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Cycling the Reivers Trail across North Britain

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Cycling the Reivers Trail across North Britain

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£0/ £367

Tour Period

All year round

Tour Nights


Tour description

A four centre self-guided inn to inn cycle tour following the Reivers Trail across Northern England and Scottish Borders. Includes; 4 night's bed and breakfast in guesthouse or small hotel accommodations, 3 days cycling with transfer of luggage each day. Also detailed route map & notes with street maps to help you find each accommodation, plus transport back to the start for you and your bikes at the start or end of the tour.
The Reivers Cycle Route is an exciting way to discover the best of Northern England’s scenery. Starting in Tynemouth the route uses quite country roads with great views of the Cheviot Hills before heading towards Tyndale and Kielder. Forest trails lead to the Scottish border near Newcastleton before following the River Lyne valley to the historic border city of Carlisle. Miner roads skirt the northern edge of the Lake District fells through Cockermouth, Workington and finish in Whitehaven. This cycle route is named after the Border Reivers; families from both sides of the border between Scotland and England who terrorised each other and the whole region, living by robbery, cattle rustling, kidnap and murder.

Sample schedule

TOUR START and FINISH: Tynemouth.

ARRIVAL DAY: You can travel to Tynemouth by train or car, car parking can be arranged. Your first nights’ accommodation is close to the start of the cycle route. There are many places to eat in the town from fish and chip shops to traditional pubs and restaurants (meals not included in the tour price). Overnight Tynemouth, Northumberland.

3 nights cycling the Reivers Trail Tynemouth to Whitehaven 4 nights cycling the Reivers Trail Tynemouth to Whitehaven

DAY ONE: Tynemouth to Kielder Distance approx. 60 miles (97km). A very flat start takes you along the river Tyne through North Shields on mainly traffic-free cycleways to Ponteland. Then minor country roads gently rise to the gateway of the Northumberland National Park at Bellingham. This is the heart of Reiver country quite remote in the upper Tyne valley, just before Kielder is your next overnight stop. The Inn has a bar and restaurant for your evening meal and a few pints will have been well earned (meals not included in the tour price). Overnight Falstone, Northumberland.

4 nights cycling the Reivers Trail Tynemouth to Whitehaven. Veiw of Keswick & Derwent Water

DAY TWO: Falstone to Carlisle. Distance approx. 49miles (79km).. Today’s dramatic ride starts with the dominating expanses of Kielder Water and Kielder Forest. A choice of route here takes on either side of the reservoir with refreshment points to stock-up before a wild and remote section. Close to the Scottish border there is a stiff climb to just less than 400 meters before a steady downhill leads to your next overnight stop Carlisle. Your evening meal can be obtained from large variety of cafés, restaurants and pubs in the busy city centre (meals not included). Overnight Carlisle, Cumbria.

FINAL DAY: Carlisle to Whitehaven. Distance approx 52miles (84km). Heading away from the border lands towards the Lake District a traffic-free cycleway then quite country roads pass through villages like Dalton, Hesket Newmark and Caldbeck all with great pubs. But don’t drink too much because there is another hill to climb skirting Caldbeck Fell to Longlands. Dropping down the route takes you through Cockermouth then a nice easy section along a disused railway to Workington and your final destination Whitehaven. There are plenty of places to choose from for your evening meal (meals not included). Overnight Whitehaven, Cumbria.

DEPARTURE DAY: After breakfast you and your bikes will be picked up from the guesthouse and transported back to Tynemouth.

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Grade Description

GRADE B cycling: Between 49 - 60 miles (79 - 97kms) 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.

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In 2006 My wife and I decided on a cycling vacation in England. We researched the 
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an easy decision when we started to plan this year cycling vacation. This trip will be 
this June when we cycle the Coast to Castle route.
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around Vancouver) and know the details that must go into the planning process, such 
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cycle and enjoy the scenery.
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