- The sense of achievement having ridden from coast to coast
- The well preserved forts of Birdoswald and Vindolanda
- The rugged beauty of the North Pennines
- The picturesque market town of Corbridge
- Following in the footsteps of the Roman Empire
- Flexibility to choose your own start date or one of our great value scheduled departure dates
The organisation was superb, everything went like clockwork. Your notes were detailed and there was no chance we could get lost! The advice was all spot on. Thank you again for a fantastic holiday we will never forget.
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.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Ascent: 700m
After a hearty breakfast, you will be met by our Skedaddle representative at your accommodation in Newcastle who will provide you with your hire bikes (if hiring), an Information Pack including route notes, maps and additional information for your trip. They will then transfer you to Bowness-on-Solway to begin your journey.
Bowness-on-Solway is the beginning of the Hadrian’s Wall National Trail, and the village sits on the stunning Solway Firth (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). The views of Scotland from here are simply breathtaking. The area is also a haven for wildlife, so keep an eye out for wildfowl during this first part of the trip. Our first day’s riding is a gentle introduction to the trip with a flat ride by the banks of the Solway Firth before skirting Carlisle. This thriving regional city is well worth a visit if time allows; showcasing some of the area’s historic treasures in the Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, and boasting Carlisle Castle; still welcoming visitors since Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobites. the route gently undulates towards Warwick Bridge and this section along the river is very picturesque – so cameras at the ready!
A short roller coaster of a ride then takes you past Lanercost, with its impressive priory and onto our first real uphill section of the day towards Gilsland and your accommodation for the evening. Just before Birdoswald Roman Fort, there is a superb section of the wall, right next to your cycling route, which leads all the way to Birdoswald. Thirwall Castle (14th Century and built of Roman Stone) and the remains of the Roman river crossing at Willowford are also nearby and worth a viewing if time permits.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Ascent: 700m
After yet another hearty breakfast, time to set off on your second day’s cycling. You will cross the Pennine watershed and gradually climb out of Greenhead before a welcome descent into the South Tyne Valley down into Haltwhistle. If you‘re in need of a rest and recharge (and maybe a cake and cup of tea), there are plenty of tea shops here to take your pick from.
At Bardon Mill you head back up the South Tyne Valley to a summit at Smith’s Shield before an exhilarating descent to Vindolanda; a Roman frontier military and civilian site, and a must for those in search of Roman history and culture. Dating back to just before the Wall was constructed, the 2,000 writing tablets (discovered just 30 years ago) form the earliest archive of written material in British history and are matched by similar tablets from the Eastern Frontier; it’s a sort of 360-degree view of empire life. A slight detour towards Housesteads provides outstanding views over Vindolanda and classic Hadrian’s Wall scenery. A cheeky climb takes you to Crindledykes, the highest point of the route (263 metres above sea level). You then drop towards Fourstones before passing through the market town of Hexham, towards the garrison town of Corbridge and your accommodation for the night…don’t worry you’ll be more comfortable than the Roman soldiers were!!
- Meals: Breakfast
- Ascent: 450m
With all the major climbs behind you, the route begins to follow the valley floor towards Prudhoe. Passing through the pretty villages of Ovingham and Wylam, passing Robert Stephenson’s Cottage and then crossing the River Tyne twice, you will cycle along an old wagonway towards Newcastle following the banks of the Tyne. You will take in views of the famous bridges across the river, including the “blinking eye” Millennium Bridge, with the imposing Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art dominating the skyline. The Cycle Hub is situated just after this and the perfect place for a well-earned cuppa and a slice of delicious homemade cake. It’s dedicated to the cyclist and also the home of Saddle Skedaddle so why not come and say hello? Not far to go now as you head into the heart of the shipbuilding area of the Tyne. On passing Wallsend – literally the “Wall’s end“, keep an eye out for Segedunum Roman Fort Museum if you fancy a little more Roman history to end your Hadrian’s Wall experience. Continuing along close to the river we soon reach the North Shields Fish Quay, where you’ll find a bustling little harbour and be able to sample some of the finest fish and chips in the North-East! You are now at the mouth of the Tyne and a few more pedal turns lead to your final destination, Tynemouth. Time to celebrate your achievement, before we whisk you back to Newcastle.
Hadrian’s Cycleway runs mainly on country lanes and quiet roads, interspersed with sections of traffic-free path, promenade and riverside path. The coastal sections at either end of the route are relatively flat, but there are a few steep, short hills in the central section.
The majority of the route is paved, with a couple of short sections on hard-packed gravel. A hybrid bike is recommended, but a road bike fitted with touring tyres is also suitable when ridden with a little extra care.
Leisure Cycling Grade
Distances generally between 20-45 miles / 32-72 kms per day
For the leisure cyclist with a good level of physical fitness
May include some steeper, cheeky climbs and 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?
Although you may not cycle everyday, you do keep yourself relatively fit and maybe enjoy an afternoon out on your bike at the weekend. Your preference is perhaps for flatter terrain but you don’t mind tackling some hills, and the occasional steep climb if you can take it at your own pace. For those happy to tackle some ups and downs, and possibly some sections of varying terrain (eg. forest tracks, gravel paths etc) we’d recommend our grade 3 trips. We’d generally expect those on a Grade 3 holiday to have a decent level of physical fitness and be comfortable with some longer days in the saddle.
Dates & Prices
Daily departures available from April to 25 October, choose your own dates from £455 per person, just give us a call to check availability.
The season prices below are applicable for all start dates between and inclusive of the stated dates.
Season 1 01 Apr – 30 Sep: £455 per person.
Season 2 01 Oct – 25 Oct: £485 per person.
Season 1 01 Apr – 14 Oct: £455 per person.
Alternatively for a great value holiday choose one of our scheduled weekend departures below.
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
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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Sue, HampshireFriendly but efficient..
This was a really good short cycling break. Beautiful countryside, interesting history, cycling just enough to make you feel exercised but not exhausted. From my initial enquiry to our pick up at the end, the service was excellent. Friendly but efficient. Anna and Alison in the office were really helpful and accessible.
The combination of e-bike and hybrid bike worked really well. Libby, as a infrequent cyclist, really enjoyed the days on the e-bike. For me the challenge / exercise on the hybrid was perfect. The app also worked really, really well!
I found all the hotels/B&Bs well set up, I felt very safe. The transfers were excellent also.
Tracey, LincolnshireThe whole experience was brilliant...
We had a fantastic time! It was our first self-guided cycling holiday and the whole experience was brilliant and extremely well organised. All the accommodation was excellent. The attention to detail and the cleanliness and comfort of the two B&Bs was outstanding. We enjoyed all the days equally but for different reasons!
Rosa, CheshireA fantastic holiday we will never forget...
My husband and I had the most fantastic time and made some incredible memories, I really cannot thank you enough.
The organisation was superb, everything went like clockwork. Your notes were detailed and there was no chance we could get lost! The advice was all spot on. Finding somewhere to eat in the evening was easy thanks to the information we were given. Steve in particular was really friendly and super helpful.
My husband and I are already dreaming of our next adventure and I will be looking forward receiving ideas in your newsletter.
Thank you again for a fantastic holiday we will never forget
Sue, NorthumberlandIt was great.
Our Skedaddle representative was very helpful and accommodating and the daily information was excellent and cannot be faulted at all. All 3 days were so enjoyable, the route gave us a nice gentle warm up, with lovely views and by day 2 we were ready for the hills. Most of the time the roads are quiet and all easy to navigate. The holiday went too fast, but we were all pleased with ourselves to manage the route – it was great.
Stuart, LincolnshireNo question was too much trouble...
Everyone was knowledgeable and very attentive to our needs, no question was too much trouble and every request was met with enthusiasm and a ‘can do’ approach.
The combination of map and app kept us on the route and took away any pressure that we might get lost!
Lisa, FranceVery Good...
Day three was a pleasant ride, the first two days contained the best scenery. I think the team and the service are great; I would recommend Skedaddle to a friend wanting to cycle in the UK in a minute.
Paul, North ShieldsReally excellent holiday...
We were planning our next Skedaddle trip within 3 hours of finishing this one! We had a great time.
Julie, ChesterfieldSpot on!
Steve and Peter who provided our transport and they were both very helpful and knowledgeable! The road directions were spot on too.