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Frances McCann
Frances McCann

Weekly Cycle: Hadrian's Cycleway

Follow the iconic ancient Roman monument from Coast to Coast on an epic journey across England.

In a Nutshell

Hadrian's Cycleway follows National Route 72, maintained by the Sustrans cycle charity organisation.

At the end of Hadrian's Cycleway

At the end of Hadrian's Cycleway

Grade: Moderate

Distance: The full National Route is 174 miles and includes a Cumbrian coastal section. Our route is 100 miles cross country from coast to coast.

Where is it?

Starting in Bowness on Solway, the route combines exceptional views, quaint villages, rewarding climbs and their associated descents! Plus of course the great historic landmark of Hadrian's Wall itself, the 122AD Roman remains.

The Wall!

The Wall!

Why Cycle Hadrian's Cycleway?

Great northern English landscapes combine with a great northern welcome. Enjoy the sense of achievement of a challenging (but not too extreme) cycle, and in particular enjoy the welcome and the cold beers as you stop in local inns and cafes to toast your progress!

Our smiling cyclists on Day 1

Our smiling cyclists on Day 1

Keen cyclists can take on the challenge of a coast to coast in a shorter time, but the route appeals to a wide variety of cyclists of all level, including mixed ability groups and families looking for a trip with a difference.

Planning to Cycle Hadrian's Wall

Our route, including transfer to the start point from Newcastle.

Our route, including transfer to the start point from Newcastle.

Macs Adventure can tailor trips to suit, including accommodation in welcoming cycle-friendly hotels and B&Bs, plus daily baggage transfer to lighten the load and complete organisation. This includes all the maps, route-notes and guidebooks you'll need to complete the journey. We also include a transfer from Newcastle to the start of the cycle in Bowness (including bike and luggage transfers), to help planning your arrival and departure easier. Visit or contact info@macsadventure.com for more information on creating your ideal Hadrian's Cycleway itinerary.

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