- The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
- Lindisfarne with its castle and priory
- Mile upon mile of golden dunes and sandy beaches
- The pretty fishing villages North of Warkworth
- The majestic castles of Dunstanburgh and Bamburgh
- The historic town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, England’s most Northern town
The start point for this beautiful cycling break is the picturesque village of Warkworth with its stunning 12th Century castle. With a station on the east coast mainline at Alnmouth, Warkworth is easily accessed by train. We will arrange to meet you at the train station and transfer you to your accommodation. Alternatively you can drive to Warkworth, and you will be able to leave your car at or near your accommodation for the duration of the trip. Our accommodation will be one of the local Coaching Inns or B&B’s and for those who arrive early evening you can stroll along the beach. There are several places to choose to eat, and a choice of pubs.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Ascent: 400 Metres Approx.
Unless we met you at the station on your arrival day, our Skedaddle representative will meet you in this morning and provide you with your rental bikes (if renting) and your map, and chat you through how to use the Skedaddle App.
You will then cycle North from Warkworth along the cycle path to Alnmouth and then following the coast to the village of Bamburgh. Riding along minor roads and cycle tracks, the route follows the fabulous Northumberland coast. As well as the relaxing cycling and great views there are two fabulous castles en-route: the 12th Century Dunstanburgh Castle, followed some 13 miles later by the impressive Bamburgh Castle. There are the wide sandy beaches of Embleton, Newton-by-the-Sea and Bamburgh and as befits this tour, you will have plenty of time to relax and explore the sites along the way.
A small detour off the main route allows a visit to Low Newton-by-the Sea with its beautiful view, beach and The Ship Inn famous for it’s crab sandwiches and an ideal place for lunch. After your explorations your night stop is in Bamburgh, with time to relax and swap stories about today’s ride and sights.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Ascent: 400 Metres Approx.
After a hearty breakfast you head for Berwick-upon-Tweed. On today’s menu, if tide and time allow, it is well worth taking the additional 7 mile detour to visit the holy island of Lindisfarne. The island is only accessible by a causeway so your visit is highly dependent on the tide and should only be crossed during the safe crossing times.
You can explore the castle and the priory before returning safely to the mainland. Depending on tide times you could take lunch either on the island or when you get back on the mainland. The remaining journey follows the coast through to the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed on the border with Scotland. After taking in the dramatic sight of Berwick-upon-Tweed’s array of bridges and famous fortified walls, you will meet our representative to collect your luggage and hop on the train, or a transfer is available to whisk you back to your car at Warkworth.
Mixture of generally flat and undulating terrain on paved river and seaside promenades, minor urban roads, quiet lanes and purpose built Cycleways. 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. 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.
Leisure Cycling Grade
Distances generally between 15-30 miles / 24-48 kms per day
For those looking for an easy-going route
Mainly on the flat
Some undulations and the odd cheeky challenge
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!
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Is this suitable for you?
Maybe you have recently got into cycling and would like to do more over consecutive days, or maybe you‘re looking for a more energetic alternative to your usual holiday? If you‘re looking for an opportunity to try some quiet roads, cycle paths or some accessible, cycle friendly routes these holidays might be for you. You’ll come across some gently undulating terrain and the odd cheeky challenge, so we’d generally expect those on a Grade 2 holiday to ride their bikes relatively frequently at home, perhaps commuting to work or heading out for some leisurely rides at the weekend.
Dates & Prices
Daily departures available from April to end of September
A) Accommodation (shared twin rooms)
B) Meals as per the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
C) Access to the Skedaddle App for holiday information and navigation
D) A printed map
E) GPX files available upon request
F) Luggage transfer service
G) Local Skedaddle representative
H) Emergency tool kit, pump etc. (if renting 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 rental (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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Gabrielle, BirminghamAlways happy to recommend Skedaddle to others.
Very good service from Skedaddle, Alison in particular, who managed to sort out all issues that arose from the group. This is the 4th time we’ve holidayed with Skedaddle and are always happy to recommend to others. Freshwater Bay Hotel was excellent. All the staff were friendly and helpful and had a ‘can do’ attitude. So many thoughtful touches e.g. fresh milk always available in mini bottles in a mini fridge. Extra towels and iron and board available on every corridor plus the snack room and food ordering system. Welcome walk and talk plus afternoon tea available on arrival helped everyone mix. Would definitely recommend. My favourite day was the day we cycled to Osborne house. Was nearly 40 miles round trip but we left early after breakfast and we were there by 11, managed to do all the main parts of house and gardens and left at 4. Slept well that night.
Susan, Greater ManchesterLoved the craziness of it all...
Both days were great in different ways. We got caught in a tremendous thunder storm on afternoon of first day. Found a pub & it had a fire burning. The landlord put mire logs on and got it going to try dry our socks and stuff (It’s June?) Second day, cycling along and people bleeped & waved that had sat with us in the pub. Then we‘re at Holy Island and we were stopped by several other people saying “We saw you two yesterday, soaked through in the pub.” Loved the craziness of it all and the interest strangers showed in our girly bike trip.