Be amazed by spectacular landscapes on this Coast and Castles route of the National Cycle Network
Escape on a self-guided cycle tour of some of Europe's finest scenery
Exquisite scenery along the way as you approach imposing Bamburgh Castle
A classic British cycling holiday with views that can only be seen on this side of the world
Enjoy the scenery each day on tour
Exhale and enjoy a rural ride through the UK

Coast and Castles - 7 Days

Duration
7 days
Site savings
$29
From
$1,405 USD

This classic British cycling holiday over 7 days (6 days of riding) takes you from Newcastle-upon-Tyne to Edinburgh following the National Cycle Network Route 1: Coast and Castles using the North Sea Cycle Route. This is an iconic cycle route full of awesome scenery and historical interest!

  • Category
    Cultural & Historical
  • Type
    Self-Guided
  • Duration
    7 days
  • Culture Level
    Familiar
  • Skill Level
    3 - Intermediate
  • Activity Level
    3 - Active
  • Elevation
    3 - Intermediate
  • Terrain
    Coastal
  • Distance
    200.7 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    33.6 miles
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Quick Stats

  • Duration
    7 days
  • Main Destination
    United Kingdom
  • Distance
    200.7 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    33.6 miles
  • Elevation
    3 - Intermediate
  • Terrain
    Coastal

Itinerary Details

  1. Day 1Arrival

    Getting to Newcastle is easy. If you are planning to arrive by air, there is an airport at Newcastle with direct services to Newcastle
    Central train station. For those arriving by car, you will be able to leave your vehicle at your accommodation, or if the train is your
    preferred transport mode, you can either take a taxi from the station to your accommodation or it is just a short 10-15 minute walk away.

    • Accommodation in Newcastle
  2. Day 2Newcastle to Warkworth

    You will then start your journey from the accommodation by cycling along the Newcastle quayside past the Millennium Bridge heading eastwards along the River Tyne to the coast. You will soon find yourself passing through the heart of the former ship building area of the Tyne. At Wallsend, the end of Hadrian’s Wall, keep an eye out for Segedunum Roman Fort Museum.

    Continuing along close to the river you soon reach the Fish Quays of North Shields, where you’ll find a bustling little harbor. You are now at the mouth of the Tyne. A few more pedal turns lead you along the quayside, past Lord Collingwood and up a short hill into Tynemouth. This is a great place for a late morning coffee or to stock up on snacks for the miles ahead. From here you continue along the seafront, past the Victorian resort of Whitley Bay and on to the seaport of Blyth. You’ll soon leave the urban surroundings behind and pass into much more open countryside and quiet country lanes.

    The next point of interest is the stunning Druridge Bay. With its seven mile sandy beach, nature reserve and some of Northumberland’s biggest sand dunes, it is a real treat. Just a short distance on is Amble which proudly declares itself as ‘the friendliest port’ before you arrive into Warkworth with it’s impressive castle and onto your accommodation for the evening.

    • 47.8 miles
    • 1,410.8 ft
      1,410.8 ft
    • Accommodation in Warkworth
    • Breakfast
  3. Day 3Warkworth to Bamburgh

    Leaving Warkworth behind your route takes you towards the impressive medieval castles of Dunstanburgh and Bamburgh, and the attractive coastal village of Craster.

    At Bamburgh, as well as the castle in its dramatic setting on a rock outcrop, there is the Grace Darling museum, a famous heroine of the lifeboats.

    • 26.7 miles
    • 1,148.3 ft
      1,148.3 ft
    • Accommodation in Bamburgh
    • Breakfast
  4. Day 4Bamburgh to Berwick-upon-Tweed

    Just up the coast from Bamburgh you come to Lindisfarne, otherwise known as Holy Island, a key site in early Christianity and the place where the Lindisfarne Gospels were created in the 8th century. If the tide and time allows, it’s well worth the additional 7 mile round trip to visit the island by crossing the tidal causeway.

    From Holy Island, it’s on to the Elizabethan border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, with its complex defences built up over the years of border wars, and your accommodation for the night.

    • 24.9 miles
    • 1,312.3 ft
      1,312.3 ft
    • Accommodation in Berwick-upon-Tweed
    • Breakfast
  5. Day 5Berwick-upon-Tweed to Kelso

    From Berwick-upon-Tweed, it’s inland, along the Tweed valley to Kelso. On the way you’ll cross the border into Scotland, then back into England over the famous Union Suspension Bridge, that spans the River Tweed between Horncliffe in Northumberland and Fishwick in the Scottish Borders. At the Chainbridge Honey Farm, you can get a cup of tea and feast yourselves on yummy cakes and enjoy them on an old green double decker bus! As the name implies, you can buy lots of honey there too. A few miles on you cross back into Scotland at Norham Castle, and on to Kelso, with the impressive Floors Castle and your first night spent over the border!

    • 30.4 miles
    • 1,410.8 ft
      1,410.8 ft
    • Accommodation in Kelso
    • Breakfast
  6. Day 6Kelso to Innerleithen

    This morning you head to Melrose, famed for its impressive Gothic-style abbey, which is thought to be the burial place of Robert the Bruce’s heart! Leaving Melrose, you continue along the increasingly deep Tweed Valley, surrounded by forested hills and following the course of this famous salmon river to Innerleithen, home to Traquair House, reputedly the oldest continually inhabited house in Scotland. The busy little town of Innerleithen is well known for its mountain biking scene, and no doubt you will see armoured and full face helmeted riders around the town.

    • 32.9 miles
    • 2,460.6 ft
      2,460.6 ft
    • Accommodation in Innerleithen
    • Breakfast
  7. Day 7Innerleithen to Edinburgh

    Heading north out of Innerleithen the route climbs up and over the Moorfoot Hills, with views of Edinburgh in the distance. Dropping down from the hills and heading through Dalkeith and Musselburgh you make your way into Edinburgh through the Innocent Tunnel and past Arthur’s Seat to the finish point. Here you will be met by a tour representative where you will either start your return journey home by train or be transferred back to Newcastle.

    • 37.9 miles
    • 2,460.6 ft
      2,460.6 ft
    • Breakfast