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Coast and Castles

Supported Leisure Cycling Holiday

Grade

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2
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5

Duration

5 days

Prices from

£570 P.P.
United Kingdom

Coast and Castles

Supported Leisure Cycling Holiday

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

5 days

Prices from

£570 P.P.
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A classic UK cycling holiday from Newcastle-upon-Tyne to Edinburgh on The National Cycle Network Route 1: Coast and Castles, utilising the North Sea Cycle Route.
Arriving in Newcastle with its excellent transport connections, we'll spend our first night in this vibrant city. The next day, after following the River Tyne to the coast at Tynemouth, we'll head northwards following the Coast and Castles route. The route will take us up the dramatic and beautiful Northumberland Coast, with its long sandy beaches and spectacular castles, which include Dunstanburgh and Bamburgh.
Time permitting, the next stop is Holy Island (Lindisfarne), before edging your way to the Scottish Border at Berwick-upon-Tweed. From here you 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. From Edinburgh, you'll be transferred back to Newcastle for your journey home.
This is a superb cycle route, full of awesome scenery and historical interest. As well as being offered as a supported trip on specific dates in June and July you may also choose your own dates and take the self-guided option.
Like any of our UK supported trips, The Coast and Castles is also available as a private departure for groups of friends, colleagues, families or anyone else! If our standard dates don't work, you would like a slightly altered itinerary or you would prefer a private group trip please give us a call for a chat.
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Holiday Highlights

  • Following the Tyne past the dramatic Tynemouth Priory
  • Cycling past the pristine dunes and sandy beaches at Druridge Bay
  • Stunning vistas as you approach imposing Bamburgh Castle
  • Glimpsing Edinburgh as you cycle from the Moorfoot Hills
  • The rugged beauty of the Scottish Borders

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Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival Day
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.

You can arrive in Newcastle at any time during the day and everyone will meet up at the accommodation in the evening. The Skedaddle guide will also meet you there and there will be a chance for a chat about the next few days riding over a drink and something to eat.

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

Our journey starts with cycling along the Newcastle quayside past the Millennium Bridge as we head eastwards along the River Tyne to the coast. We will soon find ourselves passing through the heart of the former ship building area of the Tyne and at Wallsend, literally the end of Hadrian’s Wall, keep an eye out for Segedunum Roman Fort Museum and its viewing tower shaped in the form of a Roman helmet.

Continuing along close to the river we soon reach the Fish Quays of North Shields, and its bustling little harbour. We are now at the very mouth of the Tyne and after a few more pedal strokes along its quayside, we pass Lord Collingwood to reach Tynemouth. From here we continue along the seafront riding past the Victorian resort of Whitley Bay and on to the seaport of Blyth, with its imposing wind turbines.

We’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 Berwick-upon-Tweed
54 Miles / 87 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 800m

After a hearty breakfast, we‘re back on our route once more and heading 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. Just past Bamburgh we 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 worth a visit 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 our stopping place for the night. If you have the energy left then a wander around the city walls is recommended and with plenty of good places to eat you‘re not going to go hungry tonight!

Day 4
Berwick-upon-Tweed to Galashiels
49 Miles / 79 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 804m

From Berwick-upon-Tweed, it’s inland along the Tweed valley to Melrose. On the way we’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. No doubt on the schedule is a quick stop at the Chainbridge Honey Farm, where you can get a cup of tea and feast yourselves on yummy cakes and enjoy them on an old green Bristol Lodekka double decker bus! As the name implies, you can buy lots of honey there too. A few miles on we cross back into Scotland at Norham Castle, and on to Kelso, with the impressive Floors Castle. The final section today takes us through Melrose, famed for its impressive Gothic-style abbey – thought to be the burial place of Robert the Bruce’s heart! It’s then onto Galashiels and your accommodation for the evening.

Day 5
Galashiels to Edinburgh
54 Miles / 87 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 1106 m

Leaving Galashiels, we 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. 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.

This is where we will meet up with the minibus at the end of the ride, load up the bikes and head 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, we recommend a hybrid bike, or a mountain bike fitted with semi-slick tyres for this route. Road bikes are not suitable for this tour.

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Leisure Cycling Grade

1
2
3
4
5
Grade 3-4 : Gentle to Moderate

Moderate/Active – Aspects of both our grade 3 and 4 holidays. Suitable for the leisure cyclist who rides frequently, and who’s comfortable with some moderately challenging climbs. Some of the terrain may vary, potentially including sections of uneven or unpaved ground.

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 3-4, will have aspects of both our grade 3 and 4 holidays. These tours are suitable for those who keep themselves relatively fit and maybe enjoy an afternoon out on the bikes at the weekend. Your preference may be for flatter terrain, but you don’t mind tackling some hills, the occasional steep climb and some varying terrain (forest tracks, gravel paths etc.). It might be however that on some days the distances will be longer than a standard grade 3 trip, or some of the climbs may be quite challenging. You may also require some previous experience of tackling some uneven / unpaved ground to comfortably and safely ride certain sections of the route.

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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
14/07/2021
Fully Booked
Return Date
18/07/2021
Duration
5 days
Price
£570.00
Start Date
01/06/2022
Return Date
05/06/2022
Duration
5 days
Price
£595.00
Start Date
13/07/2022
Return Date
17/07/2022
Duration
5 days
Price
£595.00

Whats Included Tick

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

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

C) Full support service including a guide qualified in First Aid in a back up vehicle carrying spares, snacks and extra equipment not needed on your bike

D) Skedaddle App to access holiday information and navigation

E) GPX files available upon request

F) Scheduled train station transfers on arrival and departure days

What's not Included Cross

A) Riding guide

B) Personal clothing and equipment

C) Travel insurance

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

E) Bike & helmet hire (available if required)

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

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

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

I) Other optional activities

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The Essentials

Travel Options

If you intend to drive to Newcastle we will provide directions to the meeting point where you can leave your car for the duration of the trip. Please note that there will be no additional charge for parking. If you are planning to travel by train we recommend that you arrive into Newcastle train station and depart from Edinburgh Waverley. Group train station transfers are included in the holiday price and there will be a Skedaddle transfer at 16.00 from Newcastle train station on the arrival day to the accommodation.

Following completion of the ride you will finish by Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh at 16.00 where you will be met by your guide and transferred to Edinburgh Waverley train station or back to your car in Newcastle. Please do not book any return trains from Edinburgh prior to 17.30 or 20.00 from Newcastle.

If you are planning to fly the best option would be to arrive into Newcastle airport and depart from Edinburgh. There is a supplement payable if you require picking up and returning to Newcastle. In Edinburgh you would need to make your own arrangements to the airport either by train or private taxi.

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 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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