Self Guided Walking Holidays & Cycling Holidays


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Highlights

  • Breathing in the fresh air as you whizz along the Cycleway
  • Discovering the fascinating history of Hadrian's Wall
  • Welcoming bike friendly accommodation and hearty breakfasts
  • The achievement of a wonderful Coast to Coast cycle on arrival in Tynemouth

Hadrian's Cycleway offers relaxed cycling with magnificent views from Coast to Coast.
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.

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 - 6 Days & 5 Nights

Day 1: Arrive Newcastle & Overnight

Day 2: Morning transfer to Bowness-on-Solway & cycle to Brampton: 28m


Day 3: Cycle to Once Brewed: 22m


Day 4: Cycle to Corbridge: 19m


Day 5: Cycle to Tynemouth: 31m / Transfer to Newcastle & overnight


Day 6: Onward Travel

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.


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.



 

 


 




Indigo Hotel - Newcastle


 

 


Indigo Hotel - Newcastle 

Hotel Indigo Newcastle 


The city's most exciting boutique destination. 





 


 

 

 



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.


 

 

 

 

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


General Information

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.


Travel Insurance

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.

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.

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 training programme.

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.

 

It was an interesting and not too challenging adventure.

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The ride is mainly along cycle paths and minor roads with ample opportunity to stop and refresh or visit the sites. It is well within the capacity of most reasonably fit people. The route is suitable for an electric bike which is a considerable boon to some. There are many ancient and interesting sites along the way.

MickM

New Forest

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Great family bike holiday

5

We really enjoyed Hadrians cycleway. Family with 8, 11, 13 year olds. Four days of biking. It was not strenuous. It gave us enough time to explore some of the Roman settlements, or have a long lunch or arrive early. In August we had 1/4 days of rain but it was more like mist. It didn't deter us at all. I was concerned about navigating the route however it was straightforward. There were small signs designating the national cycle route 72. We followed the signs and also used google maps on our mobile phones. We bought a SIM card at WHSmith in the airport on arrival which have us more data than we could possibly use. Excellent trip. Loved the luggage transfers. Loved that all the B&Bs were right on route or within 100m beside the route. No problems with bikes. Appreciated that the bike company also gave us a good quality waterproof panier which held our rain jackets and lots of chocolate bars for the kids.

Mom of three

BC Canada

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Hadrian's Wall Cycleway

5

Great scenery. Fantastic accomodation. Newcastle is a really interesting place to visit.

Beefy

Epsom

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Well Organised trip

5

We had a great ride. The driver Ian from Peddle Power couldn't do enough for us and the luggage was always at our accommodation when we arrived.

Weekly rider

Tasmania

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A Great Cycling Vacation!

4

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.

Cycle Fans

Canada

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Great for tourists

5

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.

Kelly

New South Wales, Australia

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Despite the rain we had a wonderful time

5

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.

Kerri

Sydney

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Well Organised but Rides Possibly a Little Short

4

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.

Neal

York

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Fun cycling

5

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.

Ganaa

Virginia, USA

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LOVED EVERY SECOND EVEN THE UPHILL

5

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.

Candice the LoneWolf

Ventura, California

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Cornwall: Rundreise auf zwei Rädern

4.5 36

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