Discover Britain’s Roman frontier, enjoy expansive coastal views, explore the history of Roman Britain and marvel at the achievement of Hadrian’s Wall as you cycle from coast to coast. Hadrian’s Cycleway is the perfect way to discover the beautiful countryside of Northumberland.
Your journey begins in Bowness-on-Solway which is an Area of Outstanding Beauty on the Solway Firth. The route heads through the heart of Hadrian’s Wall Country and finally reaching Tynemouth on the East Coast. Enjoy the freedom of cycling on quiet roads and traffic free cycle paths as you explore the beautiful countryside.
Macs Adventure offer two itineraries on the Hadrian’s Cycleway taking in the best and most popular section, both starting from Bowness and finishing in Tynemouth. Your first night's accommodation will be in Newcastle then we transport you, your bikes and your luggage to the start at Bowness - if you are hiring bikes we will fit them for you before you head off. We will arrange to meet you in Tynemouth after your cycle and transport you back to Newcastle for your last overnight stay. We provide hand-picked overnight accommodation in high quality B&B’s, country inns, and guesthouses. Each is unique and offers the highest levels of welcome. We also include daily door to door baggage transfers, a detailed map and pre-departure information pack as well as emergency support, should you need it.
Hadrian's Cycleway - 5 Days & 4 Nights
Day 1: Arrive Newcastle & overnight
Day 2: Morning transfer to Bowness-on-Solway & cycle to Gilsland: 37m
Day 3: Cycle to Corbridge: 32m
Day 4: Cycle to Tynemouth / transfer back to Newcastle & overnight: 31m
Day 5: Onward Travel
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.
This independent cycling holiday is available to solo cyclists but a
supplement will apply for the extra costs incurred in transferring 1
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.
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.
Indigo Hotel - Newcastle
Hotel Indigo Newcastle
The city's most exciting boutique destination.
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 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.
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
The distances are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all essentials, for example proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, and sunscreen.
It is a requirement of this booking with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation or hospital care.
Getting to/from Newcastle
By Air: The most convenient international airports to arrive into are Newcastle and Manchester. There is a regular train service between Manchester airport and Newcastle city centre (approx. 3 hours).
By Train: From Manchester the train to Newcastle takes approx. 3 hours and the train from London takes approx. 4 hours.
By Car - Newcastle is a 5 hour drive from London and a 3 hours drive from Manchester. Parking can be very busy in the summer months, so we always advise public transport is the best option.
Getting to/from Newcastle
By Air: The most convenient international airports to arrive
into are Newcastle and Manchester. There is a regular train service between
Manchester airport and Newcastle city centre (approx. 3 hours).
By Train: From Manchester the train to Newcastle takes approx.
3 hours and the train from London takes approx. 4 hours.
By Car - Newcastle is a 5
hour drive from London and a 3 hours drive from Manchester. Parking can be very
busy in the summer months, so we always advise public transport is the best
- 4 Nights accommodation in B&Bs, guesthouses and country hotels
- 4 Breakfasts
- 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
- Luggage transfers
- A detailed info pack and route map for the group leader
- 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our office
- Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
- Travel insurance (required)
- Personal equipment
- Bike hire (we can book this for you)
- Bike hire
- Single room supplement
- Extra nights before, after or during your cycle
Planning a cycling holiday can be daunting, especially if this is
your first long distance cycling holiday. We are often asked the
following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful.
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
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.
What personal equipment do I need?
You will need a bike in good condition, we would recommend a hybrid
or a mountain bike with semi slick tires. Your information pack has a
detailed equipment list which includes standard cycling gear such as
helmet, cycling clothes warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.
When is the best time of year?
Traditionally April/May has always been the most popular time of year
because the theory goes that the weather is better. Although I believe
any time between late March and October offers a wonderful experience.
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.