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5 Days Self Guided South Coast and Castles Cycling Holiday in UK
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Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, North East England, England, UK

Historical Cycling Holiday in UK

The whole purpose of this ride is not to put in as many miles as you can each day, but to enjoy the beauty and history that surrounds you. The whole area has a history of feudal warfare dating back over a thousand years, you will still see the legacy of this in the castles and fortified farms (Bastles) that still stand today on both sides of the border. Ride and find the stunning scenery in every corner!

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Lodging: Point to Point
  • Terrain: Minor roads, cycle paths, offroad, and moderate climb
  • Starts in: Newcastle
  • Ends in: Edinburgh
  • Difficulty level: Moderate (Cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometime,31-45 miles per day)
  • Total Distance: 165 Miles / 263 Kilometers
  • Type of bike: Hybrid bike
  • E-bike: Available to rent / 125 GBP per 3 days, additional days: 30 GBP / day

Highlights

  • 4 days of riding
  • Maps and route notes
  • Baggage transfers during the tour
  • Plenty of historical interests along the route
  • Certification and emergency recovery
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Full cooked breakfasts
  • Airport transfers

Styles


4 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Newcastle Airport
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Accommodation

Unlike some other operators, Pedal Power Cycling only use good quality, cycle friendly, and ensuite accommodation that is on or close to the cycle route. Every accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis. Prices are based on twin or double rooms with single room options available. For numbers greater than eight or for families sharing a family room, please call Pedal Power Cycling for more information.

Program

Day 1: Arrive in Newcastle

Newcastle is one of the major cities in the UK and as such, there is plenty to occupy you in and around the area. Newcastle has a mainline train station. Trains from London take around three hours and are generally direct. There is long stay car parking in several of the municipal car parks in Newcastle, charges are around 8 GBP per day (24 hours). If you are staying in Tynemouth, Pedal Power Cycling has an arrangement with a local business for free parking for the duration of your trip.

Day 2: Newcastle / Tynemouth to Warkworth (74 kilometers / 46 miles)

The day starts with the obligatory photo at the start point at Newcastle Quayside to Tynemouth Priory (the preferred start point). From here, you will basically follow the coastline with the sea on your right all the way up to Warkworth. One the way, you will pass through some industrial areas around Blyth, before you hit the open road in earnest and take the off road tracks to the stunning beach at Druridge Bay and nature reserve. From there, it is a short ride to the fishing port of Amble and a 10-minute ride up the side of the River Coquet to Warkworth. You will see the castle on the skyline. Overnight in Warkworth, there are some lovely walks along the river.

Day 3: Warkworth to Holy Island (69 kilometers / 43 miles)

Today, you will start to see the true beauty of Northumberland. Firstly, the picturesque painted village of Alnmouth, then, follow the coastline to Craster (worth a short detour into the fishing village, famous for its kippers). Back on route, you will follow quiet country lanes until you reach the imposing castle at Bamburgh. Allow yourself some time to walk all around the castle, the views of the castle from the beach are stunning. There is a short climb out of the village to Belford, then it’s downhill to your overnight stay on Holy Island. Be aware of the crossing times. A walk around the island in the evening is a must and you can visit the castle and the priory.

Day 4: Holy Island to Dunbar (74 kilometers / 46 miles)

Ride off the island (when the tides allow you to) and head north once again, be aware the first section to Goswick is very sandy and not really suitable for road bikes. Follow the route to Berwick upon Tweed which is surrounded by a fortified way. You then cross the A1 main road and pick up the Route 76 which takes you over the border in to Scotland and down to the fishing port of Eyemouth. The coastal route is dotted with little villages and inlets until you reach your overnight destination of Dunbar.

Day 5: Dunbar to Edinburgh (46 kilometers / 30 miles)

It is a nice flat ride today, through East Linton, Haddington, and Musselborough before reaching Edinburgh.

Route maps and route notes

You will be given a genuine copy of the Sustrans Sea to Sea cycle route map to use throughout the ride and to keep for posterity. You will also get general information about the route, detailed maps of where your accommodation is each night, a list of cycle repair shops along the route, and emergency contact numbers in case of any major or minor mishaps. Pedal Power Cycling will also send you out a recommended list of what they believe you will require for your ride.

Emergency recovery

If you do have a disaster and are totally stuck, either physically, mentally, or mechanically, then Pedal Power Cycling offers an emergency recovery service (up to four-hour response) to get you off the route and to safety. The chargeable depending upon circumstances.

Certificate of completion

People like a “trophy” to prove that they have done something. At Pedal Power, everyone who completes the ride will receive a signed and dated certificate of completion to prove to those doubters back at home that you did do it. Pedal Power Cycling will also take photos at the start and finish of the ride of individuals and groups as required.

Baggage transfers

Pedal Power Cycling will pick-up your bag each day (one bag per person up to 15 kilograms), label it, and transfer it on to your next nights’ accommodation. If you have additional bags that you require transferred or bags that you want to be stored, Pedal Power Cycling can happily do that for you as well.

Bike hire

  • Giant Escape Hybrid
  • Giant Alight Hybrid

Location

Starting from Newcastle or Tynemouth, this UK cycling holiday route follows the eastern coastline through Northumberland, past Warkworth Castle, Bamburgh Castle, the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, up to the fortified Scottish border town of Berwick upon Tweed. From here, you stay along the rugged and rural east coast, through Eyemouth, Dunbar, and North Berwick to the imposing city of Edinburgh. This route can be ridden from north to south as easily as from south to north.

One of the highlights of this ride is to spend a night on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne (tide dependent). This island is cut off by the tides twice a day, however, when the tide is low there is a causeway that you can ride across on to the island, which has small hotels, pubs, cafes, shops and a small number of rentable rooms. When on the island you must sample the local “mead”.

As well as the stunning scenery around every corner, up the west coast and heading eastwards over the moorlands towards Newcastle, there are many places of historical interest to stop and see, a few of which are listed below:

  • Alnmouth Beach
  • Alnwick Castle and Gardens
  • Bamburgh Castle
  • Berwick Walls
  • Druridge Bay
  • Dunstanburgh Castle and Harbour (Craster)
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Lindisfarne Castle and Monastery (Holy Island)
  • Low Newton by the sea
  • Norham Castle
  • Paxton House
  • Tynemouth Priory

Food

You will be served full cooked breakfasts where vegetarian options are always available. Pedal Power Cycling also tries and ensure that there is always somewhere close by for you to have a decent evening meal and some light refreshments.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During your self-guided tour, you can make stops and see many places with historical interests along the route.

What's included

  • 4 days of riding
  • Maps
  • Route notes
  • Emergency recovery
  • Certificate of completion
  • Baggage transfers
  • Airport transfers to and from Newcastle Airport (NCL) or train station
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfasts

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Newcastle Airport (NCL). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Pedal Power Cycling will pick you up from the airport. They will supply you with transport to the start of the route or from the end of the route back to your vehicle, train station, or airport. They operate two fully licensed eight seater large minibusses and cycle trailers so that your ride across is in comfort.

Arrival by train

Newcastle has a mainline train station. Trains from London take around three hours and are generally direct. Pedal Power Cycling will also pick you up at the station.

Airport: Newcastle Airport Airport transfer included: Newcastle Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 17% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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