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Crumbling turrets and beautiful landscapes – Hadrian's Cycleway

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Crumbling turrets and beautiful landscapes – Hadrian's Cycleway

Bike Touring Collection by komoot

3-6

days

3-6 h

/ day

191 mi

6,850 ft

6,750 ft

A northern frontier which protected the world’s most infamous empire for three centuries, Hadrian’s Wall is a fascinating relic of Roman history stretching across the north of England. This Collection guides you along Hadrian’s Cycleway in seven stages where you can cycle in the footsteps of history.

Starting from the Glannaventa Roman Bath House on the outskirts of Ravenglass in Cumbria, Hadrian’s Cycleway leads 170 miles (274 km) through fascinating history to Tyneside, on the North Sea.

Along the way, you will not only cycle through Britain’s past, but also through spectacular nature: gushing rivers, undulating hills, luscious grazing pastures, and shimmering lakes await you as you ride.

With 2090 meters (6857 feet) of elevation gain over the seven stages, Hadrian’s Cycleway is a popular alternative to other hillier Coast to Coast bike routes. It may be flatter, but it is no less beautiful, passing stunning shoreline, the Lake District and Northumberland National Parks and through the Pennine hills.

Thanks to its gentle climbs as well as mixture of quiet country lanes, traffic-free cycle lanes, and gravel paths, Hadrian’s Cycleway is suitable for all levels of riders – whether you are looking for a fun family cycle ride or some serious leg training. Most bikes are suitable for this route, but you may want to choose a chunkier alternative to your slick racing tyres.

Each stage of the Collection starts and ends in a town or city with plenty of accommodation and eating choices to make your adventure even more pleasant. Many of the towns also have a train station so you can conveniently complete the stages one at a time.

To reach the start of the Hadrian’s Cycleway in Ravenglass, you can travel by train via Carlisle. With direct trains from Glasgow, Lancaster, London Euston, and Edinburgh, Carlisle is well connected with the rest of the UK.

All that is left is to set off on your adventure; the towering turrets, ancient bath houses, and stone watchtowers that once served thousands of Roman soldiers have since crumbled along with the Roman empire, but their legacy remains.

For more train tickets and timetables, visit: thetrainline.com/stations/carlisle
For more information about Hadrian’s Wall, visit: hadrianswallcountry.co.uk

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    02:45
    26.8 mi
    9.8 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Your first day of cycling the Hadrian’s Cycleway from Ravenglass to Tyneside is steeped in history. Today, you will visit the crumbling walls of fortresses built in the 11th century …

  • Intermediate
    03:16
    32.8 mi
    10.1 mph
    800 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A fresh sea breeze, spectacular views over the moody Irish Sea, and picturesque coastal towns – with the sea never far away, stage two of Hadrian’s Cycleway leads you 30 …

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  • Intermediate
    03:11
    34.7 mi
    10.9 mph
    475 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On your third stage cycling the Hadrian’s Cycleway, you will be captivated by ancient history and beautiful nature. This 34 mile (55 km) stretch, leads you along the coast, passing …

  • Difficult
    03:20
    32.0 mi
    9.6 mph
    1,725 ft
    1,400 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Stage four of Hadrian’s Cycleway leads you from the former Roman stronghold city Carlisle to Haltwhistle. Today, you will leave the flat coastal scenery behind you as you cycle into …

  • Intermediate
    02:22
    23.3 mi
    9.9 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,575 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Imposing watchtowers, crumbling defensive walls, and ancient manuscripts – today you will cycle in the footsteps in the Roman Empire. Stage five of the Hadrian’s Cycleway takes you 23 miles …

  • Difficult
    01:59
    17.9 mi
    9.0 mph
    950 ft
    750 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Covering 17 miles (28 km), stage six is the shortest section of your adventure along the Hadrian’s Cycleway, leaving plenty of time to explore the magnificent castles along the route. …

  • Intermediate
    02:11
    23.4 mi
    10.7 mph
    475 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Your final stage of adventure cycling the Hadrian’s Cycleway from Ravenglass to Tyneside takes you through the extraordinary city of Newcastle Upon Tyne to the waters of the North Sea. …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    191 mi
  • Duration
    19:02 h
  • Elevation
    6,850 ft6,750 ft
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Crumbling turrets and beautiful landscapes – Hadrian's Cycleway