Cycling Northumberland September 2015

 

 

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

 

Grading is via Cycalc <download here>

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Just the two of us, we finally ‘crossed the line’ on route to the George Hotel, Chollerford: 33-miles with 1830ft accent, grade average-B

 

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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 – and this was the hardest day!

 

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

 

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Lots to see on the way, including heather in abundance

 

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We finally arrive at Clennell Hall Hotel: 37-miles with 3218ft accent, grade average-C(66W+0)

 

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

 

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Big skies and beautiful countryside

 

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

 

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Time for tea and cake before reaching our destination: the Coach House, Crookham: 35-miles with 2288ft accent, grade hard-B

 

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

 

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

 

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Up a very steep hill in Chirnside to reach the Chirnside Hall Hotel: 37-miles with 2200ft accent, grade hard-B

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Over the Lindisfarne causeway and finally The Manor House Hotel: 29-miles with 1660ft accent, grade mild-B

 

Day-6: heading south, down the coast

 

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

 

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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 with 1940ft accent, grade hard-B

 

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

 

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Over the ancient bridge at Warkworth, through the wynds

 

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Warkworth Castle (Lance’s favourite castle)

 

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

 

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The last day was 36-miles with 1250ft accent, grade average-B

 

Completing our 254-miles with 15000ft of accent.

 

 

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