Leg 4: Haltwhistle to Bellingham on the National Cycle Network
On the fourth leg of your holiday, you will travel north from Haltwhistle to Bellingham. This leg of the tour is 27 miles and will take around three hours and 15 minutes to complete; taking you through beautiful countryside and up onto the dramatic moorland of the Northumberland National Park.
Well worth a visit along the way are the ruins of Vindolanda; a major Roman fort and settlement occupied for just over 300 years. Take time to explore the extensive ruins, plus the Vindolanda Museum with its famous writing tablets. Voted ‘Britain’s Top Treasure’, these tablets are the oldest surviving handwritten documents ever to be discovered on British soil.
Next take a steep climb towards Steel Rigg, a fantastic vantage point to see the impressive Hadrian’s Wall, and upwards further to the stunning and remote moorland of the Northumberland National Park.
This is a beautiful stretch of the tour, taking in exquisite scenery. There are a number of pubs and cafes that you could stop at along the route to refuel, some of which are mentioned in the instructions. Please do ensure that you refuel fully before reaching the Northumberland National Park as there are no refreshment stops for 12 miles, until you come down from the moors and into Bellingham; your destination for this leg of the tour and the place for a well-deserved rest!
Full step-by-step instructions of the route can be downloaded below, and the map below illustrates the route you will be taking on the fourth day of your holiday.
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