Cycle Britain

Tour Overview.

Discover the region’s tumultuous history, which arises from its precarious position on the English-Scottish border and has left behind grand castles that bear witness to centuries of war. Bamburgh and Lindisfarne Castles are highlights! For a more peaceful history, ride the road (only revealed at low tide) to Lindisfarne, also known as Holy Island. Saint Aidan chose the tidal island as the location for his monastery in 635AD and it soon became a centre of Christian evangelism.

The Northumberland coastline is one endless stretch of sand and dunes, seldom interrupted except for quintessential fishing villages such as Craster or Seahouses. Your journey allows abundant opportunities to stroll along desolate beaches and wander around quaint and timeless harbours.

We pride ourselves on providing an outstanding service that guarantees to exceed your expectations. Choose from 3 levels of assistance; we offer fully-supported and fully-guided, vehicular support, and self-guided itineraries. Whichever you choose, we’ll organise the logistics so all you must do is enjoy the ride!

Cycle Britain

70 miles / 3 Days

Choose from three levels of support; fully-guided, vehicle-supported or self-guided. For all tours, we provide a detailed komoot plan for use with any mobile phone.

We keep our groups small, 8 – 12 riders, as this allows us to cater to different levels of fitness and riding experience. If you have your own group, however, we would be happy to arrange a special weekend for you. Just get in touch!

Coast to Castles is a designated route on the National Cycle Network. It is designed to be perfect for beginners as an introductory long-distance tour. The route mostly follows quiet roads and cycle paths or bridleways. Some sections are off-road along grassy lanes or the edge of fields. 

Tour Highlights.

  • Ride on quiet roads through Northumberland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
  • Visit Castles in Warkworth, Dunstanburgh, Bamburgh, Lindisfarne and Berwick-upon-Tweed.
  • One of England’s best-loved coastlines. Endless sweeps of golden sand and remote, forgotten beaches.
  • Ride the tidal road out to Lindisfarne (Holy Island¬). From here, Christianity spread around Britain.
  • Quaint Fishing Villages; Alnmouth, Seahouses, Craster.
  • Take a boat trip to the Farne Islands to ogle puffins and seals.
  • Making new friends and enjoying the camaraderie of riding in a group of up to 12.
  • Exceptional service that exceeds your expectations.
  • Choose from 3 levels of assistance. Whichever you choose, we’ll organise the logistics so all you must do is enjoy the ride!

Summary of the Tour.

  1. Newbiggin-by-the-Sea to Alnmouth (20.1 miles)

    Keep the sea on your right and pedal north! Today’s route hugs the coast and allows plentiful opportunities to explore the unspoilt beaches of Druridge Bay. Facing out to sea, gaze left and right; this swathe of sand extends to the horizon in both directions! Perhaps stop for lunch in Amble which crowds around a bustling harbour filled with seafood shacks and eateries. From your table, you might just spot the fishermen heading out to sea to collect your Catch of the Day! After passing Warkworth’s impressive castle, you’ll enter the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the views continue to improve. In Alnmouth, pastel-coloured houses sit along the River Aln. It’s a postcard-perfect village to spend the night in.

  2. Alnmouth to Bamburgh (24.6 miles)

    After 3 miles you’ll arrive in Boulmer, a small fishing village that has lagged behind the developments of the previous century. You’d be forgiven for thinking you had gone back in time, a view reinforced by passing through the tiny hamlet of Howick - Blink and you’ll miss it! Today’s route twists and turns further inland to avoid the busier coastal road, however, short detours lead to the quaint fishing villages of Craster and Seahouses and to the sandy sweep of Embleton Beach. From Seahouses, we can arrange a boat trip to the remarkable Farne Islands to spot seals and puffins – just get in touch if interested! Arrive in Bamburgh allowing enough time to explore what is possibly England’s most striking coastal castle. Towering 150 feet above the beach, the castle offers the same views out to sea and along the coast that it has since being built 1,400 years ago.

  3. Bamburgh to Berwick-upon-Tweed (24.9 miles)

    One of today’s highlights is bound to be a detour to Lindisfarne (also known as Holy Island). Only connected to the mainland at low tide, we’ll provide you with appropriate arrival and departure timings for your trip. You’ll have enough time to visit Lindisfarne Castle, and the Priory from where Saint Aidan spread the Christian message in the 7th century. Just be sure to return to the mainland before waves conceal the road! From Lindisfarne, the route again keeps close to the coastline until you finish in Berwick-upon-Tweed. Berwick-upon-Tweed is currently England’s northernmost town, but over the years the town has changed hands between England and Scotland a whopping 14 times! That fact explains the town’s unmissable fortifications; the castle, barracks and city wall all evidence this violent past. We’ll arrange a transfer from Berwick-upon-Tweed back to Newbiggin-by-the-Sea to complete your trip.

Itinerary.

Coast and Castles. There’s plenty of both on this trip. Expect scenic seascapes punctuated with dramatic history.

Let’s discuss the ‘coast’ first. After all, over the next three days it’s never far away! You’ll pedal along the unspoilt beaches of Druridge Bay and Embleton Beach, visit the bustling harbour of Amble, pass the tiny fishing villages of Boulmer, Craster and Seahouses, and take a detour to Lindisfarne (Holy Island).

Throughout, you’ll also visit some of England’s most dramatic castles. Warkworth Castle, Bamburgh Castle, Lindisfarne Castle, Berwick-upon-Tweed Castle. Their names alone evoke images of an earlier, medieval era when large fortifications were required to keep the peace!

Dates and Prices.

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Route.

All our routes are available to our Komoot followers.  Follow Cycle Britain on Komoot.

What’s Included.

Accomodation

Three nights of high-quality accommodation.

Three Levels of Assistance

o Fully-supported tours come with a dedicated guide and vehicle support.
o Vehicle-supported tours mean the Cycle Britain van will assist you throughout the day and carry your bags to your hotel.
o Self-guided tours allow you freedom to choose your pace, however, we will take care of all logistics, providing you with a GPX file, route notes, hotel bookings and baggage transfer.

Vehicle Transfer

We will transfer you from Berwick-upon-Tweed back to Newbiggin-by-the-Sea.

Unrivalled knowledge of cycling in Britain.

We pride ourselves on being the experts on all matters British Cycling.

Free nutrition, training, and bike setup guides.

To help you prepare for this demanding tour, we provide information on what to eat, how to train, and how to setup your bike.

What’s Not Included.

Bike and helmet

We can help arrange bike hire if required.

Transfer to/from Newbiggin-by-the-Sea

Newbiggin-by-the-Sea is easy to reach by road or rail. If arriving by car, we can assist with finding long-stay car parking.

Pre-tour accommodation in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea.

If you wish to arrive the day before the cycling begins, get in touch and we will be glad to arrange this for you.

Travel Insurance

We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance.

Food.

We can suggest different restaurants and places to eat or drink.

Accommodation.

We provide three nights of accommodation in guesthouses and hotels where we’re certain you’ll find warm hospitality and enjoy a comfortable and memorable stay. Each night’s accommodation is in a great location with plenty of options for dinner and a variety of sights to see!

Trip Suitability.

This is a Grade 1 tour, which means it is suitable ‘for those new to cycling who can ride a bike and are aspiring to do something challenging.’ These routes are ‘gently undulating’ and ‘the aim is to enjoy the outdoors on a relaxed tour’.

The average daily distance is 23 miles and includes daily climbs between 450 –775 feet (135 – 235 metres). Your e-bike will flatten these hills and make the journey extremely enjoyable.

This tour has been designed with E-bike riders in mind, however, if you are a fit cyclist and want a leisurely weekend adventure, we welcome you with whatever bike you choose.

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Frequently Asked Questions.

What level of fitness do I need?

This is a Grade 1 tour, which means it is suitable ‘for those new to cycling who can ride a bike and are aspiring to do something challenging.’ These routes are ‘gently undulating’ and ‘the aim is to enjoy the outdoors on a relaxed tour’. Check out the coaching section for more information.

How do I charge my e-bike batteries?

All accommodation has been selected because it has the facilities to charge e-bike batteries overnight.