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Pedal the Wall (Hadrian's Wall)

Exploring Hadrian’s Wall Country on two wheels is a joy. Here you’ll find quiet country lanes, cycle paths and bridleways that make cycling a pleasure. Pedalling through this landscape will make your holiday all the more memorable as you connect more immediately to the world around you.

Hadrian’s Cycleway is National Route 72, part of the National Cycle Network maintained by Sustrans, the charity that supports travelling by foot, bike or public transport. Linking the North and Irish Seas, Hadrian’s Cycleway is signposted along its entire 174 miles, following along the Roman frontier and the Cumbrian coastline. Buy your official route map from sustransshop.co.uk

For shorter routes, there are numerous do-in-a-day rides, both circular and linear, incorporating bike-carrying public transport if need be, available from Tourist Information Centres locally or from visithadrianswall.co.uk

One recommended yet challenging route links the Roman Wall near Brampton and Haltwhistle with the amazing Roman fort at Whitley Castle near Alston – preserved almost as the Romans left it 1,600 years ago, the buildings crumbled but the ditches and ramparts still standing proud. Find the Brampton, Haltwhistle and Alston tour at visiteden.co.uk

Whichever route you choose, you can discover the many Roman sites dotted throughout the World Heritage Site, and a variety of other historic and modern attractions and picturesque villages, all set in glorious scenery.