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Northumberland Coast & Country

Self-Guided Leisure Cycling Holiday

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Duration

6 days

Prices from

£775 P.P.
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A unique circular cycling holiday in the UK taking in Northumberland’s stunning coastline and beautiful countryside, cycling past impressive castles and fortresses dating back to the Middle Ages.
Starting at the quaint village of Warkworth the route travels northwards with views over 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 where the 8th Century Lindisfarne Gospels were created. The journey continues to the border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed with its Elizabethan Town Walls and impressive defences built during many years of border wars.
From Berwick-upon-Tweed the route turns inland and you'll cycle past Norham Castle and the Ford & Etal Estate with its many attractions and onto the small market town of Wooler with it's collection of small shops and pubs.
The final stretch sees you cycle through lovely countryside with the Cheviot hills rising in the background and onto Alnwick with its world famous castle, thanks to Harry Potter, and award winning gardens before finishing back in Warkworth.
On the final day, there's an optional loop ride south to Druridge Bay to savour another of Northumberland's beautiful beaches. Riding along the coastal road you'll pass by numerous nature reserves and protected wetlands which back on to a seven mile stretch of golden sands and create a quiet haven for birdlife, including many rare species. 
This self-guided trip is for a minimum of 2 people and accommodation, transfers, luggage transfers and emergency back up are all included. With access to the Skedaddle App, you'll be able to navigate the route with ease. Nothing could be simpler!
 
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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 and lush green countryside
  • The majestic castles of Dustanburgh, Bamburgh and Alnwick
  • The historic town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, England’s most Northern town
  • The market town of Wooler, Gateway to the Cheviots

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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: 330 Metres Approx.

Today you will 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.

Day 3
Bamburgh to Berwick-upon-Tweed
25 Miles / 40 Kms Approx
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 390 Metres Approx.

After a hearty breakfast you leave Bamburgh and head for the Elizabethan border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed. If tide and time allow, it is well worth taking the additional 7 mile detour to visit Holy Island otherwise known as Lindisfarne with its sweeping beaches and dunes, castle and priory and the winery where they still make the world famous Lindisfarne mead. It is also a key site in early Christianity and the place where the Lindisfarne Gospels were created in the 8th century. 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.

The remaining journey follows the picturesque coastline to Berwick-upon-Tweed and its dramatic array of bridges and famous fortified walls, which are certainly well worth a visit before retiring to your accommodation for the evening.

Day 4
Berwick-upon-Tweed to Wooler
29 Miles / 47 Kms Approx
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 430 Metres Approx.

Today you leave Berwick-upon-Tweed and the beautiful coastline and head inland, cycling past the 12th century Norham Castle, which is one of the great English strongholds along the river Tweed, before arriving at Ford & Etal Estate with its many fascinating heritage attractions. This working Estate has been in the Joicey family for over 100 years and should you wish, you can ride a steam train, stroke a heavy horse, learn how the power of water is harnessed to produce flour, or discover a Victorian schoolroom with walls covered in huge Pre-Raphaelite paintings. The route then takes you through lush green countryside ending at the small market town of Wooler with it’s collection of small shops and pubs and of course, your accommodation for the evening.

Day 5
Wooler to Warkworth via Alnwick
28 Miles / 45 Kms Approx
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 570 Metres Approx.

Today’s ride starts with a short section of the NCN68 out of Wooler with the majestic Cheviot Hills dominating the surrounding countryside. After the ford crossing at Haugh Head it’s a steady climb up to Lilburn Hill before descending to Chillingham Castle, purported to be the most haunted castle in England! Following quiet country roads you will pass through Old Bewick, Harehope Hall, and Eglingham before reaching the historic town of Alnwick. With it’s famous castle and Gardens, Alnwick is well worth a visit and has many little shops and cafes for any much needed refreshments. Why not try the Potting Shed at the quirky Alnwick Garden Treehouse for hot drinks and artisan treats. On leaving Alnwick you will join the purpose built walking and cycling route which runs alongside the Aln Valley Heritage railway part way to Alnmouth. You will then pick up the NCN 1 back to your accommodation in Warkworth.

Day 6
Optional Loop Ride - Warkworth to Druridge Bay
31 miles / 50 Kms Approx
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 350 Metres Approx.

Today before heading home, you have the choice of an optional loop ride where you will experience another side of Northumberland. You will still get to enjoy some of the rich medieval history, but the landscape on today’s ride is also shaped by more recent activity – coal mining.

Our final ride takes us south, where we ride through Amble and along the spectacular and peaceful Druridge Bay. Druridge is a seven mile stretch of beach and sand dunes, and is today part of the national heritage coast. This area consists of land reclaimed from a large opencast mine which once dominated the countryside and the lives of local people. A number of the former mines have been restored by Northumberland Wildlife Trust into wetland nature reserves and support many rare species of migrating birds alongside the resident red squirrels and otters. After a good stretch of coast and nature reserves our route then takes us inland through the villages of Widdrington, Stobswood, Acklington and Guyzance before looping round back to Warkworth and your departure home.

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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.

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Leisure Cycling Grade

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Grade 2-3: Gentle/Moderate

Aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 holidays

Suitable for those looking for some cycle friendly routes

Features some modest climbs

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?

Holidays that are graded as a 2-3, will have aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 holidays. These tours are still suitable for those perhaps who have recently got into cycling, and offer an array of accessible, cycle friendly routes, cycle paths and quiet roads, however there will be some days / sections where you may have to tackle some ups and downs, the occasional steeper climb and perhaps some varying terrain (forest tracks, gravel paths etc). Suitable for those with a decent level of physical fitness, looking for some leisurely rides with occasional (achievable!) challenges along the way.

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Dates & Prices

Daily departures from April to end of September, call us about October.

SPECIAL 2023 OFFER! Book now and make savings on our Northumberland Coast and Country holiday. Please quote code EM2023 at the time of booking your trip to get 5% off. *T&Cs apply, offer ends 31/01/2023.

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Whats Included Tick

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 Cross

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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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. Please note that this will involve on-street parking and vehicles are left at owners risk.

If travelling by train and bringing your own bikes we ask that you arrive and depart Alnmouth train station, where we will arrange to meet you and transfer you to your accommodation in Warkworth. You will need to make your own arrangements to get back to Alnmouth station from Warkworth and we can provide a taxi contact number upon request. If departing by train and hiring bikes our representative will meet you in Warkworth at 16:00 to collect your hire bikes and transfer you to Alnmouth train station. Please do not book return trains before 18:00.

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

Accommodation

In the UK we use good quality 3 or 4 star hotels, B&Bs, inns and family-run guesthouses that are cycle friendly, located close to the cycling route and showcase the style and hospitality of the area you are visiting.

Where possible we prioritise locally owned businesses and those offering locally sourced food, drink and speciality products. This all promotes sustainability in-line with our responsible travel policy.

All our UK trips are operated on a double/twin-share basis. Single occupancy rooms can be provided for a supplement and are subject to availability at the time of booking.

Bike Hire

If you would like to rent a bike we have both hybrid and electric bikes available.

The hybrid bikes are generally Giant Roam or Liv Rove with a wide gear range, semi-slick tyres, disc brakes and a relaxed riding position.

Our electric bikes are generally Giant E+ Disc brake, pedal assist bikes with batteries suitable for the daily distances on this holiday. E-bikes come with step through frames as standard but some cross bar frames are available if preferred. Please let us know if you have a preference.

Panniers are provided with all our rental bikes along with an emergency repair kit including a spare innertube, bike pump and bike lock. We are also able to provide helmets, if you’d like one to be provided, please request this at the time of booking.

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