Ravenglass to Tynemouth in 4 days Cycling Code: HC5
We have a total of three holidays on Hadrian's Cycleway. They all cover the whole route, taking from 3 to 5 days, depending on how far you want to cycle each day, and how much time you want to look around.
Of all our Hadrian’s Wall cycling holidays this is the middle length ride, covering the whole route in just 4 days.
The Glannavanta Roman Bath House in Ravenglass is the starting point; from here the route heads northwards along the Cumbrian coast, before turning inland to the historic city of Carlisle.
You will then cycle alongside rivers and quiet country lanes and through woodland, before reaching the dramatic and wild countryside of Northumberland National Park. Witness for yourself the amazing views of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty before following the river Tyne to the finish.
|Day 1||Travel to Ravenglass for your first nights accommodation|
|Day 2||Ravenglass to Allonby||40||64|
|Day 3||Allonby to Carlisle||45||72|
|Day 4||Carlisle to Hexham||49||79|
|Day 5||Hexham to Tynemouth||40||64|
|Day 6||Depart from Tynemouth after breakfast|
Ravenglass – Allonby
The ride starts in the small port of Ravenglass, home of the Glannavanta Roman Bath House. It then follows the coastline through the old industrial coastal towns of Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport whilst admiring the views of the Lake District fells to the north. Your overnight stop will be in Allonby.
Allonby – Carlisle
Here the route meets the Solway Coast, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it then takes you through some fantastic coastal scenery to Bowness-on-Solway, at the mouth of the Solway Firth estuary. You then head inland towards the historic city of Carlisle with its castle and cathedral.
Carlisle – Hexham
After which you cycle alongside rivers and quiet country lanes, through woodland and past places of interest such as Lanercost Priory, Birdoswald Roman Fort, Walltown Crags and Roman Army Museum, before descending into Haltwhistle.
Just after leaving Haltwhistle you will cycle past Twice Brewed where nearby is Vindolanda, an excavated Roman fort and museum, which is definitely worth a visit. Much of the old wall exists between Haltwhistle and Corbridge and it is certainly worth taking your time to look along some of the most spectacular sections of the wall. Tonight’s stop is in Hexham.
Hexham – Tynemouth
The route then continues pleasantly through the picturesque and wild countryside of the Northumberland National Park which offers views of the North Pennines area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You then follow the river Tyne onto Tynemouth and the end of this ride.
There are several rocky sections along this route which should be easy enough to tackle for most reasonably fit people. Goat Fell has a sheer drop on one side on the descent and a river crossing via stepping stones, this can be avoided in bad weather or for people with vertigo by taking the low route. The paths along the shore are not always clear but as the route follows the coast it is hard to get lost. As some sections are impassable at high tide it is important to check the tides before setting off. If in doubt use the alternative routes.
Terrain: A coastal path with a mostly rocky shoreline, some road sections (not very busy) and forest tracks. Depending on the tide the route can be sandy or shingly with some boulder fields that are slow going and can be tiring. Consider an itinerary with shorter days than you would normally choose to allow for this.
What’s it like underfoot? A mixture of road, rocky shoreline (which can be slippery after high tide or in wet weather) forest tracks and some constructed paths. A few sections may be muddy after heavy rain.
How Much Up & Down? Mostly flat, apart from the Goat Fell option which involves a climb of 874 meters (there is a get out at 630 meters). The alternative forest route between Lagg and Whiting Bay rises up to 250 meters.
Signposting: There is little signposting on the route.
Navigation: A compass is required if you do the Goat Fell section – the map is sufficient for the coastal paths.
Weather: You may be lucky enough to encounter warm, dry weather over the whole route and enjoy dry paths and tremendous views, but you must be prepared because the weather can change quickly. Good clothing and waterproofs are essential, but don't forget your sunhat, sunblock and shorts!
|Accommodation||Overnight Bed and Breakfast accommodation in selected hotels, farmhouses, village inns, guest houses and family B&Bs.
Full English or Continental breakfast.
|Guidebook||A detailed guidebook with route information, maps, photos and background information, including details of services to be found along the route. For example, cash points, banks, post offices, village shops, inns, cafes and telephones.|
|Maps||The appropriate map(s) covering the entire route|
|Personal Itinerary||A personal itinerary setting out each overnight stop, including large scale maps of each accommodation, to ensure you find it easily.|
|Emergency Telephone Support||Should you get in to difficulties during your holiday.|
|15% discount at Cotswold Outdoors||We will issue you with a 15% Discount Card valid at all Cotswold Outdoor stores for the whole year on confirmation of your booking.|
|Luggage Transport||We will transfer your luggage between each overnight stop – if you leave your luggage at the accommodation when you set off in the morning, it will be moved on to your next B&B. You only need to carry a small day sack with the clothes and provisions you require during the day’s cycling.|
|Provided for each day’s cycling if required.|
|Off Road Parking||If you are travelling by car we can usually arrange off road parking for the duration of your trip. (There may be a small charge for this).|
|Arrangement of return transport||We can also arrange your transfer back to your car, (or advise you when public transport is a better option).|
Good accommodation and friendly hosts are an essential part of any holiday. We understand this and go out of our way to find the best. We put a great deal of effort into hand picking our accommodation and matching it to individual customer requirements. As well as visiting the accommodation ourselves, we ask all our customers to complete a short evaluation on each night’s accommodation, which then gives us an insight in to the day-to-day operation, and lets us spot any potential issues before they become a problem.
We use a variety of accommodation, including small country house hotels, guest houses in market towns, bed and breakfasts in farm houses, country cottages and Victorian town houses. In selecting the accommodation we look for helpful, friendly hosts with good quality, characterful accommodation close to the trail. For example, over the course of your trip you might stay in a village inn, a bed and breakfast in a converted barn, a Victorian guest house, on a working farm, and in a Georgian hotel.
We always try to arrange en suite accommodation, i.e. rooms with their own bathrooms for each night of your stay. However, in some of the more remote locations accommodation is limited and occasionally we may have to book rooms with shared bathrooms for one or two nights of your holiday, (especially if the booking is made at short notice), but we will always let you know if this is likely to be the case.
Carlisle is an historic border city, complete with castle and cathedral. Tullie House Museum has a lot of Roman artefacts and is worth a visit. The cathedral was founded in 1122 and is open every day. The castle has dominated the city for 9 centuries, and also houses a military museum – there are guided tours daily. There are plenty of shops and lots of places to eat or have coffee.