There are hundreds of cycle routes to follow across the UK, and we've written about many of them (read our guide about the Exe Estuary Trail here). But we do have to admit, we have a real soft spot for Hadrian's Cycleway (Route 72). This route isn't particularly challenging but it does take you past some of the prettiest areas in the North of England, including a good mix of coastal and inland scenery as well as, of course, Hadrian's Wall.
We'll be taking a close look at this route, highlighting each section and the things you can see and do along the way if you're not pressed for time and fancy stopping. Let's get into it:
Where does Hadrian's Cycleway start and end?
Hadrian's Cycleway is a very flat 174 mile route between Ravenglass and Whitley Bay, and you should expect it to take you around 15-20 hours if you are taking no breaks. More specifically, the route starts at the Glannaventa Roman Bath House just outside of Ravenglass and ends in South Shields.
The route is going to take you past, through and around almost 30 towns, villages, and cities, so there is plenty to see and do along the way. We couldn't possibly include all of it in this guide, so we've highlighted some of the best attractions on the route for you to check out. Some of them will be well-known and some of them will be more like hidden gems, so hopefully there is a good mix for all tastes.
What sections are there?
Ravenglass to Whitehaven - 22 miles (35.5 km)
Whitehaven to Maryport - 15 miles (24 km)
Maryport to Silloth - 16 miles (25.5 km)
Silloth to Angerton - 12 miles (19.5 km)
Angerton to Carlisle - 23 miles (37 km)
Carlisle to Brampton - 15 miles (24 km)
Brampton to Haltwhistle - 14 miles (22.5 km)
Haltwhistle to Hexham - 22 miles (35.5 km)
Hexham to Prudhoe - 11 miles (17.5 km)
Prudhoe to Newcastle - 13 miles (21 km)
Newcastle to South Shields - 11 miles (17.5 km)
South Shields to Whitley Bay (11 miles) (17.5km)
What is there to see and do as you cycle along Hadrian's Cycleway?
Ravenglass - Whitehaven
Whitehaven - Maryport
Maryport - Silloth
Silloth - Angerton
Angerton - Carlisle
Carlisle - Brampton
Brampton - Haltwhistle
Haltwhistle - Hexham
Hexham - Prudhoe
Prudhoe - Newcastle
Newcastle - South Shields
South Shields - Whitley Bay
Visiting Whitley Bay
St. Mary’s Lighthouse
Walk along the promenade
What should you be aware of before heading along the Hadrian's Cycleway?