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Hadrian's Cycleway Self Guided Tour
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Highlights

  • A coast to coast cycle from Bowness-on-Solway in the west to Tynemouth in the east
  • Discover the fascinating history of Hadrian's Wall
  • Stay in bike friendly accommodations and enjoy hearty breakfasts
  • Explore the Solway Firth, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • The sense of achievement upon arrival in Tynemouth!

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 to reach Tynemouth on England's east coast. Enjoy the freedom of biking on quiet roads and traffic free cycle paths as you explore these beautiful landscapes. We offer two itinerary variations, a 6 or 5 day option.

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 is a four-star boutique hotel in the heart of the city, heavily influenced by its location within the historic Grainger Town area. The hotel is situated less than a five minute walk from Newcastle central train station, with onsite parking (fees apply).


 

 

 


 

 

 



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

  • Hand-picked 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 (required)
  • Personal equipment
  • Bike hire

Extras

  • Bike hire
  • Single room or solo traveler 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 cardiovascular exercise for at least six months before 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.

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