Hadrian’s Cycleway (NCN Route 72 / HCW)
Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage corridor is the ‘hook’ for this heritage cycle route which winds its way for 174 miles between Ravenglass and Tyneside. Only Silloth to the mouth of the Tyne is officially open although most of the west coast alignment is signed and frequently cycled.
The 33 miles in Northumberland visits the iconic central sections of the Wall at every opportunity and would do so more if the infrastructure permitted which is why this scenic route meanders as much. The middle section of Hadrian’s Cycleway is hilly and literally passes numerous ‘doorways’ into Roman history.
West to east is usually wind assisted and once the River Tyne is reached not far from the old Roman town of Corbridge, the remaining section to the North Sea is entirely flat.