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3 Riding Days
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Road / Hybrid / Mountain Bike
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2 - 3
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A
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The Hadrian's Wall Coast to Coast Full Itinerary 


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The Cycling - Introduction

Experience the feeling of achievement as you cycle right across the UK on this superb alternative to the main Coast to Coast cycle route. The Hadrian’s Wall C2C cycle ride is set to become a classic, taking a lower level but longer route from Whitehaven to Tynemouth. Total ride length is 151miles.

The Hadrian’s Wall C2C route is a fantastic way to cross Britain on a 3-day, fully signed and waymarked cycle journey. The hills are more rolling and slightly less demanding than the main C2C route, but the scenery is just as impressive, the historic interest is there too, and fit riders do have extra ride options open to them.

Highlights

  • 3-day journey makes a perfect long weekend
  • Housesteads Vercovicivm (Roman Fort)
  • Bag transfers so you can cycle light
  • Lovely accommodation and good food
  • Well planned – so you focus on cycling


Our Hadrian's Wall C2C & C2C Credentials
CycleActive has been running C2C holidays since 2000 and with our office based almost exactly on the middle of the route we think we know it better than anyone else. Our strong connections with local guesthouses means you get the best places to stay, best service and great food throughout your holiday. Our experience as a tour operator means everything runs smoothly, from start to finish, so you can relax and enjoy the journey.

If you want to find out more about the cycling, the route or anything else about the Hadrian's Cycleway C2C please just give us a call and speak to one of our team.

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Contact us to find out more or reserve your space:
Email: admin@cycleactive.com
Call: + 44 (0)1768 840400


 

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Day 1 - Arrival in Penrith 
 
Your trip begins on Thursday evening when you arrive at our chosen guesthouse in Penrith. Once you’ve checked in and received our rider pack you're free to try any of the numerous bars, cafes and restaurants in this bustling market town. With the guesthouse just a 2 minute walk from the centre, and 5 minutes from the station, you're perfectly located to enjoy your stay here. If you came by car, we'll show you where to park up for the whole weekend - you won't need it again until you head home.
 

Cycling: 0 miles
Accommodation: B&B Guest House, Penrith
Meals Included: None


 

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Day 2 - The Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 
 
After a huge breakfast of freshly cooked Cumbrian produce, you and your bike will be transported out to the start point of the Hadrian’s Wall C2C in Whitehaven, on the Irish Sea Coast. With detailed maps of the route, the benefit of good signing and advice from our expert staff, you should be fully equipped for the first leg of the journey. This first day of the Hadrian’s Wall C2C takes you north up the very impressive coast line of Cumbria and into the Solway coast area of outstanding natural beauty. The Solway Coast has an abundance of natural landscapes and is renowned for its spectacular sunsets. You'll also encounter a great number of traditional villages, as well as the focal town for this area - Silloth - which has a great selection of cafes for lunch time.
 
Today's ride ends in the district of Carlisle, giving you the chance to sample more great Cumbrian pub food.
 

Cycling: 62 miles (No hills, all flat)
Accommodation: B&B Guest House, The Border City, Carlisle
Meals Included: Breakfast


 

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Day 3 - Frontiers of the Roman Empire 
 
Another big breakfast sees you on the road, this time turning inland towards the goal of today, Northberland’s National Park. From the offset you follow the course of Hadrian’s Wall as you leave the border City of Carlisle. The Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site was inscribed by UNESCO as the most complex and best preserved of the frontiers of the Roman Empire and today you can fully appreciate these attributes on your ride through Hadrian’s Wall Country.
 
The scenery takes a dramatic change now, as the flatter areas of Cumbria become hillier as we ride through the valleys of the North Pennines and advance upon Haydon Bridge for our evenings stay. Your bags are once again moved on in front of you ready for your arrival. We keep the distance a little lower today to account for the visitor opening times at “Housesteads Vercovicium (Roman Fort)”. You’ll find the fort 8 miles on from Haltwhistle just off the route.
 
Entrance to the Fort is approximately £7 per adult.
The opening times are 10:00 - 18:00 (25 March - 30 September)
 

Cycling: 44 miles 
Accommodation: B&B Guest House, Haydon Bridge / Newbrough
Meals Included: Breakfast


 

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Day 4 - Haltwhistle – Tynemouth
 
The final leg of the journey takes you through the last of the Northumberland National Park. Soon the North Sea comes into view. You wind down through the quiet villages towards the outskirts of Newcastle, where a network of carefully planned tracks and trails ensure that you stay away from any major roads as you follow the Tyne into the city. This is a superb ride in itself – passing along the bustling waterfront where the famous Millennium Bridge, Baltic Gallery and The Sage are all located. 
 
CycleActive finish the Hadrian's C2C route at Tynemouth castle and priory, looking out across the harbour and into the North Sea.  If you arrive in good time, you may want to take the ferry en-route to South Shields and view the Arbeia Roman Fort before returning to North Shield via the same ferry.  We recommened an early breafast and a brisk start, as the Arbeia Roman Fort with crossings can add 2 hours to the ride.
 
North Shields - Tynemouth castle and priory is were you'll find our driver, waiting at 3pm in the "Spainish Battery car park" to bring you, your bags and bikes back to Penrith.  Congratulations are now in order, as you celebrate the success of your journey across Britain and return to Penrith for 6pm.
 

Cycling: 45 miles
Meals Included: Breakfast

 

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FURTHER INFORMATION
 
Choosing the Right Holiday
At CycleActive we carefully grade our trips according to both the level of fitness you need and, for mountain biking, the level of skill you need. We also offer personal advice to anyone who needs it, by email or on the phone, to ensure that you find a holiday suitable for your abilities and desires.
 
Fitness grade 2-3. This means you need to be a moderately fit cyclist as the Hadrian's C2C does involve three full days of cycling over hilly terrain. You can take your time as this tour is not guided, so you don’t have to stay at the pace of others, but you do need reasonable stamina. 
 
Skill grade A-B. The main C2C route follows backroads and well graded tracks so you do not need experience at off-road riding to be able to enjoy it. 
 
Geography & Climate
This is a ride through varied terrain and at different times of year it can be very warm or very cold. We recommend that you travel with a good variety of cycle clothing to allow for the range of temperatures. A full kit list will be sent to you on booking.
 
Accommodation & Food 
We have made this tour as comfortable as possible so you can enjoy a good place to finish each night, with a hot shower and tasty food. All guesthouses have been carefully selected by us and offer a very high level of service to all of our clients.
 
Cycling Support
This trip is unsupported and unguided so once you head out on your cycling days you are responsible for your own safety and your own journey from point to point. The route is well signed and there is a detailed map produced by Sustrans specifically for the route, so finding your way should not be a problem. We do give you contact details for our staff and the guesthouses, which you can use in an emergency, but extra transfers to collect you or drop you off may incur additional costs.
 
Cycle Rental
If you want to use your own bike we recommend either a road bike, mountain bike, a hybrid bike or a sturdy touring road bike. If you want to rent a bike please contact us to discuss your needs and we will reserve a bike for you. We use current model Trek mountain bikes, in excellent condition and fitted with fast rolling on/off road suitable tyres.

Clothing and Equipment
On booking, a detailed list of useful and essential items will be sent to you. You must bring your own cycle helmet that must be worn for all cycle rides. All clothing and equipment must be packed in one small to medium sized bag, either a soft holdall or soft rucksack. This is the maximum luggage allowed as all bags are carried in a minivan across the route and space is limited.

Pre-Travel Information
When you book a more detailed pre-travel pack will be sent to you with information on what to bring, where to go, which maps to buy and so on.
 

Testimonials

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A thoroughly enjoyable three days cycling from Whitehaven to the Solway then across to Tynemouth. A fairly flat first day followed by a more varied second and third day. There are several interesting sites near the route such as Vindolanda and Housesteads and other Roman heritage sites. Well run throughout from the baggage transfers to excellent B&Bs. Highly recommended!

Paul Condon


An out of this world bucket list holiday which is suitable for all ability groups. All you have to do is book and enjoy your ride.

Colin Johnson and Helen Mckenzi


This year we used CycleActive for the first time, as our previous provider had not improved their service. I found CycleActive to be a professionally run organisation. Easy to deal with, and all arrangements ran smoothly and promptly.

Helen Smith


A fun, challenging experience with great scenery, a great opportunity to meet other people and a fantastic sense of achievement on completion!

Karen Savage


CycleActive delivers the tour you dreamt of, with the views way more than you expected, on time and in budget.
Dont look just sign up for one...

Sean Maguire


Very well organised form start to finish with excellent riding,stunning scenery, excellent food and riding partners.

Terry Barsby


Another exhilarating trip with efficient service from cycle active to ensure we had a good place to rest each night and swift baggage and transport support. Looking forward to the next one. Thank you rich and the team

Helen Britten


Great cycling, beautiful countryside, well organised - and even good weather!

Dave Tweedie


A fantastic few days that stimulated, frightened and challenged. A sense of doing something special and rewarding at the end of it. Many thanks to all of you, your efforts on our behalf were very much appreciated

Jim Gray


The scenery was superb and the route avoided main roads which was perfect. Some really nice villages to cycle through

David Eccleston