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Guidebook to Hadrian's Cycleway, a 174 mile coast-to-coast route across northern England, following the corridor of the Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site. From Ravenglass in Cumbria through Northumberland to South Shields, with an alternative Tynemouth finish, on cycle paths and quiet country roads suitable for cyclists of all abilities.


Hadrian's Cycleway can be cycled all year round, but preferably April-October.


Ravenglass, Whitehaven, Maryport, Silloth, Bowness-on-Solway, Carlisle, Brampton, Haltwhistle, Once and Twice Brewed, Hexham, Corbridge, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, South Shields


This 174 mile ride is within the reach of cyclists of all abilities, via varying itineraries. The guide describes a suggested three-day of 50-60 miles per day and outlines shorter and longer options to suit all abilities. For enjoyment it is worth being saddle fit and completed some training.

Must See

Hadrian's Wall; milecastles; Sycamore Gap; Cumbrian west coast; Solway Coast and AONB; Sellafield nuclear facility; Maryport's octagonal lighthouse; Holmcultram Abbey; Burgh Marsh; Cawfield Quarry; Roman forts of Birdoswald, Vindolanda, Housesteads, Chesters, Glannaventa, Segedunum and Arbeia; Lanercost Priory; Carlisle Castle; Edward I memorial; Steel Rigg; Corbridge; Roman Army Museum; Tyne Bridge; Conversation Piece installation at South Shields
12 Aug 2020
14 Mar 2022
17.20 x 11.60 x .90cm

Guidebook to Hadrian’s Cycleway, a waymarked cycle route that traces what was the most northerly frontier of the Roman Empire. This 174-mile (280km) coast-to-coast route from Ravenglass in Cumbria to South Shields follows quiet roads and cycle paths and can be ridden by cyclists of all abilities.

  • Suggested route takes three days with stages of 53–64 miles (85–103km)
  • Also includes more leisurely four- and five-day options, a 100-mile (161km) two-day cycle tour along Hadrian’s Wall only, and an alternative stage that rides closer to the Wall than the official route
  • Clear route descriptions with 1:100,000 mapping, city-centre detail maps and elevation profiles
  • The main route is described from west-east, but includes descriptions for riding east-west
  • Includes facilities listings, local history, travel to and from the start and finish, and advice on preparing your kit, bike and self for the adventure
  • Highlights include Ravenglass, Whitehaven, Solway Coast and AONB, Carlisle Castle, Lanercost Priory, Hexham, Tyne Bridge, Roman forts of Birdoswald, Vindolanda, Housesteads, Chesters
  • GPX files for all route variants available for download

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By Rachel Crolla

Rachel Crolla is an outdoors all-rounder who loves hiking, biking, scrambling and climbing. Rachel is an outdoors writer and photographer who is also trained as a journalist and teacher. She has hiked and climbed across the UK, Europe and the USA. In 2007 Rachel became the first woman to reach the summit of every country in Europe, and co-wrote the Cicerone guide book Europe’s High Points soon afterwards. She is passionate about enthusing the next generation of hikers and cyclists with a love of the outdoors.

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By Carl McKeating

Carl McKeating is from Yorkshire. He is the co-author with Rachel Crolla of the books, Europe’s High Points and Walking in the Auvergne published by Cicerone. A rock climbing and mountaineering enthusiast, in addition to ascending all of Europe’s national high points, in 2010 he completed a long-standing ambition to climb all the routes in Ken Wilson’s Classic Rock which he followed with a three-month climbing and mountaineering tour of America. A qualified English teacher, in 2014 Carl started work on a doctorate about Mont Blanc in British Culture.

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