Cycle Britain

Tour Overview.

From the industrial hub of Newcastle to the gothic Capital of Edinburgh. From the Tyne Estuary to the Forth. From England to Scotland. This is a route that cycles through stunning landscapes (several Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and intriguing history. Coast and Castles follows the jagged Northumberland coastline – one of unspoiled and expansive beaches and charming fishing villages – then crosses the Scottish border near Berwick-upon-Tweed to course through the Tweed Valley and navigate over barren moors.

As the title of this tour (Coast and Castles) suggests, this tour is not only about the scenery but also history. Visiting Dunstanburgh, Warkworth and Bamburgh Castle are always highlights. Lindisfarne, also known as Holy Island, is a tidal island with its causeway covered by waves twice a day. This is believed to be where Christianity first reached the UK in the 7th-century.

Cycle Britain

181 miles / 6 Days

This is a fully-supported tour. You’ll enjoy the support of our guides, who are qualified bike mechanics and first aiders, and our support vehicle, which carries your day-bag and transforms into a pop-up café to provide nutritious lunches and snacks. We also provide a detailed komoot plan for use with any mobile phone and maps to enable you to do the route self-guided.

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.

  • Alnmouth Beach
  • Beaches and Cafes
  • Farne Islands – boat trip to the islands
  • Lindisfarne Castle & Monastery, Holy Island
  • Bamburgh Castle

Summary of the Tour.

  1. Newcastle to Blyth (21.5 miles)

    Leave Newcastle along the North Bank of the Tyne Estuary, passing Newcastle's famous bridges.

  2. Blyth to Bamburgh (55.3 miles)

  3. Bamburgh to Berwick-upon-Tweed (33.9 miles)

  4. Berwick-upon-Tweed to Dunbar (34.5 miles)

  5. Dunbar to Edinburgh (36 miles)

    A wonderful final day

Itinerary.

Newcastle has a main line train station, trains from London take around 3 hours and are generally direct.There is long stay car parking in several of the municipal carparks in Newcastle, charges are around £8.00 /day (24hrs). If you are staying in Tynemouth, we have an arrangement with a local business for free parking for the duration of your trip.

Newcastle is one of the major cities in the UK and as such there is plenty to occupy you in and around the area.

The day starts with the obligatory photo at the start point at Newcastle Quayside to Tynemouth Priory (our 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 here it’s 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.

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, visit the castle and the priory.

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.

We then turn inland and follow the route to Coldstream, home of the Coldstream Guards and then to Kelso for your overnight.

Kelso is a lovely town on the junction of the Rivers Tweed and Teviot and is famous as a great salmon fishing location.

Dates and Prices.

  • 17th April -
    24th April 2021
    £725

Route.

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

What’s Included.

Fully-Supported Tour

The support vehicle moves all of your luggage between the accommodation. We also manage your day bag and ensure it’s available when and if you need something else.

Daily Luggage Transfer

We carry your bags between hotels so you don’t have to! When you arrive at the hotel your bags will be waiting in your room for you. We also manage your day-bag and ensure it’s available when you need something.

Cycle Britain Route on both Komoot & GPX along with detailed trip notes

We are an official partner with komoot and make you tour available once you have booked to check the full details of the tour. We provide GPX and TCX files. These can be transferred onto Garmin and Wahoo. Our detailed trip notes and use of komoot as well as guide mean you will not go far wrong.

Acommodation

Five nights stay in luxury 3* and 4* hotels or equivalent independent guesthouses.

Nutritious breakfasts, lunches and snacks.

After a hearty breakfast, the Alex Wagon becomes a pop-up cafe providing nutritious lunches, snacks, and sports drinks throughout your ride.

Unrivalled knowledge of cycling in Britain

We pride ourselves on being the experts on British cycling.

What’s Not Included.

A bike and helmet.

Please provide your own bike and helmet for this trip. Get in touch if you have any questions regarding whether your equipment is appropriate.

Travel Insurance.

We highly recommend you take out insurance.

Transport to Newcastle/from Edinburgh

This tour starts in Newcastle and finishes in Edinburgh. Both are easy to reach by car or train.

Evening meals.

We prefer to give you flexibility for your dinners.

Accommodation.

Five nights of accommodation in 3* and 4* hotels or high-quality independent accommodation. Our trips are operated on a twin-share basis but single rooms can be provided. Please contact us to request single room supplements of any special request and we will orgnsise this for you.

Trip Suitability.

This is a Grade 2 tour, which means it is suitable ‘for an electric bike or a cyclist that wants some but not too much challenge’. These routes are ‘flat and undulating at times. If you can cycle 40 miles then this is for you.’

The average daily distance is 30 miles. Over five days, you’ll climb 5,400 feet (1650 metres). 

Electric bike are welcome on this tour, which makes this it more accessible.

Gallery.

Frequently Asked Questions.

Can I arrive by train?

Yes, the train service is good but please note it may be necessary to book your bike onto the train.

Do you cater to vegan and vegetarian diets?

Absolutely! Inform us in advance of any dietary requirements and we will be glad to cater to you.

Can I charge my phone?

We have a charging station in the support van.

What level of fitness do I need?

This is a Grade 2 tour, which means it is suitable ‘for an electric bike or a cyclist that wants some but not too much challenge’. These routes are ‘flat and undulating at times. If you can cycle 40 miles then this is for you.’ The average daily distance is 30 miles. Over five days, you'll climb 5,400 feet (1650 metres). 

What level of support is offered?

This trip has full vehicle support meaning everything you need is taken care of and we will carry your bags between hotels. We provide breakfasts, lunches and snacks. Guides will accompany and lead you throughout.