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Highlights on your Coast to Coast Cycle

  • Carlisel
  • Lanercost Priory
  • Roman Forts
  • Iconic Villages and Garrison Towns
  • The Challenge and Achievement of Cycling Across England


Why Book With Us?

  • Fun and Hassle-Free Cycling Trips
  • Stunning, handpicked roads and lanes alongside the Wall
  • Easy to Follow Maps, GPS routes and Instructions Provided
  • Support Team and Emergency Support Vehicle on Hand
  • Friendly customer care team on hand 365 days a year
  • “I cannot recommend this tour company highly enough for anyone looking to explore England’s beautiful countryside” E.B.


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Cycling Hadrian’s Wall – 3 Day Self-Guided

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  • 3 Days / 2 Nights
  • From Aug 2020
  • Type: Self-Guided
  • Difficulty : 3/5
  • Country
  • Pickup: Carlisle Railway Station (also Newcastle or Tynmouth)
What to Expect on your Hadrian's Wall Cycling Trip

The Hadrian’s Cycleway is a Coast to Coast ride with a difference, riding through 2000 years of history and the northernmost point of the Roman Empire. It crosses the country from one sea to another, so it is tradition to dip your back wheel in the sea at Bowness on Solway at the start and your front wheel in the sea at the finish in Tynemouth. 

Built by the Emperor Hadrian in AD 122 this 74 mile defensive wall was constructed over a 4 year period to defend the Roman Empire from the invading barbarians in the North. The route starts in the little hamlet of Bowness on Solway, which is officially the western most point of the original Wall, from here an hours ride to Carlisle and onwards eastward over some very rural countryside before joining the River Tyne which takes you all the way through Newcastle upon Tyne to Tynemouth and the end of the route.

With panoramic views around every corner you’ll love this historic coast to coast adventure.

 

No Hassle Self-Guided Cycling Tours

We take all the hassle out of cycling by including all luggage transfers, booking and organising all accommodation, maps, Ride With GPS instructions, and recommending incredible iconic palaces, castles, estates, ancient sites and more to visit along the way.

Step back in time on this idyllic cycle route through the heart of the English countryside, winding through villages, tracing ridgeways, quiet roads down into woodlands and valleys, and with panoramic views around every corner. This linear journey is the perfect way to discover England at its finest.

C2C Hadrian's Wall Self-Guided Cycling Itinerary

Day 1Bowness on Solway to Glisland

We will transfer you to Bowness on Solway in the morning, and after some great photos of your first glimpses of this wall, we will set you on your way for the first days riding. Follow the coastline down the Solway Firth all the way to Carlisle for a flat (but sometimes windy!) cycle. Carlisle is a lovely town and the historic Castle is well worth exploring. From Carlisle the route takes you to Warwick Bridge then on up a short climb to Brampton. Just east of Brampton you will pass the Augustinian Lanercost Priory (C12th Monastery), with its dramatic triple tier of arches, as well as the Roman fort of Birdoswald; both great sites to look around.

Mileage: 36 miles

Day 2Glisland to Corbridge

Continue exploring the wall’s Roman heritage with a steep little climb at the beginning of the day to Greenhead’s Roman Army Museum, where you can immerse yourself in the life of a Roman soldier. Haltwhistle is a small pretty town and a great coffee stop along the way, and the Vindolanda settlement you’ll pass in the afternoon is a must stop destination, with a fascinating history – it has been demolished and completely re-build no fewer than nine times. Your accommodation in Corbridge, once a garrison town along the wall, with its pretty high street is a wonderfully relaxed place to rest your legs in the evening.

Mileage: 31 miles

Day 3Corbridge to Tynemouth

Your route follows the flow of the River Tyne through the counties of Tyne and Wear and all the way to the North Sea at Tynemouth. You’ll cycle through Wylam, with its famous brewery, and journey along the old railway line to Newburn and Newcastle Quayside, finishing at the Sailing Club in Tynemouth. At Tynemouth, with its imposing fortifications, castle and priory which dominate the headland, you dip your wheel in the North Sea and after celebrating with a well earned pint, we will transfer you back to Newcastle and help you with your ongoing travel arrangements. Many choose to stay an extra night in Tynemouth to explore some more; please contact us if you would like to extend your stay here, we would be delighted to book in additional accommodation for you.

Mileage: 34 miles

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Walking Trip Details

Meet and Greet Location

Carlisle Railway Station (Also, Newcastle and Tynemouth)

Pickup Time

10.00am at Carlisle or 8.00am in Newcastle

Accommodation

Country accommodation 

Price Includes

  • All Breakfasts
  • Lunch and Dinner Reccommendations
  • All accommodation on a twin / double occupancy basis
  • All bikes and equipment including helmets
  • Full GPS Routes (Ride With GPS downloaded onto your phones), Maps and Written Instructions
  • Emergency Support
  • Transfers to and from the start of the tour from stated locations
  • Luggage Transfers (1 bag per person, up to 15kg)

Price Excludes

  • International Flights and travel to and from the start / end of the tour
  • Cancellation Insurance
  • Privately Arranged Transportation (e.g. Evening Taxis)
  • All Food, Meals and Drinks Other Than Breakfast
  • Gratuity for your local guide
  • Travel Insurance, highly recommended for an active holiday
FAQ

Why choose a self-guided cycling holiday?

With exceptionally well-planned routes, our self-guided tours are designed to suit the independent traveler or groups of travelers; those who wish to cycle at their own pace and speed. With GPS (our routes downloaded onto your phones) and maps, we detail all of the points of interests, lunch stops, cafes – and of course pubs! Bike at your leisure, safe in the knowledge that a support team and emergency support vehicle is on standby

How do I get to Carlisle, Newcastle or Tynemouth for the start of this tour?

Carlisle: Overnight in Carlisle, where there is access to the North West Mainline. Guests will be picked up between 10.00am on the first morning of the tour and transported to Bowness on Solway. 

Newcastle or Tynemouth: Guests who are driving often decide to leave their car here, to be picked up at the end of the tour. We will transport you from either on the day before the tour starts or guests can stay in Newcastle and transfer to Bowness on Solway at 8.00am.

What is your Emergency Recovery?

If you do have a mechanical issue and are totally stuck, either physically, mentally or mechanically, then we offer an emergency recovery service (up to 4 hour response) to get you off the route and to safety. This service may be chargeable depending upon circumstances.

What are the Hotels like on the Hadrian's Wall Cycle?

We have handpicked a selection of hotels and bed and breakfasts in ideal locations so you can cycle into and out of your hotel to begin and end your walk each day, with no detours! With great access into towns for dinner and pub recommendations these hotels and guest houses are the perfect place to rest your legs and relax during the evenings while on your tour.

Read M.W’s review of our hotels: “The accommodations were first rate — small inns scattered throughout the countryside. And the food — out of this world! […] It was so relaxing to have the whole trip prearranged.”

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