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Hadrian’s Cycleway

A self-guided cycling holiday along Hadrian’s Wall, from Bowness-on-Solway to Tynemouth.

2 to 4 nights
100 miles
Easy to Moderate / Demanding

From £210 per person

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About this route

Shadow the line of Hadrian’s Wall all the way from Bowness-on-Solway to Tynemouth. This 100-mile-long cycling holiday rolls across the green hills of Northumberland between welcoming villages with cosy inns, never straying far from the UK’s largest Roman monument.

Here, the sedimentary progression of history stands on full display, in the castles and churches built on the foundations of ruined Roman forts, and in the houses and towers crafted with stone from Hadrian’s Wall. Amplify the effect with visits to local Roman excavations, or focus instead on the countryside views and quiet, smooth roads.

Hadrian’s Cycleway promises a variety of landscapes and moderate climbs that provide an engaging but accessible challenge for all abilities, while keen historians will undoubtedly relish the opportunity to explore Hadrian’s Wall in its near entirety.

Interactive
Bowness-on-Solway / Tynemouth
100 miles (160 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Cycling from coast to coast along one of England’s oldest and most well-known historical landmarks, following in the footsteps of the ancient Roman legionaries.

Looking back over your journey along the largest ancient monument in northern Europe from the viewing platform in Segedunum.

Cycling up the slopes with the wind at your back, sampling views of green farmland and the spine of Hadrian’s Wall, and coasting down the descents along quiet country roads.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
C-HC1 From Bowness-on-Solway to Tynemouth 2 nights, 2 days riding Moderate / Demanding£210
C-HC2 From Bowness-on-Solway to Tynemouth 3 nights, 3 days riding Moderate£300
C-HC3 From Bowness-on-Solway to Tynemouth 4 nights, 4 days riding Easy£385

Hadrian’s Cycleway 2 nights, 2 days riding

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Elevation & terrain
  • Travel info
  • Weather
Start

Travel to Bowness-on-Solway where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Bowness-on-Solway to Once Brewed. 49.5 miles (79km)

Finish

Once Brewed to Tynemouth. 49.5 miles (79km)Depart from Tynemouth after completing the tour, or add an extra night in Tynemouth during the booking process for an extra charge

Your Itinerary

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than 2.5 miles from the trail to your accommodation.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

Solo Traveller Supplement
£35.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£28.00 per person / per night


You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Once Brewed)
£55.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 2 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

If you would like to add extra nights into your holiday to explore Hadrian's Wall and the surrounding areas more thoroughly, there are plenty of excellent destinations along the trail for you to choose from.

Bowness-on-Solway is a popular choice for an extra day and a perfect setting in which to relax and prepare for the start of your cycling holiday. This little seaside village lies within the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offering a wealth of gorgeous scenery to discover. Bird spotters will also enjoy the wide variety of birdlife that often makes their home among the sands, including oystercatchers, lapwings, redshanks and turnstones. Take a refreshing paddle in the sea and enjoy a well-earned day of recovery and relaxation before continuing on the trail.

Tynemouth is a great choice for an extra night, and would make a wonderful location in which to celebrate the end of your epic journey. Not only is there a great range of bars, restaurants and cafes to enjoy, but there is also a local physiotherapist and acupuncturist if you have some aches and strains in need of attention. For those looking for some gentle recovery exercise, there are plenty of options, from taking a dip in the local swimming pool, going for a gentle jog along the beautiful sandy beach, testing your skills at the golf course or simply enjoying a leisurely walk around the local area for a spot of sightseeing, making sure to visit the historical Tynemouth Priory and Collingwood Monument.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Once Brewed)
£55.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 100 miles (160 km)
Duration: 2 nights, 1 days riding
Minimum daily distance: 49.5 miles (79 km)
Maximum daily distance: 49.5 miles (79 km)
Code: C-HC1 Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Bowness-on-Solway
End of holiday: Tynemouth

Elevation & Terrain

Route profile

Hadrian’s Cycleway Route Profile

From Bowness-on-Solway the route is almost entirely flat until Warwick Bridge. From here on it rises and falls steeply through Haltwhistle and clambers all the way up to the route’s highest point at Crindledykes, 256 metres above sea level.

It's then a long, undulating descent from here down to Newbrough, broken by a hard but short ascent at Fourstones. Only one noteworthy climb remains, leading into Ovingham, and this is barely moderate in difficulty after the hills that have preceded it.

Terrain

  • Smooth, low-traffic roads
  • Country lanes
  • Dedicated traffic-free cycle paths
  • Promenades
  • Riverside paths

Hadrian’s Cyclepath rarely strays from good tarmac roads. When it does, it keeps to well-surfaced tracks.

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major cities and international airports are Newcastle and Manchester.

By Rail - The nearest railway station to the start of the trail (Bowness-on-Solway) is Carlisle (about 15 miles away).

From London - There are frequent trains running between London Euston and Carlisle/Newcastle. A taxi will need to be booked to take you to/from Bowness-on-Solway.

Return to the Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the route is to take a train from Newcastle to Carlisle. You will then need to take a taxi to Bowness-on-Solway from Carlisle Railway Station.

Please note:

Most train lines will allow for bikes to be taken on board. We advise that you check on https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ as you may need to book a space for your bike or there may be a limit as to how many bikes the train can store.

Most buses in the UK are unable to store bikes on board, so we would recommend avoiding this form of transport.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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