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Hadrian's Cycleway (4 Days Cycling)

Self-Guided Family Bike Tour

Grade

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2
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4
5

Duration

5 days

Prices from

$645 P.P.
Child Discount Applies
United Kingdom

Hadrian's Cycleway (4 Days Cycling)

Self-Guided Family Bike Tour

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

5 days

Prices from

$645 P.P.
Child Discount Applies
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Utilizing the National Cycle Network, with that extra Skedaddle ingredient, we cycle along the boundary of the Old Roman Empire, starting and finishing at either end of Hadrian’s Wall. During the cycling you'll follow in the footsteps of Roman soldiers, whilst experiencing some of the rich heritage that Cumbria and Northumberland have to offer. This wonderful cycling vacation passes through open hill country, peaceful river valleys and finishes at the North Sea at Tynemouth.
After arriving into Newcastle you 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.
There's lots to see along the way for both adults and children and the sense of achievement at completing a coast to coast cycling journey as a family is for many the real highlight. 
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 UK family cycling tour on quiet roads, traffic free paths and National Cycle Network routes? Then the Hadrian's Cycleway is the tour for you. This trip can also be done over 6 days and also as a 4 day supported trip

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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We all really enjoyed the experience, would definitely recommend it to family and friends and would like to return!

Suzanne, UK

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, 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: 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 Bowness-on-Solway to begin your family cycling adventure. Bowness-on-Solway is the beginning of the Hadrian’s Wall National Trail, and the village sits on the stunning Solway Firth (an 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. Our 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. From Carlisle you continue to Warwick Bridge; this section along the river is very picturesque – so cameras at the ready! You continue cycling on arriving at your accommodation in Brampton for the evening.

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

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….who in the family will be first up the hill? 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 with 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. 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. 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 South Tyne Valley to a summit at Smith’s Shield, which will bring you to your accommodation at Twice Brewed.

Day 4
Twice Brewed to Newburn
32 Miles / 52 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 450m

After breakfast, you start your day with an exhilarating descent to Vindolanda; a Roman frontier military and civilian site, and a must for those in the family looking to learn a little more about 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; 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 then drop towards Fourstones before passing through the market town of Hexham, towards the garrison town of Corbridge. 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 Stevenson’s Cottage and then crossing the River Tyne twice, you will cycle along an old wagonway towards Newburn following the banks of the Tyne.

Day 5
Newburn to Tynemouth
18 Miles / 29 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 300m

All the ups and downs are now behind you and you can take your time cycling on your final day of cycling.

As you get closer to Newcastle it’s time to count the bridges along the River Tyne. This includes the “blinking eye” Millennium Bridge which you will cycle past, and spans the river from Newcastle on the North bank to Gateshead on the South bank where the Baltic Arts centre and Sage concert hall dominate the skyline. The Cycle Hub is situated on the route just after this and is the perfect place for a well earned cuppa and a slice of delicious hub-made cake. It’s dedicated to the cyclist and also the home of Saddle Skedaddle so why not come and say hello?

Not far to the end now as you 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 if you fancy a little more Roman history to end your Hadrian’s Wall experience. Look out for the viewing platform in the shape of a Roman Centurian’s helmet!! Continuing along close to the river we soon reach the Fish Quays of North Shields, 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 – ice creams all round? We will meet you in Tynemouth and 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 path. 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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2
3
4
5
Grade 2 - 3: Gentle/ Moderate

Aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 trips

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?

Trips 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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A really good experience! The excellent Roman museums on route brought Hadrians wall to life.

Jane, UK

Dates & Prices

20% discount for children below the age of 18 who are travelling with 2 fully-paying passengers.  Additional 20% discount for children sharing a triple or family room.

Available from April to September – Choose your preferred start date. Contact us on 1-888-414-6437 or email info@skedaddle.com to check availability for your specific date.

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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) 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

With its excellent rail and air connections getting to Newcastle is easy. Newcastle has an airport, although transatlantic options are limited and most routes will come via London, or if travelling by train we ask that you arrive into and depart from Newcastle train station.

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 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 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 2 E+2 Disc pedal assist bikes with 300Wh batteries.

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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