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Hadrian's Cycleway Self Guided Holiday
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Highlights

  • A coast to coast cycle from west to east, Bowness-on-Solway to Tynemouth
  • Discovering the fascinating history of Hadrian's Wall
  • Welcoming bike friendly accommodation and hearty breakfasts
  • The sense of achievement upon arrival in Tynemouth
  • Cycling from the Solway Firth, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Hadrian's Cycleway offers relaxed cycling with magnificent views from coast to coast and is the perfect way to discover Britain's Roman frontier, Hadrian's Wall and the stunning Northumberland countryside

Begin in Bowness-on-Solway, an Area of Outstanding Beauty on the Solway Firth, the route then heads through the heart of Hadrian’s Wall Country and finally reaches Tynemouth on the East Coast. Enjoy the freedom of biking on quiet roads and traffic free cycle paths as you explore these beautiful landscapes. We offer two options, longer and shorter versions of the same itinerary.

This is a general stage by stage guide. For all the available day by day itineraries, please see the options on the right.


Day 1: Arrival

Arrive Newcastle and check in to your guest house, the rest of the day is yours to explore the sights of Newcastle.


Day 2: Bowness to Brampton

After breakfast, a transfer brings you to Bowness-on-Solway to begin your cycle (an approximate 1 hour and 30 min drive). Bowness is an area of outstanding beauty and many species of birdlife can be seen around this spectacular area. The days cycling starts off very gently along the Solway Firth before reaching Carlisle and then undulating in to Brampton which is a pretty little market town.


Day 3: Brampton to Once Brewed

From Brampton you head north up past Banks and Birdoswald where you'll see some well- preserved sections of Hadrian’s Wall. It is well worth diverting from the main route here to view these preserved sections, if you have the time. A long descent into Haltwhistle follows and then you climb north coming off the cycleway at the summit of Smith's shield. Tonight sample a local beer in Once Brewed at the Twice Brewed Inn!  


Day 4: Once Brewed to Corbridge

Several important Roman sites along Hadrian’s wall are passed on this section and the cycle down to Vindolanda is exceptional. A slight detour towards Housesteads provides outstanding views over the area. Next climb up to Crindledykes which is the highest point on the route (263 metres above sea level) before heading past Hexham and reaching the quaint village of Corbridge for your overnight stay.


Day 5: Corbridge to Tynemouth

The final section of the cycleway follows the banks of the River Tyne as you head east. The path soon heads into the western suburbs of Newcastle and follows the purpose built cyclepath. It follows the quayside through the city centre and you can catch a glimpse of the Millennium Bridge.


The river widens as you reach Wallsend which is the starting point of the Hadrian’s Wall walking path and finally you head up to Tynemouth where your cycle finishes. We will arrange a time to meet you and pick you up and take you back into Newcastle for your overnight stay.


Day 6: Onward Travel from Newcastle

Accommodation

One of the highlights of this tour is the high standard of the accommodation. We specifically choose the hotels, inns, guesthouses and B&B’s to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay. All offer a warm welcome to cyclists, with cycle storage, traditional hospitality and delicious local food.


Single Rooms

This independent cycling holiday is available to solo cyclists but a supplement will apply for the extra costs incurred in transferring 1 bike.


Meals

A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included so you're free to choose from the available options. Most of your accommodations will more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby pubs and restaurants and your guide book will have these details.



 

 

 




Indigo Hotel - Newcastle

Hotel Indigo Newcastle - The city's most exciting boutique destination. Positioned in the Grainger Town area (Fenkle Street), Hotel Indigo Newcastle boasts an enviable city centre postcode, conveniently located just two minutes from Central Station.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Oakwood Park Hotel - Brampton



Oakwood Park Hotel - Brampton

Oakwood is an imposing Victorian house built in 1861, standing in its own grounds, surrounded by countryside of outstanding beauty. They also offer delicious evening meals from an extensive menu.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Saughy Rigg Farm - Once Brewed



Saughy Rigg Farm - Once Brewed

Saughy Rigg Farm is an ideal base for a walking or cycling holiday on Hadrian`s Wall National Trail. Magnificently situated about half a mile north of Hadrian's Wall within Northumberland's beautiful National Park, the wall can be seen from the farm.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Fellcroft - Corbridge

Fellcroft is a family run B&B located in a large Edwardian House which has been sympathetically refurbished. They offer a very warm welcome to all walkers and cyclists.


 

 

 

Availability

This trip is available to start on any day between early March and late September.


Time of Year

The Hadrian's Cycleway has traditionally been most popular in the spring, because the theory goes that the weather is better. However any time between early March adn late September offers a wonderful experience. Later on in the spring would perhaps be a bit drier however.


Grade & Terrain

This cycle is graded moderate to strenuous and you will be cycling along quiet roads, and National Cycle Network routes.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The routes are easy to follow and well-marked as it is part of a National Cycle Network. You will be provided with a map and a guidebook.


Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 15kg per person


Rental Bikes

Bike hire is available as an optional extra. Good-quality hybrid bikes are available. The bikes avaialble for rental are Giant Roam Hybrid Bikes and bike specifications are available in your information pack. All rentals include a rear luggage rack and panniers (please ask if you want these to be inlcuded), a helmet, a lock, a pump, 2 spare inner tubes, puncture repair kit and multi-tool, water bottle holder, and a handle bar bag.


Please note that if you do want to rent a bike you need to provide us with your height so that we can make sure that the bike is going to be a good fit.


It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.



General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard cycling gear such as warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer.

Getting to/from Newcastle

By Air and train: The most convenient international airports to arrive into are Newcastle and Manchester. There a trains from Newcastle Airport to the city centre every 12 minutes and the journey takes approximately 25 minutes. There is also regular train service between Manchester Airport and Newcastle city centre (approx. 3 hours).Please check train times and schedules on the National Rail website.


By Car - Newcastle is a 5 hour drive from London and a 3 hour drive from Manchester. Parking can be very busy in the summer months, so public transport is the best option.

Included

  • B&B, guesthouse and country hotel accommodation including breakfast in twin/double en-suite rooms.
  • Transfers from Newcastle to the start of the cycle in Bowness (including bike and luggage transfers)
  • Transfers back from Tynemouth to Newcastle Hotel, station or airport.
  • Door to door baggage transfer.
  • A detailed info pack and route map for the group leader.
  • Emergency telephone support from our office in the event of a problem.

Excluded

  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Personal Equipment.
  • Bike Hire (unless booked by ourselves)

Extras

  • Bike Hire
  • Single room supplement.
  • Extra nights before, after or during your cycle.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as Hadrian's Wall Cycleway is extremely popular especially over April/May and July/August. You will find up to date availability on our website and we will always try and accommodate your plans.

How fit do I need to be?

We offer two itineraries so you can choose your preferred daily distance so hopefully you will find an itinerary that suits your preferred level of activity. If you currently don’t enjoy an active lifestyle we suggest regular cycling in hilly terrain supplemented by cardio vascular exercise for at least 6 months prior to your cycle. A good gym or personal trainer will be able to draw up a personalised training programme.

Am I able to take my dog?

Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers we use do not accept pets.

What happens if I can’t cycle a stage?

You can use public transport, the Hadrian's Wall bus or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.  The Hadrian's Wall bus can take bikes but these must be booked on in advance.



REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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macs adventureHadrian's Cycleway - 6 Days & 5 Nights
 
4.5

(based on 32 reviews)

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97%

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Pros

  • Well organised (29)
  • Fun (25)
  • Great accommodations (24)
  • Once in a lifetime experience (14)

Cons

  • Exhausting (6)

Best Uses

  • Holiday (24)
  • Trying something new (22)
  • Relaxation (13)
  • Thrill seeking (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Occasional traveller (17), World traveller (13), Avid adventurer (7)

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4.0

A Great Cycling Vacation!

By Cycle Fans

from Canada

About Me World Traveller

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Pros

  • Fun
  • Great Accommodations
  • Well Organised

Cons

  • Exhausting

Best Uses

  • Trying Something New

Comments about macs adventure Hadrian's Cycleway - 6 Days & 5 Nights:

Our Hadrian's Wall cycling trip was fabulous. Accommodations were good, all with a nice breakfast. No issues with luggage or the bikes. There were a few areas where the map could have been a little more detailed. The Route 72 signs can be easily missed if you not paying attention. Due to flooding a few weeks before our trip, some bridges were out and we had to found our own alternate routes. Thankfully, this occurred while in cities so residents were very helpful.

 
5.0

Great for tourists

By Kelly

from New South Wales, Australia

About Me Occasional Traveller

Pros

  • Fun
  • Great Accommodations
  • Well Organised

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Holiday
  • Trying Something New

Comments about macs adventure Hadrian's Cycleway - 6 Days & 5 Nights:

Very enjoyable, well-signed cycle route, smoothly organised bike hire and bag transfer.

We did this ride purely for tourism and are not regular cyclists. The relatively short riding times each day were great for us as we were able to stop at historical sites along the way (eg. Carlisle castle, Vindolanda) and meant that walking our bikes through the small towns or up a few hills didn't put us behind schedule. It was very tiring without a high level of fitness, but satisfying and definitely do-able if your take your time.

I would recommend checking your exact route each day to make sure you don't miss any points of interest, as following the cycleway the whole time misses a couple of interesting spots.

 
5.0

Despite the rain we had a wonderful time

By Kerri

from Sydney

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  • Fun
  • Great Accommodations
  • Well Organised

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Holiday
    • Trying Something New

    Comments about macs adventure Hadrian's Cycleway - 6 Days & 5 Nights:

    My husband and I love cycling but had been on a non cycling holiday for 10 weeks when we did this, so not as fit as we would have liked to be but loved it. A couple of the hills were tough but in general it wasn't a difficult ride.

     
    4.0

    Well Organised but Rides Possibly a Little Short

    By Neal

    from York

    About Me Cycling Trail Enthusiast, Occasional Traveller

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    Pros

    • Fun
    • Great Accommodations
    • Well Organised

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Holiday
      • Relaxation

      Comments about macs adventure Hadrian's Cycleway - 6 Days & 5 Nights:

      Accommodation and bag transfer were very good. I felt the rides were on the short side for me. I normally do 40 to 50 miles and these were a little over 30. Even with a break to look at museums I was arriving at my destination by 3 pm. I would have preferred either to make the total distance slightly longer or do the same distance over 2 days. BTW, the link in the email gave the wrong holiday - should be 5 days, 4 nights.

       
      5.0

      Fun cycling

      By Ganaa

      from Virginia, USA

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Pros

      • Fun
      • Great Accommodations
      • Once in a Lifetime Experience
      • Well Organised

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Holiday
        • Trying Something New

        Comments about macs adventure Hadrian's Cycleway - 6 Days & 5 Nights:

        It was fun trip, great experience, loved the Cycleway network - very well marked, exciting to ride in UK. Route's easy to ride, tons of historical sites to stop by to see, beautiful countryside. Well organized trip, definitely worth doing this again through Macadventures, but somewhere else. Of all the hotels/b&b, the one in Gilsland - Brookside Villa was the best. 4th floor room in Premier In - Newcastle was a bit old, and dingy otherwise, we were happy with all of our accommodation.

         
        5.0

        LOVED EVERY SECOND EVEN THE UPHILL

        By Candice the LoneWolf

        from Ventura, California

        About Me Avid Adventurer, World Traveller

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        Pros

        • Great Accommodations
        • Once in a Lifetime Experience
        • Well Organised

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Trying Something New

          Comments about macs adventure Hadrian's Cycleway - 6 Days & 5 Nights:

          The B&Bs were spectacular, great food and service great beds! The subcontracted bag mover / bike handler called Pedal Power was personable and super concerned about my trip too! I loved.

           
          5.0

          Great trip, well organised and gorgeous scenery.

          By Jennifer

          from London

          About Me World Traveller

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun
          • Well Organised

          Cons

          • Exhausting

          Best Uses

          • exercise

          Comments about macs adventure Hadrian's Cycleway - 6 Days & 5 Nights:

          We shortened this trip which was no problem to Mac's. They were very efficient, the accommodation was very good and the Pedal Power company were brilliant and went beyond their remit by picking us up in a pub at the end of the trip in Whitley Bay.

           
          5.0

          I would like to do this again!

          By Ara

          from Trondheim, Norway

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          Pros

          • Beautiful landscape and a lot of nice people!
          • Fun
          • Great Accommodations
          • Once in a Lifetime Experience
          • Well Organised

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Holiday
            • Relaxation
            • Trying Something New

            Comments about macs adventure Hadrian's Cycleway - 6 Days & 5 Nights:

            Everything was just great; the transport from Newcastle to Bowness-on-Solway, the bikerental and the bikes, the route, the map and descriptions, the landscape and the people. And the accommodations, of course!

             
            5.0

            The route is great.

            By Marsha from Champaign

            from Champaign, IL

            About Me World Traveller

            Pros

            • Great Accommodations

            Cons

            • Poorly Organised

            Best Uses

            • Holiday

            Comments about macs adventure Hadrian's Cycleway - 6 Days & 5 Nights:

            Macs sent me to the wrong place, but otherwise an excellent choice for a bike trip. Another firm might not make that mistake.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A Wonderful Adventure

            By Lorna & Steve

            from Marblehead, MA, USA

            About Me Occasional Traveller

            Pros

            • Challenging
            • Fun
            • Once in a Lifetime Experience
            • Well Organised

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Holiday
              • Trying Something New

              Comments about macs adventure Hadrian's Cycleway - 6 Days & 5 Nights:

              Exceeded our expectations with respect to organization, welcoming staff at all accommodations. Whoever takes this trip may get lost, but that is part of the adventure. No problems with the bikes or equipment. Wish there were more pub along the way!

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