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Hadrian's Wall Cycleway over 4 days...

Discussion in 'Member's Travelogues' started by contadino, 20 Sep 2015.

  1. contadino

    contadino Senior Member

    I did the above with my cousin last weekend and had a great time. We extended it to 4 days because she got pregnant between us deciding to do the ride and actually doing it plus I haven't been riding much over the summer due to the nutty temperatures here in Italy.

    I've posted some waffle and pics here: http://jeremy.contadini.co.uk/hadrians-wall-cycleway/ There are also gpx files on there broken into a 4 day ride in case they're any use to anyone.

    It was the first time I've cycled in England for maybe 16 or 17 years and I thoroughly enjoyed it. We're already talking about maybe doing the Yorkshire Wolds NCN 66 sometime next year.
     
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  2. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

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    Nice write up. :becool:
     
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  3. Pale Rider

    Pale Rider Guru

    Good report on your blog - not too long.

    A mate wants to do this ride over two days.

    I think I could just about manage the distance, but the climbing would wipe me out.
     
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  4. ufkacbln

    ufkacbln Guest

    Excellent post

    There is a major problem with the Hadrians Wall Cycleway (well 2 actually)

    First there is a lot to see on the way and take photos of
    Secondly there is a lot of stuff to see near the route, but that involves going into the valleys and climbing back up to the route again!
     
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  5. Hill Wimp

    Hill Wimp Fair weathered,fair minded but easily persuaded. Staff Member

    Good write up:okay:
     
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  6. OP
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    contadino

    contadino Senior Member

    I think if we'd done it at the end of June I'd have been able to do it in two. Wouldn't have been as much fun. 3 is the usual, but if the weather is bad that would be a bit of a grind.

    The climbing was tough for me because my bike doesn't have a particularly low gear and I think it would be a bit easier on a proper tourer.
     
  7. puffinbilly

    puffinbilly Über Member

    Excellent write up - some excellent cycling to be had through that part of the country. Corbridge seems to be a mecca for cyclists - useful junction for the Durham Dales, Hadrian's Wall or the Northumberland National Park. I regularly cycle the route from Hexham to the coast at Tynemouth and was surprised to see the amount of climbing involved on your last day - I always consider this a flattish ride for around these parts.
     
  8. Gert Lush

    Gert Lush Senior Member

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    Weston-super-Mare
    Nice write up! :smile: I'd be interested in doing this, maybe next year.
     
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    contadino

    contadino Senior Member

    I'm not really sure of the normal way to quote climbing. That's what came out of the GPS but I think there was roughly the same amount of descent (maybe a little more). Do folk normally quote a net figure?
     
  10. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

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    If you start at sea level and end up at sea level it should be equal. :whistle:
     
  11. puffinbilly

    puffinbilly Über Member

    No that's the right way to state the climbing involved - otherwise on my loop I would always be zero,:smile:
    I told one lady who was doing a charity ride C2C in the early summer that I bumped into in Corbridge that there was no climbing left - she reminded me of it half an hour later as I passed her panting up the hill outside of Corbridge.:blush:
     
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    contadino

    contadino Senior Member

    That's what I thought. Pretty much every ride is a circuit, so they'd all climb 0m net.
     
  13. Lostmiles

    Lostmiles Active Member

    Location:
    Scottish Borders
    Thanks for the write up. Liked it. Useful to me as I anticipate following in your tracks.
     
  14. sotkayak

    sotkayak Senior Member

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    Canterbury,Kent
    Looks good . But 4 days ! ! reckon it'd take me 10 days...(The old Romans only did 20 miles a day.......)