This Coast to Coast 3-day cycle ride takes in five amazing castles as well as some of the delights that Hadrian’s Wall has to offer. The route is approximately 200 miles, starting from Bamburgh Castle in the North East and finishing at Lancaster Castle in the North West, travelling via Alnwick Castle (a must for Harry Potter fans) and Lowther Castle as well as visiting some of the famous sites of Hadrian’s Wall.
Join us on this awesome challenge as we cycle together to raise vital funds and awareness for Blackpool Carers Centre , an independent charity supporting unpaid carers looking after family or friends with an illness or disability.
Dates and Prices
Date of Event
29 Jul – 1 Aug 2020
4 Days (3 cycling)
Self Funding Fee
Day 1 – Arrival in Seahouses, near Bamburgh Castle.
Arriving in the charming village of Seahouses on the North Northumberland Coast on Wednesday evening, you will check into your event accommodation and register with Chapeau crew in preparation for your ride the following morning.
Day 2 – Bamburgh Castle Inn to Hexham
Approximate cycling distance 111km (69 miles)
We begin our event by leaving the hotel (and the east coast) as we set off to our first castle of the trip, the magnificent royal fortress of Bamburgh Castle, the first castle in the world to fall to gunpowder. After a quick team photo outside the castle, we head south to Alnwick and our first Water Stop with a backdrop of the iconic Alnwick Castle, built in the 11th century but better known now for its association with Harry Potter. From here we continue south west towards the Northumberland National Park and lunch in Rothbury. Our final destination for the day is Hexham, having continued our journey south passing quaint villages and stunning scenery, stopping for a well earned coffee at Kirkharle along the way. Hexham itself is an adorable market town built around an abbey founded by the Anglo-Saxons and as we settle into our hotel for the evening we marvel at the splendour of the abbey just across the way.
Day 3 – Hexham to Penrith
Approximate cycling distance 99km (62 miles)
We start our second day of cycling heading north to Chollerford before continuing west along Hadrian’s Wall. The morning is all about the great wall, built to guard the wild north-west frontier of the Roman Empire and as we pass along a small part of its 73 miles, we stop at Brocolitia to see for ourselves The Temple of Mithras. Further photo opportunities present themselves as we pass Housesteads Roman Fort and Sycamore Gap (the Sycamore tree made famous in the film Robin Hood Prince of Thieves). We will certainly be ready for a cup of tea and a snack by the time we reach Cawfield, the site of a former quarry that cuts dramatically through the Wall.
We leave the Wall heading in a southerly direction to Haltwhistle and Lambley before continuing on towards Langwathby and our final destination for the night at Penrith, home of our third castle – built in the 14th century along the Anglo-Scottish border and once owned by Richard III.
Day 4 – Penrith to Lancaster Castle
Approximate cycling distance 109km (68 miles)
Riding out of Penrith this morning we quickly arrive at our fourth castle at the stunning Lowther Castle & Gardens. The imposing castle ruins sits on a majestic elevated spot surrounded by woodland and ancient gardens. We continue through the Lake District National Park and at Pooley Bridge start to pass along Lake Ullswater on its western side, having our first Water Stop at Glenridding, a village at the foot of Helvellyn (England’s third highest mountain – don’t worry we wont be climbing it today!). From there we head to Bowness-in-Windermere and Levens before making our final push to the west coast at Morecambe Bay for our Coast to Coast finish and then Lancaster Castle, our fifth castle for our Castle to Castle finish. Lancaster Castle (known as John O’Gaunt’s Castle) is one of the most historically fascinating surviving buildings in the country and a fitting place to celebrate our achievements of a fantastic ride.
• Full bike transport from the Blackpool Carers Centre to the starting hotel at Bamburgh Castle Inn, if required.
• All accommodation – 3 nights.
• All breakfast, lunches and evening meals, starting from breakfast on day 2 to lunch on day 4.
• Full TCX and GPS files with navigational turns
• Complete transport of luggage between hotels during the ride
• Full trip support including mechanics, first aid, drivers and full route support
• Water stops
• Personal transport to the start at Bamburgh Castle Inn and return from the finish at Lancaster Castle.
• A bicycle
• Personal travel insurance
• Evening meal on Day 1
• Drinks, personal items or entry to any optional tourist sites you may wish to visit.
• Remember to allow extra money for any unprovided meals as stated in the itinerary and any additional drinks, souvenirs and other personal expenses you may require.
• We strongly recommend you carry a credit card in case of personal emergency.
What can I expect from your accommodation?
Accommodation is in 3-4* hotels, picked for their proximity to our route. All the hotels we choose are excellent with en-suite facilities, offering exceptional value for money; standards however may vary between the hotels. The price of this trip is based on two people sharing a room. If you are travelling on your own don’t worry, we will pair you up with somebody in a similar position. You can also opt for a single room, but this will incur a supplementary charge, (£160 for the 3 nights).
What food is included and does it cater for all diets?
Breakfast, lunches and evening meals will be provided as part of the event package, starting with breakfast on day two and finishing with lunch on day four. We will provide refreshments at each cycle checkpoint consisting of water, juices and high-energy snacks. Lunches are provided by Chapeau Catering and are a generous buffet-style (hot and cold) with plenty of energy food to keep you going! Chapeau can cater for all special dietary requirements provided you let us know well in advance of the trip; however, if you have unique dietary requirements it’s advised that you bring some of your favourite snacks with you for riding.
What’s unique about Chapeau…why should I choose you?
Our events are tailored to you…our team have physically driven and assessed every mile of the route to ensure the safest and best possible route for your challenge, so rest assured you are in the safest hands. All our routes are specifically tailored with you in mind.
How fit do I need to be?
Chapeau events attract people of all levels of experience and fitness, all ages and backgrounds. We expect all participants to train hard in advance to achieve this challenge, but we respect everyone’s limits. You will be in the saddle for upward of 60/70 miles a day for 3 consecutive days, so you should ensure, as a minimum that you are comfortable riding upwards of 50 miles in a day and have achieved this regularly before you leave for the trip. The profile can be undulating, so you should include some hilly rides in your training to make the most enjoyment. We design our challenges so that everyone can go at their own pace; this is not a race. For further information regarding how we rate our challenges click here
Who will be there to support me during the event?
Your trip will be led by experienced Chapeau Events crew. Our crew are selected for their experience in cycling events around the world, their friendliness and approach-ability, sense of humour and ability to safely and effectively deal with any situation that arises. Our crew leaders are also trained in expedition first-aid. You are in very safe hands with the Chapeau Events crew.
The number of crew and support vehicles looking after you will depend on the final size of your group, but the team will be looking after every aspect of your trip whether that’s transporting your luggage, ensuring your route is well-marked, sorting out any mechanical problems or giving you a lift in our back vehicle – our “Love bus”. At Chapeau Events we pride ourselves on our high crew: cyclist ratio and believe it leads to greater trip enjoyment as well as excellent trip safety.
Will I be safe?
Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with emergency mobile phones, first-aid kits and other safety apparatus where necessary. They always have access to our 24-hour emergency back-up in the UK. Our leaders are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration – such as compulsory medical questionnaires and travel insurance – is all done with your safety in mind.
What happens to my luggage each day?
Our support vehicles are with the group all of the time. All luggage and spares will be carried in them as we travel to each destination. On reaching our hotels, at the end of each day, you will hand over your bike for safe overnight keeping and collect your luggage. Each morning, you will hand over your luggage and collect your bike. Obviously space is limited so it is essential that your kit is packed in a soft sailing bag, cabin case, rucksack or expedition kit-bag.
What insurance will I require?
It is a requirement of entry that you have adequate insurance to cover your participation on the event. We will require a copy of valid insurance before travel.
Will I receive further information?
Yes…a full detailed information pack will be issued following signed registration.