Hadrian’s Cycleway

ecocabs is located in the heart of stunning Northumberland, based approximately halfway along this beautiful and historic route.  With 10 years of experience in bicycle holidays, we are the ones with the knowledge and experience needed to help you to discover the natural, and man made, wonders that our surrounding areas have to offer. 

The Route

Many keen cyclists flock to the area each year to travel the much heralded C2C route; with climbs of 600m above sea level, the many sections of protruding rocks and loose stones make it an exciting challenge. It is worth bearing in mind that this trial can be more strenuous for lesser experienced riders to maintain rhythm. Hadrian’s Cycleway is becoming an increasingly popular route with more riders discovering this as a quieter alternative that maintains the same thrill – as well as offering a catalogue of interesting sites – that the higher trail is known for.

Hadrian’s Cycleway is ideal for riders who have the ability to withstand and endure adverse environmental conditions. The majority of the route is on-road, with only a few short, bumpy sections at the Roman ruins of Vindolanda. It leads into the small town of Haltwhistle – the geographical centre of Britain. The route broadly follows Hadrian’s wall from coast to coast, with the climb being no more than 250m, it makes the journey pleasurable throughout.

Starting your journey at the Glannaventa Roman Bath House, the peaceful roads and off-road paths pass through the linear village’s of Holmrook and Seascale, before turning away from the coast and into the market town of Egremont.

During your adventure there are many iconic sites you may wish to stop at and enjoy. For example, you could breath in the sea-air at the heart of the Solway Coast area at the Victorian seaside town of Silloth – home to a huge array of birdlife, wild plants and rare wildlife.  If a break would be welcomed after the uneven pathway through Vindolanda, you may take a walk over the remains of the ancient bathhouses or watch over, in amazement, the ongoing archaeological excavation sites. There are also many museums along the wall, with many of them being relatively compact and able to be explored in a relatively short amount of time. 

The historic market town of Brampton is a favourite stop point during many tour’s; with exciting photograph opportunities at the ‘Old Town Iron Stocks’ (used to punish local miscreants), the stunningly intricate stained glass windows at St Martins Church, and the many building plaques proudly proclaiming the famous names who have inhabited them through the decades, including; Charles Dickens, Oliver Cromwell & Prince Charlie. The village is relatively flat and the quiet roads are well maintained, making it a pleasurable ride throughout. 

Finish your escapade by travelling downhill towards the wondrous Tynemouth Priory, overlooking the magnificent views of the river entrance at of Grade II listed, 900 meter Tynemouth Pier, The priory features moated castle-towers and ruins of the Benedictine priory where the early Northumbrian Kings were buried. 

What We Can Offer

  • Bike transfer from Tynemouth or Newcastle Central Station to Ravenglass to start your trip (other pick up locations available on request)
  • All baggage transfers between accommodation
  • Route Maps and GPX file
  • List of bike shops and places to visit en-route
  • Phone support available from 7am to 10pm daily
  • Emergency support – to help you in your moment of need
  • Transfer from Tynemouth to Newcastle at the end of the experience
  • Transfer for riders and bikes to your home or accommodation

Route Highlights

  • Ride from coast to coast, along the entire length of Hadrian’s Wall
  • Explore the historic forts, turrets and museums of this World Heritage Site
  • Travel through quaint villages, historic market towns and bustling cities
  • Experience the unspoiled Northumberland landscapes, taking in some of the most dramatic and wild countryside in England

Why Choose This Route?

  • It provides an interesting and quiet alternative route which passes through glorious countryside, taking in a series of impressive Roman sites on the way.
  • The route travels through a variety of landscapes and has strong aspects of military, social, industrial and economic history to observe while cycling.
  • The scenery is superb throughout and the hills more manageable than the popular C2C, making it accessible to a greater range of fitness levels.

Accommodation Recommendations

Hadrian’s Cycleway is a route which can take anywhere between 1-4 days to complete. It is important that your evening accommodation is reached in a safe, enjoyable manner, therefore we can provide you with a few recommendations for you to consider depending on your planned daily mileage. 

ecocabs and ecocabs cycles work both in the public and private sectors, working with some of the largest employers in the North East. We can offer accommodation booking and full package services but unfortunately only with corporate clients due to the hands on approach we take in all aspects of our business.  If you would like to know more about  ecocabs cycles corporate support please see here.

Areas covered

  • Ravenglass
  • Whitehaven
  • Workington
  • Maryport
  • Silloth
  • Bowness on Solway
  • Carlisle
  • Wetheral
  • Brampton
  • Gilsland
  • Greenhead
  • Haltwhistle
  • Bardon Mill
  • Haydon Bridge
  • Hexham
  • Corbridge
  • Newcastle
  • Tynemouth
  • South Shields