Take a gentle ride through rural UK and breathe in the fresh air
Follow a route through North England and Scotland that's dotted by majestic castles
Enjoy the coastal views and breeze on this cycling adventure
Find tranquility as you cycle on sublime landscapes
Spectacular stretches of beach and quaint coastal towns are waiting to be explored
Perched high above, Bamburgh Castle offers incredible views

Northumberland Guided Cycling Holiday

Duration
5 days
Site savings
$25
From
$1,194 USD

Discover why this place is nicknamed 'The Secret Kingdom' on a leisurely 5-day guided cycling tour. The Northumbrian coastline and countryside is waiting to be explored by keen travelers. It's breathtaking landscapes dotted with majestic castles will keep you on your seats along with the exciting opportunity to visit nearby islands should the tides allow. Being on the border with Scotland, you will also ride sections from Edinbrugh to Newcastle-upon-Tyne on quiet country roads and cycleways. Your days will always end perfectly at the comfortable heritage property, Nether Grange. This short British getaway hits the spot with scenic rides and lovely accommodations.

  • Category
    Easy-going & Leisurely
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    5 days
  • Culture Level
    Familiar
  • Skill Level
    2 - Novice
  • Activity Level
    2 - Moderate
  • Elevation
    1 - Easy
  • Terrain
    Coastal
  • Distance
    83.3 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    28 miles
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  • Where does the tour start and end?

    The tour starts and ends at Alnmouth, with your destination being Nether Grange. If you intend to drive, directions will be provided. Free on-street parking is available near to the accommodation where vehicles can be left at the owners risk.

    If you prefer to travel by train your destination is Alnmouth. Group train station transfers are included in the holiday price and there will be a transfer from Alnmouth train station at 16.15 on day 1 of the tour and a transfer to Alnmouth train station at 09.30 on the Friday morning (last day of tour). Please do not book any return trains from Alnmouth prior to 10.30.

    Please check with us before making any travel arrangements to make sure we have reached the minimum number required to guarantee your holiday and to ensure your arrangements fit with our scheduled transfers and logistics.

    Please note If you make alternative travel arrangements, which fall outside of the planned train station transfers, there may be an additional charge for individual transfers.

  • How long is the tour? How many days cycling?

    The tour is 5 days long with 4 days of cycling.

  • What's the tour like?

    The Northumberland coast is best known for its sweeping sandy beaches, rolling dunes, and isolated islands. The special qualities of this coastal landscape led to it being designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1958 recognizing that the Northumberland coast is one of the finest landscapes in the country. It has a wealth of places to visit from brilliant visitor attractions in Alnwick and impressive coastal castles at Dunstanburgh and Bamburgh, to picturesque villages with great pubs and cafes. Northumberland has excellent road and rail networks and a cycle friendly bus service.

    Much of the area is unpopulated and tranquil, with mile after mile of clean and safe award-winning, golden sandy beaches. These together with quiet country lanes provide an unequalled sense of freedom.

    The terrain is a mixture of generally flat and undulating on paved river and seaside promenades, minor urban roads, quiet lanes and purpose built Cycleways.

    There are a few off-road sections, with tracks across grassy fields or farm roads. Being a National Cycle Network route, there are no “technical” off-road sections. Hybrid bikes are most suitable.


    Is this suitable for you?
    The ride is graded as 2 or gentle.  If you‘re looking for an opportunity to try some quiet roads, cycle paths or some accessible, cycle friendly routes this holiday might be for you. You’ll come across some gently undulating terrain and the odd cheeky challenge, so we’d generally expect those on a Grade 2 holiday to ride their bikes relatively frequently at home, perhaps commuting to work or heading out for some leisurely rides at the weekend.

  • Is bike hire included?

    If you would like to rent a bike we have both hybrid and electric bikes available.

    The hybrid bikes are generally Giant Roam or Liv Rove with a wide gear range, semi-slick tyres, disc brakes and a relaxed riding position.

    Our electric bikes are generally Giant E+ Disc brake, pedal assist bikes with batteries suitable for the daily distances on this holiday. E-bikes come with step through frames as standard but some cross bar frames are available if preferred. Please let us know if you have a preference.

    Panniers are provided with all our rental bikes along with an emergency repair kit including a spare innertube, bike pump and bike lock. We are also able to provide helmets, if you’d like one to be provided, please request this at the time of booking.

  • How much luggage can I bring?

    It's recommend that you bring one main piece of luggage per person, other than your bike, and one small daypack or panniers. The daypack/panniers may be useful for carrying your additional outer-layer clothing and snacks while cycling.

  • What's the food like?

    This particular trip includes full-board, with breakfast and dinner taken at the Country House, and a great buffet-style picnic lunch on the rides, made up of plenty of locally sourced produce.

    Vegetarians and people with specific dietary requirements can be catered for – please give us details of any specific requirements you may have at the time of booking.

  • Is there vehicle support?

    At strategic points (where access allows), you have the security of a support vehicle. In the vehicle there will be some space for tired bikers, allowing the chance of a well-earned break if needed.

    You will also be able to leave extra gear or spare kit here during the day meaning there is no need to carry any equipment other than that carried on your normal day ride.

  • Should I prepare for the weather?

    When cycling in the UK it’s best to come prepared for sun and rain, warm and cold all in the same day – spring, summer and autumn.

    Although there can be wide variations, the monthly average temperature in the UK ranges from 9-12°C (48-54 Fahrenheit) in April, up to 17-20°C (63-68 Fahrenheit) in July, and then 11-14 °C (52-57 Fahrenheit) in October.

    At the beginning and end of the season (in March and late October) the weather can be a little less predictable and there could be some cooler / rainier days. In the summer months, temperatures can rise up into the thirties. This can differ from year to year.

    It’s highly recommended that you carry layers and a light waterproof with you along the way, (and sun cream in the summer months!) just in case the UK’s weather catches you unawares!

  • Please read here for a message from the tour operator concerning Covid-19:

    Book with confidence

    With travel restrictions and changing government guidance still present in our lives, the Tour Operator is are committed to doing everything they can to help more of you to enjoy fun on two wheels in the most enjoyable and responsible way possible.

    To help you better plan ahead with peace of mind, they want to reassure you that your holiday is financially protected and that you will be well looked after by them, no matter what happens. 

    Our promise to you…
    - If the Tour Operator has to cancel a tour because of COVID-19, you will have the option of a full refund. They will only run tours in destinations that are safe and will always follow the most up-to-date government guidance. They will cancel any tours where the FCDO advises against all but essential travel.
    - Your money is protected by ABTOT, whether as a payment for a specific holiday or as a credit note. This means if you are entitled to a refund this is guaranteed, no matter the circumstances.

    In addition, it’s essential that you…
    - Have appropriate travel insurance so that if you fall ill and test positive for COVID-19 prior to (or during) your tour (whether in the UK or overseas), you will be financially covered for cancelling your trip or any extra costs you might incur. Please contact our team if you need some advice. In doing so, the Tour Operator can ensure the local communities are impacted as little as possible and can continue to deliver the excellent holidays we know you love. This extended team are predominantly small businesses and the aim is to honour our commitments to them, so we can all rebuild after COVID-19.
    - Keep up to date with local requirements in your chosen destination. This might relate to testing or vaccination requirements for entering your destination or using facilities such as hotels and restaurants while you are there. These requirements can change often and the Tour Operator will do their best to keep you up to date, you need to ensure you are aware of, and can comply with, any requirements which might be in place at the time you travel. Depending on the circumstances the Tour Operator may not be able to offer a refund if you can’t comply with these kinds of requirements. For UK based travelers, the best source of information is the Government’s foreign travel advice.

    Social distancing, enhanced hygiene and face coverings
    For the safety of everyone, the Tour Operator will be ensuring the cycle tours comply with local guidelines. In reality, you’ll be out on your bikes most of the day enjoying the great outdoors, so you’ll have plenty of time to relax and unwind.
    - The group tours are limited to small groups – on average 10 people (maximum 16 people) as we believe this is the most responsible – and enjoyable – way to travel.
    - Face coverings should be worn in compliance with local guidelines, which in many destinations includes when using public transport, in shops and certain attractions, and whenever social distancing cannot be observed. Please be aware of face covering requirements for travel to your destination and contact us if you have any questions. In the absence of any legal requirements, we ask you to respect the wishes of any private businesses you might visit such as cafes or hotels. Please let us know at the point of booking if you are unable to wear a face covering.
    - Our team continues to observe good hygiene practice, including regular handwashing and sanitising, and request that customers do the same. Depending on where you travel, you may not be able to purchase supplies locally, so best to come with adequate supplies of hand sanitiser for use throughout your holiday.

    If you display symptoms or test positive
    For the benefit of yourself, the people you are traveling with and our team, please let us know as soon as possible if you test positive for COVID-19 or display any symptoms.
    - We recommend testing before joining any of our trips.
    - It is essential that you are in good health when embarking on your holiday. Under certain circumstances, we may ask you to take a test or provide proof of having had the vaccines. In the rare event you fall ill before or during your tour, it is essential you follow the guidelines provided by us in your pre-departure information.
    - If you are symptomatic or if you test positive this is likely to mean you are unable to join your trip.
    - If you test positive whilst on the holiday then we will assist you in reporting the illness and making appropriate arrangements, whether that be to quarantine or return home. In most circumstances, this will mean your participation in the tour will have to come to an end.

    Vaccination status
    In many destinations, you may need to be fully vaccinated to be able to join our trips.
    - If you are traveling to another country you may need to be fully vaccinated to enter, or to use facilities such as cafes or hotels. Some destinations may allow testing in place of vaccination, but the nature of our trips means this often isn’t a practical option.
    - There may be some situations where social distancing isn’t possible or where you will come in contact with people who aren’t part of our group or team, such as hotel and restaurant staff. Because of this, we recommend being fully vaccinated to make sure you are as safe as possible.
    - Some destinations we visit have less developed public health facilities which can impact local residents’ ability to access the same protections we might enjoy. In such cases, we strive to weigh up entry requirements and recommendations from our local partners to establish a responsible company policy on vaccinations that protects our customers, local teams and the communities we visit as much as possible.
    - Please let us know as early as possible if you aren’t fully vaccinated so we can discuss any implications, including if you are able to join the trip.

    Bikes, vehicles and equipment
    We know you love the extra support we offer on tour and so we’ve made sure you continue to have access to all these essential holiday components.
    - Our team will guide you through any relevant protocols when using bikes, equipment and vehicles on your trip.
    - All transfer staff will be adhering to recognized local hygiene guidelines and these vehicles will be regularly deep cleaned, with extra attention paid to regular touchpoints.

    Food and accommodation
    Amazing food and lovely places to stay are a big part of the tour experience. All accommodation providers are following relevant local guidelines relating to COVID-19. The impact of new measures should be minimal and may vary from place to place, however, these will always be clearly communicated to you by our team on the ground.
    - You may notice increased and enhanced cleaning and hygiene practices, in guest rooms and communal areas.
    - In some places, temperature checks will be conducted upon entering.
    - Measures promoting social distancing may be in place and you may be asked to avoid communal areas and touchpoints.
    - We will offer our usual high-quality lunches and snacks but you may notice a few changes to how these are delivered to allow for any local guidance.

    Updated: 27 Jan 2023

Overall Rating:
5.0/5
This holiday was wonderful
Norma
(Review obtained from Tour Operator)



This holiday was wonderful. It couldn’t have been better – everything perfect and it didn’t rain! The service provided was so efficient. The guides were really helpful – they picked me up from station and took me to my Airbnb after. I hired a bike, and the new bike I was provided was very good – I never got saddle sore! The accommodation was a beautiful house with a lovely big bedroom and bathroom, with sea views. So clean and comfortable.

Every day was a beautiful route but I did particularly enjoy Holy Island on the second day. We had a great tour leader who was very caring, particularly when I was behind on the first day – he was always checking on me. Very knowledgeable of area and made it really interesting. His assistant was also very good, and both provided great refreshments. There was so much delicious food,I haven’t lost a pound!

I feel a more confident cyclist for it!
Catherine
(Review obtained from Tour Operator)

This was the first time I’ve used the company and I was very impressed with the service before and after. I thoroughly enjoyed it; I feel a more confident cyclist for it. Very friendly atmosphere within the group and from the guides. Also, as a vegan traveler, I felt very well looked after and people went to lot of trouble for me which I much appreciated, you have great staff.