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Lake District and Hadrian’s Wall Cycle Tour

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Homepage > England > Lake District and Hadrian’s Wall Cycle Tour
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Difficulty: Level 3
  • Tour Type: Self Guided
  • Availability: Daily April – October
  • Location: Carlisle

Lake District and Hadrian’s Wall

Tour Details

Welcome to Hooked on Cycling and our cycling holidays in England. This particular biking vacation in England is a fabulous circular cycle tour taking in the UK’s most visited region, the English Lake District and one of the UK’s historic landmarks Hadrian’s Wall.  The famous Roman Hadrian’s wall constructed in Roman times to keep out the Pict’s from Roman Britain.  We leave the city of Carlisle and cycle south into the Cumbrian countryside and into the Lake District. Here we have two nights in Keswick beside Derwent Water one of Cumbria’s great lakes.

Here you can add in some extra nights to cycle further, relax or even take in one of the many hiking opportunities in the area. Then we cycle east across the Pennine hills to Newcastle, stopping in Alston the UK’s highest market town. The next two days you shall follow the path of Hadrian’s Wall back to Carlisle. Along the route, you shall pass various former Roman forts constructed along the wall to house the many soldiers keeping guard.

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Price Includes

  • 7 nights bed and breakfast in 3 or 4 star hotels, guest houses and country inns
  • Welcome Meeting (only when renting bikes)
  • Navigation by Smart Phone App.
  • Route Turn by Turn Cue sheet
  • Luggage transfers
  • GPS Files on request

Price Excludes

  • Transport before and after tour
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Single Room Supplement
  • Hybrid Rental Bike
  • Road Bike Rental Bike
  • E-Bike Rental Bike
  • Extra nights
  • Car Parking
Trip Info

Bike Rental

We believe we have the best rental bikes available in this region. They are 24/27 speed Scott hybrids, Scott E-bikes, Scott racing bikes and Dawes tandems.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Cycling that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.


Day 1Arrive in Carlisle

Today arrive at Carlisle, easily reached from the airports in Newcastle, Manchester or Liverpool. Carlisle is on the border of Scotland and England.  It is on Hadrian’s Wall and to the north of the English Lake District.  Carlisle has been an important city for centuries as it has been a border city. The castle which has provided security from invasions for 900 years and Carlisle has been invaded ten times, more times than any other city in the Kingdom. The castle was an important Royal base for kings throughout the centuries. The cathedral in the city was also built some 900 years ago.

Day 2Carlisle to Keswick 30 miles 48 km

Today you leave Carlisle and head south into the Northern sections of the English Lake District. Cycling away from Carlisle alongside the River Caldew and onto open farmlands through lovely country lanes. Soon you reach the Caldbeck Fells of the northern lakes which you circle on the lower slopes before descending into Keswick which situated on one of the great lakes, Derwent Water. The first evidence of a settlement here dates back to the stone age.  The nearby stone circle of Castlerigg is evidence of this. Various town names in the area give indications of invasions of the Norsemen n the 10th century.

Day 3Keswick Loop 27 miles 43 km

Now it is time to explore the beautiful English Lake District or you can decide to maybe take a rest day and relax in this beautiful Cumbrian town. Your ride today will take you alongside Derwent Water through Rosthwaite and Borrowdale before climbing over Honister Pass at 300m.  This climb is steep but of course, you can walk up. You shall pass Honister slate mines the oldest in the UK where slate mining has taken place since 1728.  It is well worth a visit. You now descend to Buttermere and  Cummock Water. Here it is well worth a picnic or lunch break.  You now start making your way back to Keswick but you have to climb over Whinlater pass (250m) first to Keswick. Although you have two climbs you will be rewarded with stunning lake and mountain scenery.

Optional Night Keswick

Today you can take a deserved rest, do some walking or relax in Keswick. For those who wish to cycle it is back over Whinlater Pass and down the Larton Valley to Cockermouth. Now you follow the River Derwent and above Bassenthwaite Lake to Keswick.

Day 4Keswick to Alston 45 miles 72 km

A long day today as you cycle through the North Pennine Hills along the Sea to Sea cycle route. You cycle in an easterly direction passing through Penrith. Penrith has a massive ruined castle once occupied by Richard III and was built in the 14th century. After your visit, you continue through Huddlesceugh where you start your final climb over the Pennines to Alston passing through Hartside.  Usually, there is a prevailing west wind which will blow you along your journey through the Pennines. Your destination Alston is the UK’s highest market town.

Day 5Alston to Ryton or Hexham 36 miles 57km (Hexham) 49 miles, 79 km (Ryton).

Your ride today includes a few climbs as you continue over the Pennine Hills towards Newcastle. It is a remote area and is sparsely populated.  Soon you shall start the gradual descent towards the City of Newcastle where you will stay overnight in Ryton just to the west of the city. If you stay overnight in Hexham, you shall first climb slightly out of Alston before a gradual descent to the market town of Hexham. Hexham has a historic past with some fabulous architecture including the Anglo-Saxon Abbey.  It has also been influenced by the Romans, Vikings and the ‘Border Reivers’.

Day 6Ryton or Hexham to Haltwhistle 30 miles, 48 km

Leaving Ryton, you will quickly join the Hadrian’s Cycleway going west. You will pass Stephenson’s Cottage where the famous railway engineer was born and on to Corbridge, originally a Roman town. Here if you stayed in Hexham, you shall join the route. In Corbridge, you can visit the Roman Fort before continuing to the market town of Hexham where you can admire the ancient Abbey. the Abbey is the Priory and parish church of Saint Andrew and has been a point of religious service for 1340 years.  After your visit, you continue west along Hadrian’s cycleway where the terrain now becomes more undulating. There’s a slight detour to visit the Roman fort of Housesteads, then passing the reconstructed Vindolanda fort before arriving at the National Park Visitor Centre, situated next to the most spectacular remains of Hadrian’s Wall.  You then have a quick descent to Haltwhistle, known locally as the town at the centre of Britain.

Day 7 Haltwhistle to Carlisle 29 miles 46 km

Some hilly sections today as you descend across the northern end of the Pennines following the course of Hadrian’s Wall past Gisland where you can visit the Birdoswald Roman Fort, then onto the Vale of Eden into Carlisle. A lovely last day of cycling passing several pretty villages. Once you arrive do not forget to further explore the city of Carlisle.

Day 8Departure

Depart after breakfast.


How to get there

By Plane
To Newcastle airport and then by train to Carlisle.
To Manchester to Liverpool airports and then by train to Carlisle.

By Train
To Carlisle where you have a short Taxi transfer to your hotel

By Car
To Carlisle.

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