Bike Tour visiting Hadrianís Wall in North England
Single / Double
Start Any Day April to October
A four centre self-guided cycle tour of Hadrian’s Wall in Northern England. 4 nights bed and breakfast accommodation, 3 days cycling, including transport to start of the ride from Newcastle, route guide and map. PLEASE NOTE: The only meal included in the tour price is breakfast.
Starting and finishing in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the city is easily reached by sea, air or by train. This cycling tour follows the course of Hadrian’s Wall across England through the Northumberland National Park and along the beautiful Tyne Valley. Your first night’s accommodation will be in the vibrant city of Newcastle, where you will return after the tour allowing you time to visit the many tourist attractions. The first morning after breakfast you will be transported with your bikes to the start of the cycle tour. The first day’s ride is to Haltwhistle which is only 14 miles, allowing you plenty of time to take in the sights and visit the various Roman sites including a Roman army museum. If you desire more cycling, there are many opportunities to add some circular rides onto the main route. The following day the route takes you to the busy market town of Hexham, a ride of about 22 miles. You will cycle along quiet country lanes through breathtaking countryside with many Roman sites to visit as you go. The final day of the ride is about 25 miles back to Newcastle, passing through the historic town of Corbridge on quiet country roads following the River Tyne. A fantastic traffic free cycle way right back into the centre of Newcastle is an excellent way to end this cycle tour.
START and FINISH: Newcastle-upon-Tyne is in the North East of England.
ARRIVAL DAY: At Newcastle where arrangements can be made to have your luggage picked-up so that you are free to use your bikes to get around for the rest of the day. Your first and last nights’ accommodations are in the City of Newcastle. This large vibrant city has many places to see and visit. If there is not enough time today you will have another opportunity to check out Newcastle when you return here after the bike tour. There are many places to eat in the town from fish and chip shops to luxury restaurants. Overnight: Newcastle, England.
DAY ONE: Newcastle to Haltwhistle. Minimum cycling distance 14 miles (23 km). After breakfast you will be picked up from the guesthouse and taken with your bikes to the start of the cycle route in the middle of the Northumberland National Park that seems to have changed little since the days of the Romans. This area of outstanding natural beauty is perfect for cycling, riding along minor roads through the dramatic rolling Pennine Hills. It is not long before you reach the first of many Roman sites that you will encounter on this tour, allowing plenty of time to visit The Roman Army Museum near Haltwhistle. There are opportunities to add extra cycling miles to the day should you wish to, with circular rides leading from the main route to explore. Haltwhistle is your next overnight stop, a small market town set in the upper South Tyne valley with fish and chip shops and traditional pubs to enjoy an evening meal. Overnight: Haltwhistle, Northumberland, England.
DAY TWO: Haltwhistle to Hexham. Distance approx. 22 miles (35 km). The main Roman sites you will pass today are the Vindolanda Fort and Chesters Cilvrnvm Fort. Both have refreshments available for the hungry or thirsty cyclist. The route takes you along quiet roads lined by dry stone walls through the beautiful lush green Northumberland countryside. Leaving the South Tyne Valley the route crosses over to the North Tyne Valley to visit the impressive Roman Fort at Chesters. This would be a good place to spend some time and possibly to have lunch. With only a short easy section to finish on today, this is a nice ride through broad leaved woodland to the busy market town of Hexham. With many places of interest in Hexham such as the Abbey in the shopping centre and a good selection of traditional pubs, restaurants and cafés, a good evening out is ensured. Overnight: Hexham, Northumberland, England.
DAY THREE: Hexham to Newcastle. Distance approx. 25 miles (40 km). Today the ride is very flat and easy, making for a perfect cycle ride, with the charming town of Corbridge the main place of interest on-route. This stone built town on the site of the Roman camp of Corstopitum is a real delight. The route continues following the River Tyne east, with beautiful Northumberland countryside all around you and many pretty little villages providing places to stop for refreshments or have lunch. The final section of the route joins a cycle way which is free from traffic. This enjoyable section takes you right into the centre of Newcastle. There is the option of continuing on this cycle way another 10 miles to Tynemouth. Arrangements can be made to pick you up and return you to the guesthouse with your bikes. With many places of interest to see along the quayside with restaurants, cafés and bars this is an excellent place to enjoy a good evening out and celebrate completion of the tour. Overnight: Newcastle, England.
FINAL DAY: Departure. The tour finishes in Newcastle after breakfast.
RAIL TRAVEL from LONDON to NEWCASTLE (NOT included in tour price): There is an hourly train service from London (Kings Cross) to Newcastle. The nearest international airport is Newcastle.
RAIL TRAVEL from NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE to LONDON (not included in tour price): There are half hourly train services from Newcastle to London.
ARRIVING and DEPARTING by EUROLINES or NATIONAL EXPRESS COACH: This is by far the cheapest option for long-distance travel in England, Scotland, and Wales. There are very convenient buses from each major airport. National Express carries over 16 million passengers to 1000 different places in the UK every year, and thousands more from destinations across Europe and Ireland. You can purchase an e-Ticket where you print your travel ticket online in a matter of minutes OR you can obtain an m-Ticket and have your travel ticket sent to your mobile phone - no paper ticket required. You then present this to the driver on arrival.
ARRIVING BY CAR: Please ask for details.
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GRADE C cycling: Between 22-26 miles (35-42kms) a day. The route is principally hilly at first with some steep climbs becoming very easy. We recommend that clients bring their own bicycle and equipment helmets, shoes and clothing. We can arrange for the hire of this, if required. The cost would be about £50 a day. You will start cycling about 10am and finish at approx. 4pm. These grades are for guidance only and will depend on weather conditions and your fitness.