- The well preserved Hadrian’s Wall forts of Birdoswald and Vindolanda
- The rugged beauty of the North Pennines
- The picturesque market town of Corbridge
- The view down the Tyne as you arrive into Newcastle
- The sense of achievement having ridden from coast to coast
- Following in the footsteps of the Roman Empire
A very well organised trip from the pick up at the train station to the final return drop off, every thing was taken care of during the ride. All of this takes away the hassle and contributes to a more relaxing cycling holiday.
With its excellent road, rail and air connections getting to Newcastle is easy. From Newcastle we transfer by minibus to our first night’s accommodation in Silloth. For those arriving by car, you will be able to leave your vehicle in Newcastle for the duration of the trip at no additional cost.
We aim to leave Newcastle by no later than 4pm today, for the transfer to Silloth on the Cumbrian coast where we will spend the night. There will be an opportunity to meet the rest of your group over a meal and a drink, and the Tour Leader will have a chat with everyone about what to expect for the next few days.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch
- Ascent: 430 Metres Approx.
No need to check out of our hotel this morning as we’ll be riding back to Silloth today. After breakfast we’ll set off by minibus to one of the most popular destinations on the Cumbrian coast, the historic village of St Bees, which is the starting point for another coast to coast journey, the famous Wainwright Coast to Coast Walk. Naturally it’s uphill as we leave the coast behind, though we’ll be back to enjoy views of the Irish sea in no time. The few climbs today are over quickly, and the majority of the ride is fairly flat, coastal riding, taking in the old fishing harbours of Whitehaven and Maryport, salt pans, and a roman fortlet, before finishing our first ride back into the old holiday resort of Silloth with its wide cobbled streets and seaside promenade.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch
- Ascent: 460 Metres Approx.
Today’s distance is balanced out by its gentle gradient, with only a few cheeky climbs to deal with in the last few miles. After a hearty breakfast, we start out by deviating slightly from the official route, taking in the lovely coastal road to Skinburness. Picking up the official route once more we continue around the southern side of the Solway Firth which is within a National Landscape, offering breathtaking views of Scotland. The area is also a haven for wildlife, so keep an eye out for rare wildfowl during this first part of the trip.
From Bowness-on-Solway the riding is gentle with a flat ride by the banks of the 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. From here the route gently undulates towards Warwick Bridge and this section along the river is very picturesque – so cameras at the ready! A few climbs lie ahead to finish the day, a taste of things to come as we enter rolling countryside of the North Pennines. We’ll overnight in the market town of Brampton, looking forward to visiting some of the most popular Roman sites in the days ahead.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch
- Ascent: 500 Metres Approx.
Today’s ride takes us first to Lanercost, with its impressive priory. We then continue on to a nice uphill section towards Banks with its superb viewpoint before heading downhill to Gilsland. 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 stone plundered from the wall) and the remains of the Roman river crossing at Willowford are also nearby and worth a viewing if time permits.
We continue on, crossing the Pennine watershed and climbing steeply out of Greenhead before a welcome descent through the South Tyne Valley into Haltwhistle. At Bardon Mill we head back up the South Tyne Valley to a summit at Smith’s Shield, before a brief dip and rising a bit further to our overnight stop at Twice Brewed, passing The Sill (National Landscape Discovery Centre) on the way. Twice Brewed is a great base for some exploration with a fantastic local brewery, and accessible walks to the wall and Sycamore Gap (though sadly now without its iconic tree).
For those with a bit more in their legs (or a shuttle in the van), Housesteads Roman Fort (Vercovicium) and nearby Visitors Centre are fascinating popular sites run by English Heritage offering panoramic views and insights into the lives of Roman soldiers garrisoned here.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch
- Ascent: 300 Metres Approx.
After breakfast, we start the day with a nice 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. We have purposefully planned in time today to explore fascinating history and see the artifacts, ruins and natural scenery without feeling rushed.
After Vindolanda, a cheeky climb takes you to Crindledykes, the highest point of the route (263 metres above sea level). You’ll then pass through the market town of Hexham, towards the garrison town of Corbridge and your accommodation for the evening. There is plenty to see in Corbridge, with quaint shops and tearooms alongside its Roman history.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch
- Ascent: 350 Metres Approx.
With all the major climbs behind us we begin to follow the valley floor towards Prudhoe. We cycle through the pretty villages of Ovingham and Wylam, passing George Stevenson’s Cottage, and then crossing the River Tyne twice, and along an old wagonway towards Newcastle following the banks of the Tyne. We pass through Newcastle taking in views of the famous bridges including the “blinking eye” Millennium Bridge, with the imposing Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts dominating the skyline. Not far to go now as we head into the heart of the ship building area of the Tyne. On passing Wallsend – literally the Wall’s end, keep an eye out for Segedunum Roman Fort Museum here – 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. You are now at the very mouth of the Tyne and a few more pedal turns lead to your final destination, Tynemouth. Time to celebrate your achievement before the Skedaddle support vehicle whisks 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 paths. 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.
It is possible to use an e-bike on this holiday. Although there are no significant climbs or long passes on the route, an e-bike could be beneficial to get you up some of the short, steep climbs if you are after a bit of a boost. Similarly, if you are wanting to spend more time exploring the towns and villages along the way, then an e-bike is a great idea to cover the miles a little quicker. Please note, e-bikes are generally heavier than standard bikes, so this is worth considering when handling the bike over any rough / uneven terrain.
For more information about riding an electric bike on our holidays please click here
Hadrian’s Cycleway uses a part of the National Cycle Network, a route from the charity, Sustrans, who are working to make it easier for everyone to cycle in the UK. Skedaddle will donate to Sustrans for every mile that you and others ride on this route with us. If you fancy donating more to Sustrans, you can choose to make your own donation for the development of the National Cycle Network when you make a booking with us.
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.
For more information about the grading of this holiday in particular, please check out the terrain section which will give you some specifics of what to expect on this tour.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Skedaddle to friends. The organisation of the trip from start to finish was excellent.
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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) Access to the Skedaddle App for holiday information
E) GPX files available upon request
F) Scheduled transfers on arrival and departure days
G) Financial Protection through ABTOT
What's not Included
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
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.
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Katherine, North YorkshireI wouldn't hesitate to recommend Skedaddle to friends!
Les was an excellent guide. He was professional, friendly and very organised. His detailed explanations each day of our route were very helpful and nothing was too much trouble. We would be delighted if he was our guide on any future trips.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Skedaddle to friends. The organisation of the trip from start to finish was excellent. Having next to no cycling experience and never having done a cycling holiday before I was apprehensive and unsure whether this would be for me. I needn’t have worried I enjoyed the experience and am already looking forward to next years trip.
David, LiverpoolExcellent guide!
A very well organised trip from the pick up at the train station to the final retun drop off, every thing was taken care of during the ride. All of this takes away the hassle and contributes to a more relaxing cycling holiday.
Les was a great guide a very hospitable host he could not do enough for us. A credit to your company that you have someone as good as him working for you!
Catherine, DundeeI thoroughly enjoyed it!
This is my second trip with Skedaddle and once again I thoroughly enjoyed it. The grading system is a fair representation of the level you need to be at with your cycling and this trip was definitely the right level for me!
This is a great trip for anyone who wants to experience a Coast to Coast cycle ride without the challenges of the better known C2C. The scenery may be a little less dramatic but there’s still plenty of beautiful countryside to cycle through and I would recommend this trip to anyone thinking of giving a cycling holiday a go who’s maybe not that confident of their fitness.
Holly, PennsylvaniaVery good trip...
The daily lunch prepared by the guide on the supported trip on Hadrian’s were excellent. Lots of variety and healthy options! The weather cooperated with mostly sunny skies and we had a chance to ride up to the highest point on Hadrian’s where the views were spectacular! The long and fast downhill after going through the Village of Vindolanda was a lot of fun too.
William, EdinburghWould use Skedaddle again in a heartbeat...
Again, a very enjoyable holiday – good company and effortlessly well organised.
Will definitely be back next year, possibly more than once!
Sujata, KentThe guides went the extra mile...
Just wanted to say how much I appreciate the care and support provided to me and the boys over the tour. John and Andy spent so much time with me and were so patient and encouraging!
Julia, DoncasterAn amazing time...
Everything was so well organised – food, accommodation and routes. The riding was brilliant and in fantastic company. Thanks you for a great holiday – I am looking forward to my next trip with you already!
Sandra, UKSkedaddle offers a personal touch...
Great way to enjoy cycling / walking – in a group of friendly and like-minded people.
Already looking what else Skedaddle has on offer!
Denise, LancashireExcellent value for money...
There was just the right mix of ‘relaxed organisation‘. Before the trip we were always able to speak to someone about even the smallest query. The tour leader provided great support for those riders who needed encouragement and confidence boosting.
Sue, DerbyshireImpressed by Skedaddle at every point...
The bike provided was far superior than mine and lovely to know it was in good working order and all the hassle of transporting it taken care of. I appreciated the subtle direction by Skedaddle towards a slightly easier cycling holiday, given my age and lack of experience.
The lunches provided were almost a work of art! Very nicely presented with a good range of food; tasty, nutritious and well judged.
I enjoyed every minute of the cycling. I felt safe on the road and my confidence grew considerably over the 3 days. The breaks and route were clearly very well designed.