North of England Tour – Ravenglass to Bellingham on the National Cycle Network
Tour duration: 4 days, 5 nights
Total length of tour: 121 miles
Total cycling time: 15 hours
The North of England tour will take you through the beautiful areas of The Lake District and Northumberland. Your tour will take four days, but there is so much to see in the area that you may want to extend this to give yourself some exploring time!
The North Tour begins at our Ravenglass campsite, situated on the western edge of the Lake District National Park. The seafront is just yards from the campsite and there are plenty of opportunities for fishing in the local area. The mainline railway travels along the coastline, so you can explore the local area before heading off on your cycling tour.
The first leg of the tour will take you just over three hours and into the beautiful town of Keswick, on the shores of Derwentwater and the North Lakes. Keswick is a beautiful part of The Lake District offering lots of activities including the Go Ape! high-wire forest adventure, the home of William Wordsworth and Trotters World of Animals. You may also enjoy a production on the shores of the lake at The Theatre by The Lake.
There is only a small amount of cycling on day two of your tour; just one hour to cycle the nine miles over to Troutbeck. This gives you lots of time to explore the area and the spectacular coastal walks it provides. If you enjoy day trips then you will be spoilt for choice with Eden Ostrich World, Beckstone Art Gallery and Rookin House Farm Equestrian and Activity Centre all nearby.
On day 3 of your holiday you will enjoy a fairly long cycle up to Haltwhistle, deep in the Northumberland forests. Hadrian’s Wall is just four miles from this campsite, so you may want to book an extra day here to explore this during your tour.
You will end your tour of the North of England with a steady five hour cycle up to Bellingham, where you can enjoy a good night’s sleep in this peaceful and idyllic retreat. The nearby river is famed for its salmon fishing, while the Hareshaw Linn – a spectacular 30-foot waterfall – is also within walking distance of the site.
The map above shows the whole route of your holiday, while each of the links below will give a detailed map and step-by-step instructions for each leg of the tour.
The first day of your tour will see you travel from Ravenglass in the western tip of the Lakes, to Keswick in the north.
Leg 1: Ravenglass to Keswick
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