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Hadrian's Cycleway

Supported Leisure Bike Tour

Grade

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5

Duration

6 days

Prices from

$1,140 P.P.

E-BIKE HIRE AVAILABLE

This tour is well-suited to both normal bikes and pedal assist e-bikes and you can choose to hire either when you book your tour with us. Confident cyclists will enjoy the boost from a battery for those cheeky climbs, and with less effort required on the bike, you’ll have more energy at the end of the day for off-the-bike activities. You may choose to hire an e-bike on a group or supported tour but bear in mind that the pace will be set to riders without an e-bike.

United Kingdom

Hadrian's Cycleway

Supported Leisure Bike Tour

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

6 days

Prices from

$1,140 P.P.

E-BIKE HIRE AVAILABLE

This tour is well-suited to both normal bikes and pedal assist e-bikes and you can choose to hire either when you book your tour with us. Confident cyclists will enjoy the boost from a battery for those cheeky climbs, and with less effort required on the bike, you’ll have more energy at the end of the day for off-the-bike activities. You may choose to hire an e-bike on a group or supported tour but bear in mind that the pace will be set to riders without an e-bike.

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This fantastic supported cycling holiday in the UK utilises the National Cycle Network, travelling along the northern boundary of Britannia and the Roman Empire, starting at the beautiful old coastal village of St Bees on the Cumbrian Coast and finishing at the eastern end of Emperor Hadrian’s Wall.
 
During the ride you will be able to follow in the footsteps of Roman soldiers, whilst experiencing some of the rich heritage that Cumbria and Northumberland have to offer.
 
This coast to coast holiday boasts beautiful coastal views to Scotland, open hill country, peaceful river valleys, and a finish on the seafront at Tynemouth next to the Priory and nearby impressive beaches - a favourite for local surfers. You will be supported by a vehicle and driver all the way, who will provide refreshments and lunch en-route, and will carry bike spares and tools.
 
Accommodation is in well-appointed bed and breakfasts, inns or small family run hotels. Breakfasts and lunches are provided, and evening meals enjoyed in restaurants or pubs close to the accommodation.
 
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. Hadrian's Cycleway is a great cycling alternative to our ever popular C2C cycling trip, and suitable for those looking for an easier C2C option.
 
If you fancy extending your ride, take a look at our 6 day self-guided Coast and Castles option where you can continue on from Tynemouth to Edinburgh, with six more fantastic days of cycling. The Coast and Castles route takes you up the stunning Northumberland Coast, along the Tweed Valley in the Scottish Borders, and over the Moorfoot Hills into Edinburgh. Please let us know if you'd like to extend your trip!
 
Like any of our UK supported trips, Hadrian's Cycleway is also available as a private departure for groups of friends, colleagues, families or anyone else! If our standard dates don't work, or you would like a slightly altered itinerary, or you would prefer a fully supported trip just for your group please give us a call for a chat. If you're interested in doing this holiday with children, then check out the self-guided family version of this trip (Bowness-on-Solway to Tynemouth).
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Highlights

  • The well preserved Hadrian’s Wall forts of Birdoswald and Vindolanda
  • The rugged beauty of the North Pennines
  • The picturesque market town of Corbridge
  • The view down the Tyne as you arrive into Newcastle
  • The sense of achievement having ridden from coast to coast
  • Following in the footsteps of the Roman Empire

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A very well organised trip from the pick up at the train station to the final return drop off, every thing was taken care of during the ride. All of this takes away the hassle and contributes to a more relaxing cycling holiday.

David, UK

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Newcastle
Non Cycling Day

With its excellent road, rail and air connections getting to Newcastle is easy. From Newcastle we transfer by minibus to our first night’s accommodation in Silloth. For those arriving by car, you will be able to leave your vehicle in Newcastle for the duration of the trip at no additional cost.

We aim to leave Newcastle by no later than 4pm today, for the transfer to Silloth on the Cumbrian coast where we will spend the night. There will be an opportunity to meet the rest of your group over a meal and a drink, and the Tour Leader will have a chat with everyone about what to expect for the next few days.

Day 2
St Bees to Silloth
37 Miles / 59 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 430 Metres Approx.

No need to check out of our hotel this morning as we’ll be riding back to Silloth today. After breakfast we’ll set off by minibus to one of the most popular destinations on the Cumbrian coast, the historic village of St Bees, which is the starting point for another coast to coast journey, the famous Wainwright Coast to Coast Walk. Naturally it’s uphill as we leave the coast behind, though we’ll be back to enjoy views of the Irish sea in no time. The few climbs today are over quickly, and the majority of the ride is fairly flat, coastal riding, taking in the old fishing harbours of Whitehaven and Maryport, salt pans, and a roman fortlet, before finishing our first ride back into the old holiday resort of Silloth with its wide cobbled streets and seaside promenade.

Day 3
Silloth to Brampton
50 Miles / 83 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 460 Metres Approx.

Today’s distance is balanced out by its gentle gradient, with only a few cheeky climbs to deal with in the last few miles. After a hearty breakfast, we start out by deviating slightly from the official route, taking in the lovely coastal road to Skinburness. Picking up the official route once more we continue around the southern side of the Solway Firth which is within a National Landscape, offering breathtaking views of Scotland. The area is also a haven for wildlife, so keep an eye out for rare wildfowl during this first part of the trip.

From Bowness-on-Solway the riding is gentle with a flat ride by the banks of the 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. From here the route gently undulates towards Warwick Bridge and this section along the river is very picturesque – so cameras at the ready! A few climbs lie ahead to finish the day, a taste of things to come as we enter rolling countryside of the North Pennines. We’ll overnight in the market town of Brampton, looking forward to visiting some of the most popular Roman sites in the days ahead.

Day 4
Brampton to Twice Brewed
22 Miles / 36 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 500 Metres Approx.

Today’s ride takes us first to Lanercost, with its impressive priory. We then continue on to a nice uphill section towards Banks with its superb viewpoint before heading downhill to Gilsland. Just before Birdoswald Roman Fort there is a superb section of the wall, right next to your cycling route, which leads all the way to Birdoswald. Thirwall Castle (14th Century and built of stone plundered from the wall) and the remains of the Roman river crossing at Willowford are also nearby and worth a viewing if time permits.

We continue on, crossing the Pennine watershed and climbing steeply out of Greenhead before a welcome descent through the South Tyne Valley into Haltwhistle. At Bardon Mill we head back up the South Tyne Valley to a summit at Smith’s Shield, before a brief dip and rising a bit further to our overnight stop at Twice Brewed, passing The Sill (National Landscape Discovery Centre) on the way. Twice Brewed is a great base for some exploration with a fantastic local brewery, and accessible walks to the wall and Sycamore Gap (though sadly now without its iconic tree).

For those with a bit more in their legs (or a shuttle in the van), Housesteads Roman Fort (Vercovicium) and nearby Visitors Centre are fascinating popular sites run by English Heritage offering panoramic views and insights into the lives of Roman soldiers garrisoned here.

Day 5
Twice Brewed to Corbridge
19 Miles / 31 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 300 Metres Approx.

After breakfast, we start the day with a nice 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. We have purposefully planned in time today to explore fascinating history and see the artifacts, ruins and natural scenery without feeling rushed.

After Vindolanda, 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. There is plenty to see in Corbridge, with quaint shops and tearooms alongside its Roman history.

Day 6
Corbridge to Tynemouth
31 Miles / 50 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 350 Metres Approx.

With all the major climbs behind us we begin to follow the valley floor towards Prudhoe. We cycle through the pretty villages of Ovingham and Wylam, passing George Stevenson’s Cottage, and then crossing the River Tyne twice, and along an old wagonway towards Newcastle following the banks of the Tyne. We pass through Newcastle taking in views of the famous bridges including the “blinking eye” Millennium Bridge, with the imposing Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts dominating the skyline. Not far to go now as we head into the heart of the ship building area of the Tyne. On passing Wallsend – literally the Wall’s end, keep an eye out for Segedunum Roman Fort Museum here – 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. You are now at the very mouth of the Tyne and a few more pedal turns lead to your final destination, Tynemouth. Time to celebrate your achievement before the Skedaddle support vehicle whisks 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.

It is possible to use an e-bike on this holiday. Although there are no significant climbs or long passes on the route, an e-bike could be beneficial to get you up some of the short, steep climbs if you are after a bit of a boost. Similarly, if you are wanting to spend more time exploring the towns and villages along the way, then an e-bike is a great idea to cover the miles a little quicker. Please note, e-bikes are generally heavier than standard bikes, so this is worth considering when handling the bike over any rough / uneven terrain.

For more information about riding an electric bike on our holidays please click here

Hadrian’s Cycleway uses a part of the National Cycle Network, a route from the charity, Sustrans, who are working to make it easier for everyone to cycle in the UK. Skedaddle will donate to Sustrans for every mile that you and others ride on this route with us. If you fancy donating more to Sustrans, you can choose to make your own donation for the development of the National Cycle Network when you make a booking with us.

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Leisure Cycling Grade

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Grade 3 : Moderate

Distances generally between 20-45 miles / 32-72 kms per day

For the leisure cyclist with a good level of physical fitness

May include some steeper, cheeky 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?

Although you may not cycle everyday, you do keep yourself relatively fit and maybe enjoy an afternoon out on your bike at the weekend. Your preference is perhaps for flatter terrain but you don’t mind tackling some hills, and the occasional steep climb if you can take it at your own pace. For those happy to tackle some ups and downs, and possibly some sections of varying terrain (eg. forest tracks, gravel paths etc) we’d recommend our grade 3 trips. We’d generally expect those on a Grade 3 trip to have a decent level of physical fitness and be comfortable with some longer days in the saddle.

For more information about the grading of this holiday in particular, please check out the terrain section which will give you some specifics of what to expect on this tour.

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This is a great trip for anyone who wants to experience a Coast to Coast cycle ride without the challenges of the better known C2C.

Catherine, UK

Dates & Prices

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Book now with a $250 deposit and nothing more to pay until 60 days before departure. Choose a date to start your booking and see all prices, including bike hire and single room supplements.

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Start Date
26/07/2024
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31/07/2024
Duration
6 days
Price
$1,140.00
Start Date
04/10/2024
Return Date
09/10/2024
Duration
6 days
Price
$1,140.00

Whats Included Tick

A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms)

B) Meals as itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

C) Full support service including a guide qualified in First Aid in a back up vehicle carrying spares, snacks and extra equipment not needed on your bike

D) Access to the Skedaddle App for holiday information

E) GPX files available upon request

F) Scheduled transfers on arrival and departure days

G) Financial Protection through ABTOT

What's not Included Cross

A) Riding guide

B) Personal clothing and equipment

C) Travel insurance

D) Bar bills, telephone calls, souvenirs, etc.

E) Bike & helmet hire (available if required)

F) Travel or flight costs and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)

G) Single room option (may be available if required)

H) Entrance fees to cultural or historical sites and visitor centres

I) Other optional activities

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Private Departures

Private Departures

Are you keen to only travel with your family or friends? Struggling to find the right date? Well, we can organise a private departure for this tour and tailor aspects to suit your group's specific needs. Contact our friendly team and we'll help you turn your dream into reality.

The Essentials

Travel Options

If travelling by plane, Newcastle has an airport, although transatlantic options are limited and most routes will usually come via London.

If you are planning to travel by train your destination is Newcastle and group train station transfers are included in the holiday price. There will be a Skedaddle transfer at 16.00 from Newcastle train station to the accommodation.

You will be expected to finish in Tynemouth at around 15.00 and we will transfer you back to your car in Newcastle or to Newcastle train station. Please do not book any return trains prior to 16.30 or flights prior to 18.00.

Please check with us before making any travel arrangements to make sure we have reached the minimum number required to guarantee your holiday and to ensure your arrangements fit with our scheduled transfers and logistics.

Please note If you make alternative travel arrangements, which fall outside of the planned train station transfers, there may be an additional charge for individual transfers.

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 (male frame) or Liv Rove (female frame) with a wide gear range suitable for the route and terrain, semi-slick tyres, hydraulic disc brakes and a relaxed riding position.

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

A rack and two panniers, and one bottle cage are provided with all our rental bikes, along with an emergency repair kit in a seat-post bag containing a puncture repair kit, a multi-tool, a spare innertube and a bike pump.

We are also able to provide helmets, if you’d like one to be provided, please request this at the time of booking.

You are welcome to bring along your own saddles, or own pedals if renting a hybrid bike, but please let us know if advance if you plan to do so.

If you are planning to bring your own e-bike, please let us know the make and model of your bike and we can check its suitability.

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