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Route Facts

Total distance: 174 miles (278 km)
Duration: 7 nights, 6 days cycling
Min daily distance: 18 miles (29 km)
Max daily distance: 38 miles (61 km)
Route code: C-RR3
Grade: Moderate
Season: 19th March - 15th October
Start of holiday: Tynemouth
End of holiday: Whitehaven

Itinerary Details

Day 1: Travel to Tynemouth where your first nights' accommodation has been booked

Day 2: Tynemouth to Ponteland (Northumberland). 18 miles (29km)

Day 3: Ponteland (Northumberland) to Bellingham. 32.5 miles (52km)

Day 4: Bellingham to Newcastleton. 32 miles (51km)

Day 5: Newcastleton to Carlisle. 38 miles (61km)

Day 6: Carlisle to Bassenthwaite. 28 miles (45km)

Day 7: Bassenthwaite to Whitehaven. 25 miles (40km)

Day 8: Depart from Whitehaven after breakfast

The itinerary above shows our preferred overnight stops, but if accommodation is not available at any one of these locations, we may alter the itinerary slightly.

Extra Nights / Rest Days

This National Cycle Route spans the breadth of the UK, taking in a wide variety of sights and scenery. As the landscape changes along the trail, so do the various towns and villages encountered along the way. With so many different locations to explore, a few extra nights might be just what you need to ensure you don't miss a thing on your adventure.

Tynemouth is a great choice for an extra night, and would make a wonderful location in which to prepare for the start 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 warm up 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.

Many people like to have an extra night's stay in Carlisle, the largest city in England, with a thriving community and fascinating history. Visit the award winning Tullie House Museum, the 12th century cathedral, the half-timbered guildhall that houses a local history museum and the vast medieval castle, with its ancient chambers, stairways and the dungeons that contain the infamous 'licking stones'. As well as these and all of the usual amenities, Carlisle is a fantastic destination for shopping, dining and getting pampered at a health centre in preparation for the remainder of your cycling holiday.

Dubbed the Georgian Gem of the North, Whitehaven is well worth an extra night to give you plenty of time to explore, and the perfect location in which to celebrate the completion of your cycling holiday. Not only is there a variety of eateries, health food shops, swimming pools and sports centres to ensure you are fully recovered from your adventure, but those interested in the local history will want to check out the various museums, as well as St Nicholas' Church, Whitehaven Castle and the old harbour, all found around the local area.

What's Included?

  • 7 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms with private bathrooms (where available) in selected hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • A comprehensive information pack containing maps and/or guidebooks, a full itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night, town plans, information about facilities and places of interest along the trail and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.
  • Emergency assistance.

Travel Information

Detailed travel information is sent to you in your holiday pack, but we have provided a summary below.

By Air
The most convenient major city and international airports are Newcastle, Manchester, and Leeds Bradford.

By Rail
There is a railway station at the start of the route (Whitehaven). The closest railway station to the end of the route (Tynemouth) is Newcastle Central (about 10 miles away).

From London - There is a regular train from London Euston to Whitehaven and Newcastle Central.

Please note that most train lines will allow for bikes to be taken on board. We advise that you check on 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.

By Car
For advice on driving to the start of the trail, please visit which has a very useful route planner.

Please note that most buses in the UK are unable to store bikes on board so we would recommend avoiding this form of transport.

Return to Start
The easiest way to return to the start of the route is by taking a train from Whitehaven to Newcastle. Then complete the journey by catching a metro to Tynemouth (please check website for cycle information:

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