Be amazed by spectacular landscapes on this Coast and Castles route of the National Cycle Network
Enjoy the coastal views and breeze on this cycling adventure
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
Bike tour sites of historical interest
Enjoy the scenery each day on tour
Discover sandy beaches and ancient buildings
Exhale and enjoy a rural ride through the UK

Coast and Castles

Duration
5 days
Site savings
$19
From
$893 USD

This classic British cycling holiday over four 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
    5 days
  • Culture Level
    Familiar
  • Skill Level
    3 - Intermediate
  • Activity Level
    3 - Active
  • Elevation
    3 - Intermediate
  • Terrain
    Coastal
  • Distance
    198.8 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    49.7 miles
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Quick Stats

  • Duration
    5 days
  • Main Destination
    United Kingdom
  • Distance
    198.8 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    49.7 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 Amble

    A tour representative will meet you this morning to provide you with an Information Pack including route notes, maps and additional information for your trip. 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 (11km) sandy beach, nature reserve and some of Northumberland’s biggest sand dunes it is a real treat. Just a short distance on you will arrive at the fishing village of Amble, which proudly declares itself as ‘the friendliest port” and your accommodation for the evening.

    • 44.7 miles
    • Accommodation in Amble
    • Breakfast
  3. Day 3Amble to Berwick-upon-Tweed

    Leaving Amble behind, you cycle towards the impressive medieval castles of Warkworth, Dunstanburgh and Bamburgh and the
    attractive coastal village of Craster. At Bamburgh, as well as the castle in its dramatic setting on a rocky outcrop, there is the Grace Darling museum, a famous heroine of the lifeboats. Just past Bamburgh you come to Holy Island, otherwise known as Lindisfarne, 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 worth a visit 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.

    • 54.1 miles
    • Accommodation in Berwick-upon-Tweed
    • Breakfast
  4. Day 4Berwick-upon-Tweed to Melrose

    From Berwick-upon-Tweed, it’s inland along the Tweed valley to Melrose. 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 a bright green Bristol Lodekka double decker bus (it’s traveled a long way!). 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. The final section today takes you into Melrose, famed for its impressive Gothic-style abbey, which is thought to be the burial place of Robert the Bruce’s heart!

    • 44.7 miles
    • Accommodation in Melrose
    • Breakfast
  5. Day 5Melrose to Edinburgh

    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, passing 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. 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 the tour representative where you will either start your return journey home by train or be transferred back to Newcastle.

    • 55.9 miles
    • Accommodation in Edinburgh
    • Breakfast