We rode the 200 mile route in 3 days over a long weekend, here is our journey day by day.
- Arrive by train in Newcastle Upon Tyne – direct from London
- Make sure book bike space with ticket – limited space
- We stayed at the Albatross hostel. Great for location and cleanliness
- Photo id for check-in even if British.
Day 1 – Newcastle to Seahouses 70 miles
- Leaving Newcastle stop at sainsburys supermarket for lunch.
- Head to the quayside and follow north bank of river tyne.
- Route 10 to Tynemouth. Take in the heritage of dockyards. Head out to most Easterly part of trip.
- Also end of coast to coast cycleroute. Then start of the route 1 Head north along beautiful beaches and sand dunes.
- Shared pavement with pedestrians.
- Then Blyth. Quite industrial. Lose route, just head north.
- Following dual carriageway to reach lynemouth and the whole route opens up – druiridge links road and rspb nature reserve.
- Alnmouth. Arrival very picturesque. Great pubs. Well worth a stop.
- Off road to sugar sands. Bridges over streams and beaches. Farm tracks and views of castles. A few hills before Craster. Kippers your thing. Place to head. Fast section to seahouses via b roads and across Edinburgh main line. Well signed.
Day 2 – Seahouses to Innerleithen 80 miles
- Today is the longest day, but certainly the most varied – coast, castles and into the Scottish borders!
- Leave Seahouses to head towards Bamburgh castle, and down some lovely country lanes before crossing the A1 and east coast railway crossing.
- Before long you will be back on the coast after an inland stretch and after Berwick golf course and some fantastic beaches, you will descend into Berwick. We stopped here for lunch – plenty of choices here.
- From Berwick onwards you have a quite long stretch of around 60 miles until the finish for today – lots of country estates and farms you will ride pass, mostly traffic tree, with some busy roads.
- The last stretch before Innerleithen takes you along a scenic forest road with glimpses down the river valley. Take your time here to wind down and enjoy the Scottish scenery!
Day 3 – Innerleithen to Edinburgh 23 miles
- A farewell to the lovely valley of Innerleithen, and an easy country road out of the town past the golf course to the Moorfoot Hills. Not the most technical of climbs, but a steady climb of around 5 miles nonetheless. Passing beautiful streams, farms and forests.
- Before the descent down to Edinburgh, you will have great views out to the Forth, and view of the borders, as well as Edinburgh.
- A nice easy descent to the lowlands, and then a steady ride into villages, and when the area you ride through gets more and more built up, you know you are not far from the finish.
- This is where the map comes in handy, or if you are in a rush use the GPS device on your phone.
- We finished at the castle in Edinburgh – be careful, as there are cobbled streets on the royal mile. Also the whisky shops are great for gift shopping!
- We stayed at the Argyll backpackers overnight, and got the train from Waverley Station back to London Kings Cross.
- Don’t forget to get to the station slightly earlier (30 mins) to walk to the front of the train to put your bikes in the guards carriage.