This is a 150 mile coast to coast tour which crosses the path of the ancient roman frontier over the Pennines from the Irish Sea in the west to the North Sea in the East. This tour can be completed in two days or more, depending on how quick you can or want to cycle and is comfortably done in four days. Like all our tours we can amend Hadrian's Cycleway to suit your needs and wishes. It begins in Whitehaven, a charming Georgian coastal town built around a Marina, like many of the towns we pass cycling up the east coast to the Solway Firth, which separates Scotland and England, and is designated an Area of Outstanding natural Beauty (AONB). From here you turn inland Carlisle and the Pennines, passing through marshes and villages including Burgh by Sands – the village where Edward the First died, and where a statue of him stands to this day.
Next you pass through Carlisle with its impressive red castle, a northern fortress. Next you the road starts to climb, slightly at first, into the Pennines. You pass through many bucolic villages until you get to Lanercost and its famous priory. Not long after you encounter your first long stretch of Hadrian's Wall, and the views around are marvelous.
The road continues to climb into the hills passing many Roman ruins, forts and museums until you come to the highest point of the tour and the road descends down to the river Tyne. This river is your guide to the coast which tells you any serious climbing is behind you. The river takes you through lots of picturesque towns and villages including Hexham and Corbridge, before bringing you through the city of bridges that is Newcastle, with is beautiful quayside and city centre.
From here the river takes you out of the city towards the coast, passing the end of the wall in the aptly named town of Wallsend to Tynemouth, with it's castle and priory looking out over the North Sea from the cliffs that fall into the sea and the sandy beaches below. A lovely town and perfect for fish and chips
Airfare is not included in the tour price.
- accommodation (Bed and Breakfast),
- luggage transfer,
- maps and tour introduction,
- and transport back to the start point (or place of equivalent distance).
Bike rental, if needed, is £50 extra per person regardless of tour length and also includes helmet, pannier, lights, lock, inner tube, hi-viz vest and puncture repair kit. The bikes are fully serviced 24 speed hybrid bikes newly purchased this year. Extra nights are also available at the beginning, end or in the middle of the tour and costs £40 per person sharing.
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We are a small family run company cycling holiday, operating out of the Peak District in England. The owner are Shane and Kay Cody and we have been cycling in different parts of the world for the last ten year. Last year we set up a company to run cycling tours in England. Our tours are self-guided, supported and...
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