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Cycling


Cycling trail suggestions


The 72 cycle route
A quick piece of advice if you're cycling along the 72 cycle route. Rather than turning off the B6318 and decending into Haltwhistle, make a slight detour and save yourself a very steep hill climb back up! Stay on the B6318 for a mile or so until you reach the Milecastle Inn. Turn there. Come and visit us, then return to the 72 route. River Tyne to Chesters
Make your way up the River Tyne from Hexham on Hadrian’s Cycleway then follow the North Tyne river through peaceful countryside to visit Chesters Roman Fort and Chesters Walled Garden. Quiet roads and tarmac riverside path with a few steady climbs.

South Tyne trail
Ride through the peaceful South Tyne Valley on a traffic-free greenway to the spectacular Lambley Viaduct. A mix of compacted gravel path and quiet roads with one short but steep hill (which can be avoided by retracing the route directly back to Haltwhistle from point 7). The greenway forms part of the Pennine Cycleway with its distinctive blue signs with the number 68.

The Wall and beyond
Enjoy a beautiful ride north from Haltwhistle visiting two of the most famous viewpoints on Hadrian’s Wall and enjoying the quiet Northumberland National Park moorland on the ‘far side’. All on quiet roads, but take particular care at the two crossings of the Military Road (B6318). Several steep gradients and remember to take a bike lock.

Vallum and views
Spectacular scenery all round, including great views of Hadrian’s Wall, and a fascinating museum make this a ride worth spending all day over. Part of the ride is along the Vallum - ditch and earth mounds controlling the military zone south of the actual Wall. One steep hill, a bit of gravel track and a short section on the fast Military Road (B6318).

Vindolanda and Stanegate
On this linear ride you’ll be following a superb section of Hadrian’s Cycleway through some of the best known parts of Hadrian’s Wall Country, including a visit to Vindolanda Roman Fort and a ride along the Stanegate, the old Roman road. On quiet roads with one steep climb, and a section of tarmac riverside track.

Hadrian's cycleway

The 160 mile (256 kilometres) cycling route stretches the length of the Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site linking Ravenglass on the Cumbrian coast to Tynemouth near Newcastle. The majority of the route is now open and signed. Most of it follows well-surfaced gravel cycle paths, tarmac cycle paths and quiet minor roads. There are no difficult off-road sections, but there are a few steep, short hills in the central section (up to 150m height climb).

Cycle Trek

One way to traverse the length of Hadrian's Wall is on what we term a 'Cycle Trek', a combination of cycling and walking.

In simple terms, you cycle the flat bits at either end and you walk the hilly bit in the middle.

We'll happily take your bike from you at the start of the hilly bit and meet you at an agreed rendezvous point, from where you can cycle back to the campsite.

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