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Highlights of Hadrian's Cycleway

Self-Guided Family Cycling Holiday




3 days

Prices from

£355 P.P.
Child Discount Applies
Hadrian’s Wall country is quite simply a cyclist’s paradise with its stunning landscapes and sense of history, from the bloody border feuds of the Border Reivers to being home to Europe’s largest surviving Roman monument, Hadrian’s Wall. Built in AD122 under the orders of Emperor Hadrian, the wall stretched for 73 miles between the tidal Tyne at Newcastle in the East to the Solway Firth in the West, and was successful in controlling the northern frontier of the Roman Empire. In 1987 Hadrian’s Wall was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is the most protected landscape anywhere in the United Kingdom and ranks alongside the pyramids in Egypt and the Taj Mahal in India.
This perfect family friendly short break takes in key sections of the Hadrian's Cycleway exploring the best this World Heritage Site has to offer. This wonderful mellow 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, the route takes in some of the most beautiful parts of England and skirts a number of fascinating Roman sites including Birdoswald Fort, Walltown Quarry, Great Chesters Fort, Vindolanda and Corstopitum at Corbridge.
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!
Looking for a family cycling holiday in the UK suitable for the leisure cyclist and families on quiet roads, traffic free paths and National Cycle Network routes? Then the Highlights of Hadrian's Cycleway is the holiday for you. We also offer a 4 or 6 day version covering the whole of the Hadrian's Cycleway from Bowness-on-Solway in the West to Tynemouth in the East and it and can also be done as a 4 day supported trip - contact us for details.

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
  • Checking out the Roman Army Museum
  • Following in the footsteps of the Roman Empire
  • Corbridge and sinking a well-deserved pint of local ale – It’s not all about the kids you know!!

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An enjoyable trip with great support!

Yat, Singapore


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
Banks to Twice Brewed
18 Miles / 29 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 500m

After a hearty breakfast, you will be met by our Skedaddle representative at your accommodation in Newcastle who will provide you with your hire bikes (if hiring), an Information Pack including route notes, maps and additional information for your trip. They will then transfer you to the start of your cycle ride at Banks, with its stunning views. Your cycling today takes you onto your first uphill section of the ride and goes directly past Birdoswald Roman Fort which stands high above a bend in the River Irthing, in one of the most picturesque settings on Hadrian’s Wall. A Roman fort, turret and milecastle can all be seen on this excellent stretch of the Wall. With probably the best preserved defences of any Wall fort, this was an important base for some 1,000 Roman soldiers, succeeding an earlier fort of turf and timber. Passing the ruins of the 14th century Thirwall Castle, (built out of stone plundered from the wall), you will cross the Pennine watershed and gradually climb out of Greenhead before a welcome descent begins into the South Tyne Valley down into Haltwhistle. At Bardon Mill you head back up the South Tyne Valley to a summit at Smith’s Shield, before arriving at your accomodation at Twice Brewed.

If time permits, Vindolanda is only a short ride away from your accommodation. Vindolanda was 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 a mere 30 years ago) form the earliest archive of written material in British history and are matched by similar tablets from the Eastern Frontier and can be seen in the museum.

Why not add a rest day so that you can explore this wonderful part of Hadrian’s Wall at your leisure? The Roman Army Museum, Steel Rigg, Sycamore Gap, Housesteads and Vindolanda are all within easy reach of your accommodation and well worth a visit.

Day 3
Twice Brewed to Corbridge
18 Miles / 29 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 300m

A day of quite a few ups and downs and so make sure you all have a hearty breakfast! You start your day with an exhilarating descent to Vindolanda followed by a cheeky climb that takes you to Crindledykes, the highest point of the route (263 metres above sea level). You then drop towards Fourstones before passing through the market town of Hexham, towards the garrison town of Corbridge.

Corbridge has a rich Roman heritage – the invaders regarded the town as strategically important since it served as a garrison town for the central section of Hadrian’s Wall and was also a River Tyne crossing place. On the outskirts of the village, you can see the remains of the Roman version of Corbridge, which they called Corstopitum. The extensively excavated remains include a fountain house with an aqueduct, a pair of granaries, and walled military compounds containing barracks, temples, houses and a headquarters building with a below ground strongroom.

In the thirteenth century Corbridge was second only to Newcastle in wealth and its citizens were heavily taxed to help pay for Edward I’s Scottish wars and its medieval street plan is much the same today. As far back as 1827 Corbridge was a place renowned for its small shops and several of the decorated fronts still survive. Today Corbridge is still known for its quaintness and unique boutique shops and is an ideal base to explore the beauty of Northumberland.

You will then be met by our representative and transferred back to your car in Newcastle or Newcastle train station as appropriate. If you would like to add an extra night in Corbridge, no problem! Just let us know at time of booking.

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The Cycling


The Hadrian’s Explorer runs mainly on country lanes and quiet roads, interspersed with sections of traffic-free and riverside paths. There are a few steep, short hills during the trip within the grading for this particular cycling trip.


Family Cycling Grade

Grade 1 - 2 : Easy/Gentle

Aspects of both our grade 1 and 2 holidays

Suitable for those looking for a relaxed ride

Occasional ups and downs

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 1-2, will have aspects of both our grade 1 and grade 2 holidays. These tours are still suitable for those looking for an accessible cycling holiday with manageable daily distances, along predominately flat terrain, however there will be some days / sections where we’d expect you to be up for a slightly cheeky challenge. It might be that the distances are a little longer on some days or that the terrain is slightly more undulating, but the rides are still relaxed and manageable for families who are generally fit and healthy.

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We felt we had time to go round all the museums without the pressure of getting to the hotel. And the cycling was really fun!

Emma, London

Dates & Prices

Daily departures available from April to mid October. Choose your own dates from:

2022 £335 per person

2023 £375 per person

Just give us a call to check availability.

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.

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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 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.


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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