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Self Guided Cycling

The Northumberland Coast

Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights

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Region: Northumberland
Trip Type: Self Guided Cycling
Accommodation: Classic
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This self-guided cycling holiday explores the beautiful regions to be found along the coast of Northumberland. Northumberland is something of an undiscovered gem. Often overlooked by visitors to Northern England, the county offers amazing variety. 

Cycle here and you’ll experience monumental castles and charming villages along the coast, while inland rolling hills and vast vistas of the Cheviots await. This part of Northumberland is largely flat making for an easy going cycle tour. Over five days, you’ll explore everything from quaint coastal villages to sweeping picture-postcard valleys to winding county lanes. From moorland to beaches, this area includes several Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and nature reserves.

Northumberland is also known for its incredible cultural heritage. From the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and its collection of historic structures accessed only by a tidal causeway to the iconic medieval pile, Bamburgh Castle, as well as the imposing Warkworth Castle. At the end of each day relax and dine in hand-picked accommodation in two of Northumberland’s finest villages.

Trip Highlights

  • Experience some of the UK's finest natural and cultural heritage riding through the beautiful coast and countryside of Northumberland.
  • Explore the magnificent castles and charming villages of Warkworth and Bamburgh.
  • Visit the fascinating Holy Island and the 16th century Lindisfarne Castle.
  • Enjoy the best of the region's food and drink in the many welcoming cafes, pubs and hotels along the way.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Alnmouth and Warkworth

We will meet you from the train in Alnmouth and then transfer the short distance to your accommodation in Warkworth. Here, one of our team will run through a full trip briefing with you and, if hiring bikes, complete a detailed bike fitting. There will also be the opportunity to change into your cycling clothes before heading out for an afternoon of riding in the Northumberland countryside. Begin by crossing the ancient bridge in Warkworth and summiting a small hill to join fabulous roads alongside the River Coquet. You’ll be following very quiet backroads as you gently climb inland before heading back east to the Coast. The route leads to the coastal gem of Alnmouth where you might like to stop off for a wander on the beach or an afternoon cream tea. From Alnmouth it’s a short distance back to Warkworth on a dedicated cycleway.

Ride details: 20 miles / 32 km | Ascent: 1,058ft/323m

Day 2 - Ride the Coquet Valley

Today you’ll ride one of our favourite loops in Northumberland as you explore the beautiful Coquet Valley. Setting off from Warkworth follow rolling roads as far as the small village of Felton where a stop at the excellent Running Fox Cafe and Bakery is a must. From here a steady climb leads over a ridge where you descend to the Coquet Valley, crossing the river over an ancient bridge. Some short challenging climbs lead through the Simonside Hills before enjoying the long cruise to lunch in Rothbury. Here you might also like to visit Cragside – a delightful National Trust house and gardens nestled in Rothbury Forest. Your route then follows rolling roads back east, rejoining the Coquet Valley before weaving along deserted lanes to return to Warkworth. (B)

Ride details: 42 miles / 67 km | Ascent: 2,905ft/885m

If you wish to ride more or less today there are several options available offering rides in the 45 – 95 km or 30 – 60 miles range.

Day 3 - Warkworth to Bamburgh Castle

The Northumbrian Coast from Warkworth to Bamburgh Castle offers some of the best cycle touring in the UK. With unspoiled coastline, charming villages and imposing castles there is a huge amount to experience in such a short distance. With little elevation today you’ll make good progress so have plenty of time to explore. First up is the lovely village of Alnmouth, reached by an excellent cycleway from Warkworth, then on to Boulmer and Craster where there is the option of the road or a more adventurous off-road cycleway. Craster makes for the ideal stop off, perhaps making the 4km round trip on foot to Dunstanburgh Castle before tucking in to the delicious crab sandwiches for which the area is famous. From Craster you’ll continue on very quiet roads through various villages and hamlets before reaching Bamburgh. We recommend a walk on the amazing beach before dinner with the incredible castle providing a magnificent backdrop. (B)

Ride details: 30 miles / 48 km | Ascent: 990ft/302m

Day 4 - Bamburgh to Holy Island Loop

No trip to Northumberland would be complete without a visit to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. Access to the island is via a tidal causeway which is underwater at high tide, so you’ll need to time your visit carefully. The island is home to a 7th century priory and striking 16th century castle and perfect for exploring by bike. In fact, the ride across to the island is a contender for the flattest road in England. Once on the island, park up the bikes and explore the Lindisfarne priory, castle and historic lanes on foot. Enjoy lunch in the village before timing your return back over the causeway. At Belford head east and follow the coastal road around Budle Bay. There’s one final climb to tackle but the reward from the top is surely worth it – Bamburgh Castle dominates the landscape of what has to be one of the most magnificent views in England. Enjoy a final night dining in or out in Bamburgh. (B)

Ride details: 35 miles / 57 km | Ascent: 1,450ft/442m

Day 5 - Depart from Bamburgh

Following a relaxed breakfast at the hotel enjoy a walk around the village or perhaps visit the castle. Late morning we’ll transfer you back to Alnmouth Station for onward travel. (B)

Self Guided Cycling
The Northumberland Coast

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Duration: 5 Days 4 Nights

Trip Details

Accommodation Read More

This itinerary includes 4 nights in 3 or 4-star standard accommodation ranging from cosy guesthouses, inns, small hotels, bed and breakfast – or perhaps even on working farms, all of which are the picture of warmth, comfort and rustic charm typical to northern England. Our accommodation partners are carefully handpicked for a number of factors – picturesque locations, very good facilities and a reputation for providing welcoming hospitality.

Accommodation will be reserved on a Bed & Breakfast basis, lunches and evening meals are not included. Local shops sell sandwiches and snacks for the day ahead. Many guesthouses will also be able to provide a packed lunch for you if you ask them the night before. In the evenings, meals can be taken in local restaurants, hotels or bars.

Single Room

Single occupancy rooms are available for a small supplement. Please get in touch with the team to book.

Inclusions Read More
  • 4 nights accommodation in 3-4 star locally-owned guesthouses and small hotels
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary; Breakfast each morning (Meals indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Essential equipment including a helmet, GPS with pre-loaded routes, bike lock, bike tool, spare inner tube, pump and tyre levers.
  • Welcome briefing and expert bike fitting on Day 1 if renting bikes
  • Luggage transfers as needed throughout
  • Private transfer back to and from Alnmouth Railway Station if required

Need a bike? See our bike hire page for details.

Trip Grading Read More

Blue Graded 4-6

Blue graded trips are suitable for people with a good level of bike fitness, who regularly enjoy cycling and may have joined a multi-day cycle holiday before.

Distances each day will be between 35 – 45 miles, cycling at around 12/13mph. Each day will be rolling and hilly terrain and there will be notable climbs most days. Some of these will be more testing and some riders may opt to push or ride in the support vehicle. Some climbs are also followed by exciting descents. We will be in the saddle for 5 – 7 hours each day plus the odd longer day. There is also time each day for breaks and lunches, plus some visits to sites of interest.

Travel Read More

Arrival Info
Travel to Alnmouth Railway Station where you will be met by one of our team and transferred to your first accommodation in Warkworth. Alternatively, you are free to drive to your location.

Departure Info
We collect you from the final accommodation and transfer you back to Alnmouth Railway Station if a transfer is required.

Upgrade and Customise Your Trip Read More

Accommodation Upgrades are available in some locations for a supplement and are subject to availability. Please note that choosing to upgrade the accommodation may mean additional transfers to and from the route at the beginning and end of each day.

Contact us to discuss what options will work best for you.

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