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Northumberland Coast

Self-Guided Leisure Cycling Holiday

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

3 days

Prices from

£350 P.P.
United Kingdom

Northumberland Coast

Self-Guided Leisure Cycling Holiday

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

3 days

Prices from

£350 P.P.
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A unique cycling holiday in the UK along Northumberland’s stunning coastline, cycling past impressive castles and fortresses dating back to the Middle Ages. Our cycling holiday begins at the quaint village of Warkworth where the route travels northwards alongside the wide sandy beaches and dunes of Embleton, Newton-by-the-Sea and Bamburgh. You can then cross the tidal causeway (check the tide times!) to the historic Holy Island otherwise known as Lindisfarne, the place where the 8th Century Lindisfane Gospels were created. 
This cycling holiday includes stunning views of the impressive castles of Dunstanburgh, Bamburgh, and Lindisfarne.  The route then continues North to finish at the Elizabethan border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, with its impressive defenses built during many years of border wars.  From Berwick-upon-Tweed we'll whisk you back to your car in Warkworth, or you can catch the train home from here. 
This self-guided trip is for a minimum of 2 people and accommodation, transfers, 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!
Create your own - If you are looking for extra days, extra routes, additional transfers, specialist bicycles on this route, then please contact the Skedaddle Office to discuss the available options.
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Holiday Highlights

  • 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

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Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival into Warkworth
Non Cycling Day

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.

Day 2
Warkworth to Bamburgh
27 Miles / 43 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 400m

Unless we met you at the station on the arrival day, our Skedaddle representative will meet you in this morning and will provide you with your hire bikes (if hiring), an Information Pack including route notes, maps and additional information for your trip. 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 our explorations our night stop is in Bamburgh, with time to relax and swap stories about today’s ride and sights.

Day 3
Bamburgh to Berwick-upon-Tweed
25 Miles / 40 Kms Approx
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 400m

After a hearty breakfast we head for Berwick-upon-Tweed. On today’s menu is a visit to the holy island of Lindisfarne. The island is only accessible by a causeway, which is open only when the tide is out. Hence the timing of our visit to the island is dependent on the tides but it’s well worth the trip.

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.

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The Cycling

Terrain

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.

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Leisure Cycling Grade

1
2
3
4
5
Grade 2: Gentle

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!

For more information about our grading system click here.

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.

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Dates & Prices

From April to mid September you choose your start date. Just give us a call or drop us an e mail to check availability.

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Duration
3 days
Price
£350.00

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 travelling by car your destination is Warkworth where you will be able to leave your car at or near the accommodation for the duration of the trip. At the end of the trip we will collect you and return you to your car. If travelling by train we ask that you arrive into Alnmouth train station, where we will arrange to meet you and transfer you to your accommodation, and depart from Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Please contact us for more detailed information on the specific schedules that we recommend for your holiday and check with us before booking your travel so that we can ensure it fits with the trip schedule.

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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