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Sycamore Gap along Hadrian's Wall
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Highlights

  • Journey from coast to coast across northern England
  • 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!

Discover Britain’s Roman frontier and enjoy expansive coastal views as you cycle from west to east across England. Hadrian’s Cycleway is the perfect way to discover the beautiful countryside of Northumberland from the saddle.

After a night in Newcastle and your journey begins on the west coast in Bowness-on-Solway, an Area of Outstanding Beauty on the Solway Firth. The route takes you through the heart of Hadrian’s Wall Country to reach Tynemouth on the east coast over 4 days of cycling. Enjoy the freedom of cycling on quiet roads and traffic-free cycle paths as you explore the charming English countryside.

Day 1 - Arrive in Newcastle and overnight

Arrive in Newcastle and check in to your hand-picked accommodation, the rest of the day is yours to explore the sights of the city before enjoying time in the rural countryside.


Day 2 - Transfer to Bowness and cycle to Brampton

After breakfast, a transfer (1.5 hours) brings you to Bowness-on-Solway to begin your ride to Brampton. Bowness is an area of outstanding beauty and many species of birdlife can be seen in the area. The day's cycling gets off to a gently start along the Solway Firth before reaching Carlisle, from here pedal the rolling landscape to the pretty little market town of Brampton.


Cycle: 28 miles


Day 3 - Brampton to Once Brewed

Leave Brampton behind and cycle north passing 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. A long descent into Haltwhistle follows before 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

Today you'll pass several important Roman sites along the wall followed by an exceptional ride down to Vindolanda. A slight detour towards Housesteads provides outstanding views over the area. Next climb up to Crindledykes, the highest point on the route (263m above sea level), before reaching the quaint village of Corbridge for your overnight stay.


Day 5 - Cycle from Corbridge to Tynemouth and transfer to Newcastle

The final section of the cycleway follows the banks of the River Tyne as it flows east towards the sea. The route makes it's way through Newcastle on dedicated cycle path following the quayside through the city centre where you will catch a glimpse of the Millennium Bridge. The river widens as you reach Wallsend, the starting point of the Hadrian’s Wall walking path, before arriving in 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.


From Tynemouth you'll be transferred back to Newcastle making for an easier onward journey.


Day 6 - Onward travel

After a hearty English breakfast say your goodbyes to Hadrian's Wall Country and get ready for your onward journey.

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 with a supplement.


Meals

A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included so you're free to choose from the available options. Some accommodations can provide a packed lunch on request or you'll be able to grab lunch en route from shops or local cafes. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby pubs and restaurants.



 

 

 




Indigo Hotel - Newcastle

Hotel Indigo Newcastle is a 4* 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 5 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. Evening meal options are available from a good menu with plenty of plenty of delicious options.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Saughy Rigg Farm - Once Brewed



Saughy Rigg Farm - Once Brewed

Saughy Rigg Farm is situated just 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 within a large Edwardian House of character.


 

 

 

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 15 kg per person


Bike Hire

If you have included bike rental in your tour, our bike rental partner will collect you on the morning of day 2 and transfer you to Bowness-On-Solway to begin your cycle to Brampton. A bike fitting is included so you can make sure it's the perfect fit before setting off.


Hire bikes are high quality Giant Escape or Giant Alight hybrids. E-bikes are also available (subject to availability) if you'd prefer a little assistance on the hills.


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 3 hours, and the train from London about 4 hours.


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 we always advise public transport is the best option.

Included

  • 6 Nights in B&B's, guesthouses and small hotels
  • Transfers from Newcastle to the start of the cycle in Bowness (including bike and luggage transfers)
  • Transfers from Tynemouth to Newcastle Hotel, station or airport
  • Baggage transfers
  • Information pack and route notes with maps
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our office

Excluded

  • Travel to / from Newcastle
  • Bike hire
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance (required)

Extras

  • Additional nights along the route
  • Single room supplement
  • Bike hire

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the accommodations are popular in July and 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?

This is a relatively relaxed trip for the regular cyclist to enjoy comfortably. If you currently don’t enjoy an active lifestyle, we suggest doing some training prior to your trip e.g. attending a spin class at you local gym if possible. Alternatively, get out on the road for one to two rides per week making sure to incorporate some rolling terrain.

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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