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Hadrian's Cycleway (4 days cycling)

Self-Guided Family Cycling Holiday

Grade

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Duration

5 days

Prices from

£575 P.P.
Child Discount Applies
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Utilising the National Cycle Network, this cycling holiday in the UK travels along the northern boundary of the Roman Empire, starting and finishing at either end of Hadrian’s Wall. This wonderful cycling break follows in the footsteps of Roman soldiers, allowing you to experience some of the rich heritage that Cumbria and Northumberland have to offer.
From cycling in open hill country, through peaceful river valleys and finishing at the North Sea at Tynemouth, the route passes through some of the most beautiful parts of England and skirts a number of fascinating Roman sites including Birdoswald Fort, Walltown Quarry, Great Chesters Fort and Vindolanda.
After arriving into Newcastle you'll spend the first night in this vibrant city before we transfer you to Bowness-on-Solway and the start of your ride which ends 100 miles later in Tynemouth, where we will meet you and transfer you back to Newcastle for your onward journey home.
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!
If you’re looking for a cycling holiday on quiet roads, traffic free paths and National Cycle Network routes - then Hadrian's Cycleway is the holiday for you!
You can also do this route over 3 or 6 days of cycling, as well as a supported 3 day trip. For an even more challenging trip with longer daily distances, talk to us about our 2 day version. If you're interested in doing this holiday with children, then check out the family version where kid's discounts may be available. 

Holiday Highlights

  • Cycling next to Hadrian’s Wall near Birdoswald
  • Seeing a live archaeological dig at Vindolanda
  • Beating your parents up one of the cheeky Skedaddle climbs
  • Corbridge and sinking a well-deserved pint of local ale – It’s not all about the kids you know!!
  • Seeing who’ll be the first to spot the ‘Blinking Eye’ bridge in Newcastle
  • Ice cream in Tynemouth and the sense of achievement having ridden from coast to coast as a family

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Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival into Newcastle
Non Cycling Day

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 (supplement payable), 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.

Day 2
Bowness-on-Solway to Brampton
28 Miles / 45 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 500 Metres Approx.

After a hearty breakfast, you will be met by our Skedaddle representative at your accommodation in Newcastle who will provide you with your rental bikes (if renting) and an info 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 sits on the stunning Solway Firth AONB (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.

Your 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!

Your destination for today will be Brampton, your home for the evening.

Day 3
Brampton to Twice Brewed
22 Miles / 35 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 650 Metres Approx.

Your cycling today starts with a short roller coaster of a ride that takes you past Lanercost, with its impressive priory and onto your first uphill section of the day towards Gilsland. Just before Birdoswald Roman Fort, there is a superb section of the wall, right next to the cycling route, which leads all the way to Birdoswald. Thirwall Castle (14th Century and built of Roman stone plundered from the wall) and the remains of the Roman river crossing at Willowford are also nearby and worth visiting if time permits.

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 valley to the summit at Smith’s Shield, which will bring you to your accommodation at Twice Brewed.

Day 4
Twice Brewed to Corbridge
19 Miles / 31 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 300 Metres Approx.

After breakfast, you’ll start your day with 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’ll then pass through the market town of Hexham, towards the garrison town of Corbridge and your accommodation for the evening.

Day 5
Corbridge to Tynemouth
32 Miles / 52 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 450 Metres Approx.

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.

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The Cycling

Terrain

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.

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Family 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

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 available from April to mid October

Kid’s Discounts

25% discount for children below the age of 18 who are travelling with 2 fully-paying passengers.

Additional 15% discount for children sharing a triple or family room.

Just give us a call to check availability.

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5 days
Price
£575.00

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 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 you decide to drive we will provide you with full directions to the accommodation and meeting point in Newcastle. You will be able to leave your car at the accommodation for the duration of the trip (supplement payable).

If you would prefer to catch the train the most convenient station for arrival is Newcastle. You will find a taxi directly outside of the train station and the journey to the first hotel is only 5-10 minutes.

The nearest airport is Newcastle International (NCL) and it’s a 30 minute Metro ride to Newcastle train station.

Please check with Skedaddle before making any travel arrangements so we can ensure they fit in with the holiday schedule.

Accommodation

In the UK we use small, good quality family friendly B&B accommodation or small hotels and Inns. Our trips are operated on a twin share basis with some accommodation providing large family rooms (subject to availability).

Bike Hire

If you would like to rent a bike we have both hybrid and electric bikes (for adults only) available. 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 2 E+2 Disc pedal assist bikes with 300Wh batteries. Both models of bikes come with either a standard cross bar or step through frame. Please let us know if you have a preference

We have a number of trailers / bikes suitable for children including:

  • Baby and child seats (12mths to 5 years)
  • Child Trailers (12mths to 5 years)
  • Tag-along (4 years to 9 years)
  • Childrens’ bikes – 20inch / 24 inch wheels (7 to 11 years)

Helmets and Skedaddle water bottles are provided with all our hire bikes along with an emergency repair kit including a spare innertube, bike pump and bike lock. Panniers are provided with adult bikes.

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