England North-South Cycle Route

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If you enjoy traffic calmed cycling and sightseeing from your bicycle, whether on your own or with your loved ones, this guidebook is for you. It allows you to cycle all the way from the Scottish border across England to the Isle of Wight on the south coast, taking in as many famous English landmarks as possible. The route includes the full North Sea Cycle Route between Berwick-upon-Tweed and Hull and continues south via Peak District National Park all the way into the New Forest.

Choose to cycle the route in short sections or cycle the whole route in one go! What makes the guidebook unique is that it offers a full pack of route directions, high-profile mapping, insider visitor information, and accommodation suggestions,  all over an incredible distance. The route is generally via well-paved paths or quiet roads and is completely continuous. Are you ready for #realjourneys?

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Whether you are cycling south from Scotland or took the train up from Newcastle, the coast of Northumberland between Berwick upon Tweed and Newcastle will take your breath away. Lindisfarne Holy Island with its unique causeway and five historic remote castles are the main attractions. One of them is Alnwick Castle, famous for the Harry Potter film appearances.

Newcastle is the largest city on the route. With the estuary of the River Tyne, things never feel crowded. You cycle via the famous Angel of the North, Millennium Bridge and historic Grainger Town to remains of the Roman Hadrian’s Wall.

Derwent Walk Country Park features a worldclass cycle path in a wooded valley, heading for World Heritage site Durham, with its historic city square, cathedral and castle. Returning to the North Sea Coast, Hartlepool Headland and the famous River Tees Transporter Bridge take you via industrial Middlesbrough into North York Moors National Park.

After a demanding ride in beautiful countryside with moors and valleys, Whitby town and abbey are at the start of the coastal Cinder Track to seaside resort Scarborough. Cycle to York via the Yorkshire  Wolds or head for the Hull ferry.

From the Hull ferry, you can also join our route south via York. York is England’s most populair tourist destination after London, famous for its cathedral, city walls and National Railway  and Jorvik Museums. Via the low lying Humberhead Levels, Selby Abbey and Doncaster, the Trans Pennines Trail takes you to higher grounds. The Don Valley Trail via the Wharncliffe Woods take you to Peak District National Park.

At remote Stanage Edge you’ll find yourself on the top of the world. This spectacular vaultline of rock continues to Castleton, famous for its caves and castle. The Monsal Trail features spectacular tunnels and high bridges and takes you to bustling Bakewell. The scenic Tissington Trail will finally take you out of the hilly Pennines.

Via the pretty Derbyshire Dales, Burton on Trent with its brewery museum and the National Forest you’ll arrive in Leicester. The National Space Centre and King Richard III Museum can keep you occupied before heading deeper south to the orginal rugby grounds of Rugby, stylish Royal Leamington Spa, grand Warwick Castle and the hustle and bustle of Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon.

The Cotswolds are remarkably quiet, featuring hilly countryside hardly affectted by modern times. Its marble is Blenheim Palace World Heritage just before arriving in famous Oxford. Then you make your way into the Wessex Downs via the Ridgeway, taking you via Uffington White Horse to the World Heritage stone circles of Avebury and Stonehenge. Salisbury is famous for its beautiful cathedral.

Deep south, forest tracks in the New Forest National Park take you to Isle of Wight ferry.  The cliffs of The Needles are your ultimate ‘end of the land’-finale of the ride. Via the spectacular Tennyson Trail you’ll arrive at Sandown Beach before hovercrafting to bustling Portsmouth with its numerous railway and ferry connections.

 

What you’ll see 

Traffic-free cycle trails: Hadrian’s Cycle Way, Derwent Walk Country Park, Lanchester Way, Cinder Track, Trans Pennine Trail, Upper Don Trail, Monsal Trail, Tissington Trail, Ivanhoe Trail, Great Central Way, Ridgeway, forest tracks New Forest National Park, Tennyson Trail, Newport-Sandown Cycle Way. The route also features the North Sea Cycle Route between Berwick-upon-Tweed and Hull.

National Parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty: Lindisfarne Holy Island, Cleveland Hills, North Yorkshire Moors National Park, Yorkshire Wolds, Humberhead Levels, Peak District National Park (The Pennines), Derbyshire Dales, National Forest, The Cotswolds, North Wessex Downs, Vale of White Horse, Salisbury Plains, New Forest National Park, Isle of Wight.

Scenic towns and cities: Berwick-upon-Tweed, Alnwick, Newcastle (Grainger Town), Durham, Whitby, Scarborough, Hull Old Town, York, Castleton, Bakewell, Ashbourne, Royal Leamington Spa, Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford, Abingdon, Salisbury.

Beaches and coastal features: Spittal Promenade, North Sunderland Harbour, Embleton Beach, Druridge Bay Beach, Newbiggin by the Sea, Blyth South Beach, Whitley Bay, Steetley Beach, Hartlepool Headland, Seaton Carew Beach, Whitby Harbour, Robin Hood’s Bay, Blea Wyke Point, Hayburn Wyke Waterfall, Scarborough Beaches, Cayton Bay Beach, Bempton Cliffs, Flamborough Head, Bridlington Beach, Hornsea Beach, The Needles Isle of Wight, Alum Bay, Freshwater Bay Beach, Sandown Beach, Portsmouth Harbour.

Castles, cathedrals, abbeys and ancient monuments: Lindisfarne Castle, Bamburgh Castle, Dunstanburgh Castle, Alnwick Castle, Warkworth Castle, Tynemouth Priory & Castle, Newcastle – The Castle, Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage, Durham Castle World Heritage, Durham Cathedral World Heritage, Whitby Abbey, Scarborough Castle, York Minster, Selby Abbey, Conisbrough Castle, Peveril Castle, Arbor Low stone circle, Leicester Cathedral, Abbey Park Leicester, Warwick Castle, North Leigh Roman Villa, Oxford Christ Church Cathedral, Uffington White Horse, Barbury Castle, Avebury stone circle World Heritage, Stonehenge stone circle World Heritage, Old Sarum, Salisbury Cathedral.

Nature reserves, noticeable parks and beauty spots: Ladyburn Lake, Peasholm Park Scarborough, Sprotbrough Falls, Old Moor Wetland Reserve, Worsbrough Country Park, Wharncliffe Woods, Stanage Edge, Beehive Woodlands Lakes, Thornton Reservoir, Draycote Water Country Park, Jephson Gardens Royal Leamington Spa, Bolderwood and Rhinefield Ornamental Drive.

Country houses and gardens: Howick Hall Gardens, Old Durham Gardens, Sledmere House, Sewerby Hall, Wentworth Castle Gardens (Stainborough Castle), Charlecote Park, Kiftsgate Court Gardens, Hidcot Manor Gardens, Blenheim Palace World Heritage, Mottistone Gardens.

Attractions: CBK Kayak Hire Whitley Bay, Blue Reef Aquarium Whitley Bay, Diggerland Langley Park, The Moors National Park Centre, North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway, Dracula Experience Whitby, North Yorkshire Off Road Centre, Scarborough North Bay Railway, Scarborough Spa Cliff Lift, Wharram Percy deserted village, The Deep Hull, Derwent Valley Light Railway, York Minster, Castleton Caves, Alton Towers (via short bus/taxi ride), National Space Center Leicester, Tudor World Stratford-upon-Avon, Royal Shakespeare Theatre Stratford-upon-Avon, The Bodleian Library Oxford,  Blackwell’s Oxford, Isle of Wight steam railway, Spinnaker Tower Portsmouth.

Museums: Barracks and Main Guard Museum Berwick-upon-Tweed, Berwick Museum and Art Gallery, Alnwick Bailiffgate Museum, Woodhorn Museum Northumberland, Northshields Heritage Center, Bowes Railway Museum, Durham Museum, Heugh Battery Museum Hartlepool, Royal Navy Museum Hartlepool, Hartlepool Museum, Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum Great Ayton, Museum of Victorian Science, Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, Rotunda Museum Scarborough, Museum Quarter Hull, Yorkshire Museum of Farming, National Railway Museum York, Jorvik Museum York, York Castle Museum, Yorkshire Museum York, Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum, National Brewery Centre Burton-on-Trent, Jewry Wall Museum Leicester, King Richard III Museum Leicester, Guildhall Museum Leicester, Leamington Spa Museum, Wellesbourne Wartime Museum, Shakespeare’s Birthplace Home Museum Stratford-upon-Avon,  Mechanical Art Museum Stratford-upon-Avon, Combe Mill Museum, Oxford Bus Museum, University Museum of Natural History Oxford, Pitt Rivers Museum Oxford, History of Science Museum Oxford, Ashmoleum Museum Oxford, Museum of Oxford, Modern Art Museum  Oxford, Story Museum Oxford, Didcot Railway Centre, Vale and Downland Museum Wantage, Keiller Museum Avebury, Salisbury Museum, Wardrobe Museum Salisbury, Old Battery Museum Isle of Wight, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Special landmarks and infrastructure: Berwick Old Bridge, Tyne Cycle Tunnel, Angel of the North, Willington Viaduct,  Millennium Bridge Newcastle, Tyne Bridge Newcastle, Grainger Market Newcastle, Grey’s monument Newcastle, Nine Arches Viaduct, Hownsgill Viaduct, River Tees Transporter Bridge, Captain Cook’s Monument, Larpool Viaduct, 99 Steps Whitby, York City Walls & The Shambles, Thurgoland Tunnel, Ladybower Dam, Mam Tor, Litton Tunnel, Cressbrook Tunnel, Headstone Bridge/Tunnel, Ashbourne Tunnel, Ferry Bridge/Staplehill Viaduct Burton-on-Trent, Clock Tower Leicester, The Close rugbygroud Rugby, Stockton Locks Grand Union Canal, Gower Memorial Stratford-upon-Avon, Radcliffe Camera Oxford, Bridge of Sighs Oxford, Alton Barnes White Horse, Lymington-Yarmouth ferry, The Needles Isle of Wight, Hovertravel Ryde-Portsmouth.

 

Route updates and more

Travelling from abroad: If you are visiting from the European continent, the North Sea ferry crossings between The Netherlands and the United Kingdom are the obvious connections to get started on the route. Both Newcastle and Hull ferry ports are directly on the route, connecting retrospectively to Amsterdam IJmuiden (www.dfdsseaways.co.uk) and Rotterdam Europoort (www.poferries.com). At the southern end of the route, there are various options to return to the continent, depending on your final destination. From Portsmouth, various ferries head for France; Cherbourg, Caen, Le Havre and St Malo  (www.britanny-ferries.co.uk). Dutch, Belgian and German riders could take the train to Dover, with only one required change in Brighton. Dutch author Kees Swart has a guidebook featuring Portsmouth-Dover (‘Fietsen rond het Kanaal’, ISBN 978-90-77056-33-2). From Dover, various ferry operators can take you to Calais or Dunkerque.

Travelling within the United Kingdom: Important for travelling within the UK are the Cross Country Trains services between Edinburgh and Bournemouth with a compulsory change at station Birmingham New Street. Travel between Berwick-upon-Tweed and Birmingham will take just over four hours, Birmingham-Portsmouth with a change at Southampton takes about three hours. Expect such long-distance connections to run about 4-5 times per day. Buy tickets in advance to keep the price acceptable and ensure to have a reserved space for your bike. Book online via www.crosscountrytrains.co.uk.

John ‘o Groats-Land’s End: For mileage-makers who are cycling from John ‘o Groats in Scotland to Land’s End in Cornwall, it is possible to use England North-South in combination with  our ‘London-Land’s End Cycle Route’. By using both books you would be served with a fully described route for the English section of the journey between Berwick-on-Tweed and Land’s End in Cornwall. Change books at Alton Barnes, where the routes cross each other.

Facility Listings:

For your choice of accommodation on the way, please use our facility listings featuring hotels, B&Bs, guesthouses, hostels, bunkhouses, campsites and bike repair shops. We did a lot of research to provide you with the best choices relevant for the route. Only local businesses with professional standards are listed. All facilities are either directly on or close to the route. We have omitted venues that require membership (YHA excepted) or a stay of minimum two nights. Also, campsites not allowing tents are naturally not listed!

To avoid disappointments, we recommend making reservations at least 24 hours in advance for all accommodation, even for campsites! For some campsites, this is now compulsory. Please refer to the terms and conditions of the provider in advance and adhere to the rules of the provider!

Route updates: Things do change; routes do get improved or are closed down!  Venues come and go as well and our eyes can’t be anywhere. When cycling the route, have your eyes out for changes and report these to us. We keep a PDF available for you to download prior to cycling the route. You can here download the updates for this route: Download Route Updates England North-South Cycle Route.