Hadrian’s Cycleway runs from the east coast of England to the west coast. It passes through some fabulous and fascinating history, with views of the famous ancient wall and stop offs at the Roman forts. The route spilts naturally into three day rides with a good choice of accommodation in hostels and bunkhouses. An obvious first/last stop is at Hillside Farm Bunbarn.
Hadrians Cycleway - National Cycle Route 72
Hadrian’s Cycleway accommodation
You are spoilt for choice with some amazing places to stay along your ride, from a traditional farmhouse welcome to a city centre hostel. There is a great selection of places to rest your head. Not to mention the communal rooms; great places to relax and meet other travellers.
We know the importance of conserving your energy for when it matters most. Six of the hostels and bunkhouses on this map are right on the route with a few others a short ride away. This means no extra pedalling when all you want to do is have a hearty meal and a lie-down!
Our hostels are no strangers to Hadrian’s Wall walkers, this is why many of them provide evening meals and/or breakfasts, and generally provide bedding (always best to check this).
Cycling Hadrian’s Cycleway
Also known as National Cycle Route 72 this 160-mile (274 km) trail begins at Glannaventa Roman Bath House, just outside Ravenglass. From there you will enjoy coastal views, breathtaking countryside, Roman forts, quiet villages and bustling market towns before finishing at South Shields in Tyne & Wear.
Where is Hadrian’s Wall?
Contrary to popular belief, the wall is not located on the modern-day border between Scotland and England. It follows the line of the Roman frontier 1000 years ago. The entirety of Hadrian’s wall is firmly planted on the English side of the border. It traverses England through Northumberland and Cumbria beginning in the east in Bowness-on-Solway, Cumbria and finishing in Newcastle in the west.
How long does it take to cycle Hadrian’s Cycleway?
On average, the rides will take 3 days to a week to complete depending on fitness levels and experience. There is a good selection of bunkhouses and hostels along the way. Finding your way is easy, the route is marked as NCN Route 72 . The route is a mixture of on-road and traffic-free sections.
Hadrian’s Wall stretches off into the distance.
Enjoying the wall…
Why not book two nights in one location and take some time to explore the well-preserved Roman history you are cycling through?