of cycling through the Moorfoot Hills and on to Edinburgh for a great finish in Scotland's capital city. At the end of the ride in Edinburgh you'll be met by our Skedaddle representative where you will either start your return journey from here by train, or you will be transferred back to Newcastle.
This self-guided trip is for a minimum of 2 people and accommodation, transfers (where required), luggage transfers and emergency back up are all included. We also provide detailed route notes and maps to enable you to do the route self-guided. Nothing could be simpler!  
This trip can also be done as a 4 day version or as a fully supported option.

 

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Holiday Highlights

  • Cycling past the dramatic Tynemouth Priory
  • Miles of pristine dunes and sandy beaches at Druridge Bay
  • Stunning vistas as you approach imposing Bamburgh Castle
  • Your first glimpse of Edinburgh from the Moorfoot hills
  • The rugged beauty of the borders
  • A celebratory dram in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat
  • Flexibility to choose your own start date

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Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival into Newcastle
Non Cycling Day

Getting to Newcastle is easy. If you are planning to arrive by air, there is an airport at Newcastle with direct services to Newcastle Central train station. For those arriving by car, you will be able to leave your vehicle at your accommodation, or if the train is your preferred transport mode, you can either take a taxi from the station to your accommodation or it is just a short 10-15 minute walk away.

Day 2
Newcastle to Amble
45 Miles / 72 Kms Approx
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 450m

Your journey starts by cycling along the Newcastle quayside past the Millennium Bridge as you head eastwards along the River Tyne to the coast. You will soon find yourself passing through the heart of the former ship building area of the Tyne and at Wallsend – the end of Hadrian’s Wall you’ll need to keep an eye out for Segedunum Roman Fort Museum.

Continuing along close to the river you soon reach the Fish Quays of North Shields, where you’ll find a bustling little harbour. You are now at the very mouth of the Tyne and a few more pedal turns lead along its quayside, pass Lord Collingwood and you’ll reach Tynemouth. This is a great place for a late morning coffee or to stock up on snacks for the miles ahead. From here you continue along the seafront, past the Victorian resort of Whitley Bay and on to the seaport of Blyth.

You’ll soon leave the urban surroundings behind and pass into much more open countryside and quiet country lanes. The next point of interest is the stunning Druridge Bay. With its seven mile sandy beach, nature reserve and some of Northumberland’s biggest sand dunes it is a real treat. Next comes Amble which proudly declares itself as ‘the friendliest port’ and your accommodation for the evening.

Day 3
Amble to Bamburgh
29 Miles / 47 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 400m

Leaving Amble behind your route takes you towards the impressive medieval castles of Warkworth, Dunstanburgh and Bamburgh, and the attractive coastal village of Craster. At Bamburgh, as well as the castle in its dramatic setting on a rock outcrop, there is the Grace Darling museum, a famous heroine of the lifeboats.

Day 4
Bamburgh to Berwick-upon-Tweed
25 Miles / 40 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 400m

Just up the coast from Bamburgh you come to Lindisfarne, otherwise known as Holy Island, a key site in early Christianity and the place where the Lindisfarne Gospels were created in the 8th century. If the tide and time allows, it’s well worth the additional 7 mile round trip to visit the island by crossing the tidal causeway. From Holy Island, it’s on to the Elizabethan border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, with its complex defences built up over the years of border wars, and your stopping place for the night.

Day 5
Berwick-upon-Tweed to Kelso
30 Miles / 48 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 500m

From Berwick-upon-Tweed, it’s inland, along the Tweed valley to Kelso. On the way you’ll cross the border into Scotland, then back into England over the famous Union Suspension Bridge, that spans the River Tweed between Horncliffe in Northumberland and Fishwick in the Scottish Borders. At the Chainbridge Honey Farm, you can get a cup of tea and feast yourselves on yummy cakes and enjoy them on an old green double decker bus! As the name implies, you can buy lots of honey there too. A few miles on you cross back into Scotland at Norham Castle, and on to Kelso, with the impressive Floors Castle and your first night spent over the border!

Day 6
Kelso to Innerleithen
32 Miles / 52 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 650m

This morning you head to Melrose, famed for its impressive Gothic-style abbey, which is thought to be the burial place of Robert the Bruce’s heart! Leaving Melrose, you continue along the increasingly deep Tweed Valley, surrounded by forested hills and following the course of this famous salmon river to Innerleithen, passing Traquair House, reputedly the oldest continually inhabited house in Scotland. The busy little town of Innerleithen is well known for its mountain biking scene, and no doubt you will see armoured and full face helmeted riders around the town.

Day 7
Innerleithen to Edinburgh
38 Miles / 61 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 650m

Heading north out of Innerleithen the route climbs up and over the Moorfoot Hills, with views of Edinburgh in the distance. Dropping down from the hills and heading through Dalkeith and Musselburgh you make your way into Edinburgh through the Innocent Tunnel and past Arthur’s Seat to the finish point. Here you will be met by our Skedaddle representative where you will either start your return journey home by train or be transferred back to Newcastle.

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The Cycling

Terrain

The route has some sections of urban riding, on quiet roads or purpose built cycle paths, but most of the route follows quiet country lanes, cycle tracks, and some bridleways.

There are a few off-road sections, with tracks across grassy fields or farm roads. Being a National Cycle Network route, there are no “technical” off-road sections. With a mix of tarmac and some gravel or stoney/grass surfaces the ride can be completed on almost any type of bike. Some riders will find that with a little extra care the off-road sections can be ridden on a road bike with touring tyres fitted, however there are tarmac alternatives to the standard route if preferred.

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Leisure Cycling Grade

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5
Grade 2-3: Gentle/Moderate

Aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 holidays

Suitable for those looking for some cycle friendly routes

Features some modest climbs

Possibly sections of varying terrain (eg. forest tracks, gravel paths etc).

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?

Holidays that are graded as a 2-3, will have aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 holidays. These tours are still suitable for those perhaps who have recently got into cycling, and offer an array of accessible, cycle friendly routes, cycle paths and quiet roads, however there will be some days / sections where you may have to tackle some ups and downs, the occasional steeper climb and perhaps some varying terrain (forest tracks, gravel paths etc). Suitable for those with a decent level of physical fitness, looking for some leisurely rides with occasional (achievable!) challenges along the way.

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Dates & Prices

Choose your own dates from £795.00 per person, just give us a call to check availability. Alternatively for a great value holiday choose one of our scheduled weekend departures below:

Start Date
End Date
Duration
Price p.p.
Start Date
28/05/2021
Return Date
03/06/2021
Duration
7 days
Price
£645.00
Start Date
25/06/2021
Return Date
01/07/2021
Duration
7 days
Price
£645.00
Start Date
20/08/2021
Return Date
26/08/2021
Duration
7 days
Price
£645.00
Start Date
03/09/2021
Return Date
09/09/2021
Duration
7 days
Price
£645.00
Choose your date
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End Date
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Duration
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Price
£795.00

Whats Included Tick

A) Accommodation (shared twin rooms)

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

C) Skedaddle App to access holiday information and navigation

D) Detailed Skedaddle route notes and relevant maps

E) GPX files available upon request

F) Luggage transfer service

G) Skedaddle Local Representative

H) Emergency tool kit, pump etc. (if hiring your bike from Skedaddle)

What's not Included Cross

A) Personal clothing and equipment

B) Travel insurance

C) Bar bills, telephone calls, souvenirs, etc.

D) Bike & helmet hire (available if required)

E) Travel or flight costs and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)

F) Single room option (may be available if required)

G) Entrance fees to cultural or historical sites and visitor centres

H) Other optional activities

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The Essentials

Travel Options

If you decide to drive we will provide you with full directions to the accommodation and meeting point in Newcastle. You will be able to leave your car at the accommodation for the duration of the trip at no additional cost. If you would prefer to catch the train the most convenient station for arrival is Newcastle. Your hotel is a 15 minute walk, or 10 minute taxi ride, away from the station.

Following completion of the ride in Edinburgh, you will be met by our representative at around 16.30. You will then either start your return train journey from here or you will be transported back to Newcastle. Please do not book any return trains from Edinburgh prior to 18.00 and return trains from Newcastle prior to 20.00.

There is a supplement payable for airport transfers.

Please contact us prior to making any travel arrangements

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 would like to hire a bike we have both hybrid and electric bikes available to hire. The hybrid bikes are generally Giant Roam or Liv Rove with a large 30 speed gear range, semi-slick tyres and a relaxed riding position. Our electric bikes are generally Giant Entour E+ Disc pedal assist bikes with batteries suitable for the daily distances on this holiday. Helmets and panniers are provided with all our hire bikes along with an emergency repair kit including a spare innertube, bike pump and bike lock.

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