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Cycle Hadrian's Wall
Thursday 14th - Sunday 17th June 2018

Join us this summer for a special 3-day ride through northern England’s most dramatic and wild countryside. See historic Roman forts, quaint villages and ancient castles, set in a stunning World Heritage Site containing the sweeping expanse of Hadrian's Wall itself. This cycle route has it all - and you only need to take one day off work!

Centurion photo © Sustrans

OVERVIEW

In AD 122 the Emperor Hadrian ordered a mighty defence system to be built across Britain against the barbarians to the North - the result was Hadrian's Wall, a 73 mile barrier stretching from the River Tyne in the east to the Solway Firth in the west. Two thousand years later, an established route now allows hikers, runners and cyclists to get up close to this amazing feature within a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cycle route itself is part of the National Cycle Network and in total is 173 miles long, starting in the western Lake District and following the coastline up to Carlisle before weaving in and out along Hadrian's Wall to finish at Tynemouth or South Shields.

However, there is a shorter and more relaxing route - starting at Bowness-on-Solway and finishing in Tynemouth (total distance 105 miles), and that's what you'll be doing on this three-day fully guided adventure! The route runs mainly on well-surfaced country lanes and quiet roads, interspersed with traffic-free paths, promenades and riversides. Although there are a few climbs to tackle, the route is relatively easy and suitable for all abilities - you'll be glad when you're at the top of a hill surrounded by magnificent scenery, looking down on a British cultural icon that people from all around the world travel to see!

You'll have plenty of time to rest, take pictures, sample the local cafes and pubs, and see the ancient historical sites that make this area so unique. You'll stop by Lanercost priory - one of the best preserved Cumbrian monasteries - Birdowald Roman Fort, the Roman Army Museum and Vindolanda, the dramatic escarpment of Housesteads Fort, a Roman treasure trove in Corbridge town and the 35 metre high viewing tower at Segedunum. 

EC adventures are informal, friendly and great fun! They're made up of singles, couples and small sets of friends with ages typically ranging from mid 20s to mid 40s but anyone over 18 years old and young at heart is welcome. Whether it's your first time exploring the outdoors or you're an adventure professional, EC adventures are a great way to meet like-minded people in a safe, welcoming and fun environment. 

 Lanercost Priory Cloisters ©   David Dixon

Lanercost Priory Cloisters © David Dixon

ITINERARY

You'll be a small group of just 12, staying in comfortable shared accommodation with breakfast each morning. There will also be a support vehicle on hand throughout the weekend to carry your bags so at the end of each day when you arrive at the accommodation everything is waiting for you! You're welcome to bring your own bike or you can hire a bike, helmet, repair kit and pannier from us at a discounted price.

Thursday 14th June – In the evening you'll arrive in Tynemouth at your accommodation and get an early night or explore the town. If you have travelled by car you'll park either at your accommodation or at the car park where you can leave your car free of charge for the weekend. 

Friday 15th June - In the morning after an early breakfast you'll take a transfer at 8am with your bike and guide to the start point at Bowness-on-Solway, and then you'll set off on your adventure! You'll spend the day riding to the town of Once Brewed (also confusingly known as Twice Brewed!) and stop along the way to visit lots of historic sites, including Lanercost Priory, Birdowald and the Museum.

 

Arriving at your accommodation in the early evening, you'll have the option of relaxing or you can take an awesome walk right onto Hadrians Wall, along Steel Rigg and past Sycamore Gap to Housestead before returning to town for dinner. Friday's cycle will be around 40 miles.

Saturday 16th June – You'll have a slightly later start time of 9am - after visiting Vindolanda you'll carry on riding to Hexham where you'll stay for the night. Today there will be a lot of sightseeing and loads of photo opportunities - don't forget your camera! Saturday's cycle distance will be around 20 miles. 

Sunday 17th June – Another 9am start will see you riding to the Roman town of Corbridge, then following the River Tyne to Newcastle and onwards to finish your journey at Tynemouth for around 4pm. The last day's cycle will also be around 40 miles, but you'll still finish early enough to get down to the pub or explore the town before heading home!

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED 

  • Free storage of your vehicle in a monitored car park throughout the trip
  • Group transfer (including bikes) to the start point of Bowness-on-Solway
  • 3 nights' shared bunkhouses, hotels or bed and breakfast accommodation in Tynemouth, Once Brewed and Hexham.
  • 3 breakfasts (Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning)
  • 3 days fully guided cycling on the Hadrian's Wall route in a small group of 12 with an experienced and qualified cycle guide
  • Visits to loads of ancient historical Roman sites throughout the trip (some entrance fees may apply)
  • Support vehicle throughout the trip and baggage transfer each day
  • Discounted equipment hire for the weekend (£55 for a bike, helmet, pannier and repair kit - you can add this on when you book)

Please note we don't include lunches or dinners but you can buy a packed lunch from the support van for £5 a day, or you can just bring your own food. We're likely to book a table each night (apart from Thursday night) at a local restaurant for the group but the dinner is not included in the price of this trip.

PAYMENT

  • Discounted earlybird price for EC CLUB Members - £359 (if deposit is paid before 22 March 2018)
  • Discounted earlybird price for non EC CLUB Members - £379 (if deposit is paid before 22 March 2018)
  • Standard price for EC CLUB Members - £379
  • Standard price for non EC CLUB Members - £399

You'll need to pay a £100 deposit with the balance due eight weeks before the weekend.

There are only 12 spaces on this brand new adventure so don't miss out!

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QUESTIONS?

If you'd like to know more about this weekend or have a particular question about this or any of our adventures, please email enquiries@explorersconnect.com or call the office on 0117 405 7497 during normal office hours and we'll do our best to help you.


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