Cycling Northumberland September 2015

 

 

The map above can be zoomed and panned to follow our route.

 

Grading is via Cycalc <download here> Settings: Weight 150lbs, Panniers√, MTB/Road√, Power 67, Grade Weighting 5

 

 

Here is a selection of photos of our holiday, approximately in order…

 

254-miles to go, we started at our friend, Ashley’s, house…

 

Ashley joined us as far as Ponteland, where Ron joined us as far as Stamfordham…

 

Just the two of us, we finally ‘crossed the line’ on route to the George Hotel, Chollerford: 33-miles, grade mild-B…

 

Dusk, the North Tyne and the 18th century bridge at Chollerford, viewed from the hotel…

 

 

Day-2 was not as sunny, and we were heading north into a headwind…

 

 

Northumberland, like The Borders of Scotland, is a marvellous place for a bike ride…

 

Lots to see on the way, including heather in abundance…

 

We finally arrive at Clennell Hall Hotel: 37-miles, grade average-C…

 

Day-3: still into a headwind, we continued north…

 

 

 

Big skies and beautiful countryside…

 

This part of Northumberland was getting ready for the Tour of Britain bike race…

 

Time for tea and cake before reaching our destination: the Coach House, Crookham: 35-miles, grade hard-B…

 

Day-4: our sojourn in to Scotland for one night…

 

Our route took us past Flodden Field, the site of the last medieval pitched battle…

 

Up a very steep hill in Chirnside to reach the Chirnside Hall Hotel: 37-miles, grade hard-B…

 

Day-5: the rain reached us, but only for a short while. On our way to Lindisfarne…

 

Rain, yes. But there are always the tea-stops!

 

The wind whipped-up some big seas. Lance and his levitating bike…

 

Over the Lindisfarne causeway and finally The Manor House Hotel: 29-miles, grade mild-B…

 

Day-6: heading south, down the coast…

 

A quick tour of the island before heading back over the causeway…

 

A tea-stop at Bamburgh (with the peoples favourite castle) and on to Dunstanburgh, Julie’s favourite castle…

 

We spent the night at The Old Granary, Alnmouth: 42-miles, grade hard-B…

 

Day-7, our last day of the holiday – and we get to see Lance’s favourite castle!

 

Over the ancient bridge at Warkworth, through the wynds….

 

Warkworth Castle (Lance’s favourite castle)…

 

Ashley joined us for tea and cake 20-miles from home. We proceeded past some of the highlights of North Tyneside..

 

The last day was 36-miles, grade average-B…

 

Completing our 254-miles with 15000ft of accent.

 

 

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