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Self Guided Plus+ Cycling

Border Crossing


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Region: Multi-Location
Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights

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    Trip Overview

    Created by: Paul Easto


    This trip offers a great cross-border adventure. Over 5 days you will ride through the beautiful regions of Northumberland and the Scottish Borders experiencing some of the UK’s most amazing coastline and unspoilt rural villages.

    Each day offers something different from the imposing castles and charming coastal villages of Northumberland, to the rolling hills and vast vistas of the Cheviot and Border hills. Along the way you’ll pass many natural and historic sites, including several Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, nature reserves, the world-famous heritage of Lindisfarne on Holy Island plus the magnificent Bamburgh Castle and Warkworth Castle. As you journey north you’ll cross into Scotland on some of the best cycling roads the country has to offer before riding through the Lammermuir Hills to reach your finish point on the coast at North Berwick, near Edinburgh.

    This price is based on a group of 4, prices will vary depending on group size. Please get in touch with our team to confirm the trip price for your group.

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    Day by Day
    Itinerary

    Day 1 – Tynemouth to Warkworth Read Less

    Day 1

    Tynemouth to Warkworth

    We’ll meet you in the city of Newcastle mid-morning on Day 1, transferring the short distance to the start point on the coast at Tynemouth. Here we’ll organise bikes and customise your fit if hiring from us. From Tynemouth, your route heads north, following Cycle Route 1 alongside the North Sea, winding its way out of the urban area. Before long you’ll hit the coast proper and ride quiet roads offering tempting sea views through the dunes. A cycleway follows the amazing beach at Druridge which stretches for miles in both directions – it’s worth stopping for a stroll along the beach. Skirt around the harbour village of Amble and follow the estuary where you’ll get the first views of the majestic Warkworth Castle. Superbly preserved, Warkworth is one of England’s finest castles and dominates the skyline of the quaint village.


    Ride Details: 58 km / 36 miles | 213 m / 699 ft

    Day 2 – The Coquet Valley Read Less

    Day 2

    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 quiet country roads back east, rejoining Coquet Valley and then weaving your way on deserted lanes to return to Warkworth.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Ride Details: 67 km / 42 miles | 885 m / 2,904 ft

    Day 3 – Warkworth to Bamburgh Castle Read Less

    Day 3

    Warkworth to Bamburgh Castle

    The Northumbrian Coast from Warkworth to Bamburgh 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 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. You may want to stretch your legs by walking the 4km round trip 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 beach before dinner with the iconic and imposing Bamburgh Castle providing a magnificent backdrop.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Ride Details: 48 km / 30 miles | 301 m / 988 ft

    Day 4 – Bamburgh to Kelso Read Less

    Day 4

    Bamburgh to Kelso

    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 we’ll need to time our visit carefully. The island is home to a 7th century monastery 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. Spend an hour or so exploring the island before heading west on quiet roads through rural Northumberland, a highlight being the picturesque villages of Ford and Etal. After an afternoon stop for tea, you’ll be riding alongside the flowing waters of the River Tweed and across the Scotland/England border to your overnight stop in Kelso.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Ride Details: 87 km / 54 miles | 857 m / 2,812 ft

    Day 5 – Kelso to North Berwick Read Less

    Day 5

    Kelso to North Berwick

    It’s a relaxing start to your final day as you roll on mostly flat roads out of Kelso. You’ll soon approach the border town of Duns where the most challenging climbing of the trip awaits. For the next 25km it’s up and down (and up again) through the Lammermuir Hills. The reward for the climbing is some great descending, the best of which is the final 7km into the quaint village of Gifford. Here you’ll find the celebrated cycle cafe – The Lanterne Rouge – which is an essential stop for any cyclist in the area. Once in Gifford the hard work is done with just one short climb between you and the North Sea coast at North Berwick. Congratulations on completing a cross-border ride and reaching the coast. Choose to stay here and relax for the evening or transfer back to Edinburgh.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Ride Details: 74 km / 46 miles | 1,071 m / 3,514 ft

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    Trip Details

    Accommodation Read More

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    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 guest houses, B&Bs, small hotels and inns along the route.
    • Meals as indicated in the itinerary: Breakfast each day (Meals indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
    • A support vehicle throughout the trip who will offer guidance, local insights, snacks, change of clothes, navigation and a boost if needed
    • Soigneur / Support driver / bike mechanic / first aider available 24/7 while on the trip
    • Essential equipment including GPS with pre-loaded routes. Your soigneur will also have a bike lock, bike tool, spare inner tube, pump and tyre levers if required.
    • Bike cleaning and maintenance throughout the trip
    • Welcome briefing and expert bike fitting on Day 1 if hiring
    • Daily luggage transfers and private transfers to and from the start/end point

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

    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 - Arrival and Departure Read More

    Arrival Info
    Make your own way to Newcastle Train Station where you will be met by your soigneur and transferred to your start point at Tynemouth for your bike fit if renting a bike from us, and to begin your adventure.

    Departure Info
    Either transfer back with your soigneur to Edinburgh Train Station at the end of your trip or alternatively, choose to stay in North Berwick for an extra night or two.

    Bike Hire / Bring Your Own Bike Read More
    Bike Hire

    We have an excellent fleet of bikes available to hire – including road bikes and E-bikes.
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    Bring Your Own Bike

    You are also more than welcome to bring your own bike.

    If you choose to do so, please ensure it’s in excellent working condition and has been recently serviced – either by you or by a reputable bike shop.

    In addition, please bring the following:

    • Multi-tool, including a chain tool
    • Mini pump and/or CO2 canisters
    • Two spare tubes and a puncture repair kit

    Because we will need to load your bike onto one of our trailers, please ensure that:

    • Your rear wheel is clear of any obstructions; including lights, mudguard or panniers
    • Your tyres are no wider than 45mm

    Due to the nature of our trips, we are unfortunately unable to carry bike boxes or bags with us, so please make prior arrangements if necessary.

    If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our friendly and knowledgable sales team are always delighted to answer any queries you may have.

    Self Guided Plus+ Cycling – Soigneur Read More

    On this fully supported cycling trip, you will be accompanied by a soigneur. Your soigneur is a qualified bike mechanic and will provide bike assistance and routine bike care throughout the trip. They will look after the logistics of the trip, while supporting you on the road, transferring luggage and passing on insights from the route as well as local area knowledge. While some professional cycling soigneurs offer massages this is not something that is included. Our Self-Guided+ trips are the perfect adventure for those who wish to travel at their own pace but with the professional support of an expert to take care of all the details.

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    Chris Page

    Our friendly office team hail from across the world but share a passion for the outdoor and wild spaces of Britain & Ireland. We are committed to providing you with the best customer service and are more than happy to chat through options and provide help and advice. Get in touch to find your perfect adventure.

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    Difficulty Grades Explained

    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.

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    Our holidays reviewed
    in your own words

    This has quickly risen to the top of my short list of trips I must do again (along with the Outer Hebrides!). Beautiful scenery, great undulating rides, wonderful accommodations. Highly recommend!

    Karen Dean
    Road Cycling - The Five Countries Tour
    Reviewed on 08/10/2018

    Rated 4.94 out of 5 based on 1,381 reviews

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