Last week saw the official opening of a 3.7-mile stretch of cycleway between Maryport and Allonby. The section is classed as the “missing link” within the 174 mile route that starts in Ravenglass, West Cumbria and runs through to Tynemouth in the North East.
Despite only having been given its official route status in July 2006, it is quickly becoming a popular route to cycle as an alternative to the Coast to Coast or as a new challenge for those who have already done the C2C. As the with Coast to Coast, it can be cycled in either direction but the most popular is West to East.
Ravenglass is such a fantastic place to start the ride, yes call me biased because it is just down the road from me but should you be visiting from away to do this route, it is well worth including a couple of extras days before you start to enjoy the area where you can visit Muncaster Castle and take the La’al Ratty to Eskdale. There are 3 excellent places to eat, drink and stay in Ravenglass to so it’s really worth taking advantage of a bit of R&R before embarking on the 174 mile route.
I also happen to have a real soft spot for Tynemouth too so this cycleway is really quite attractive is my eyes. The architecture is stunning and close your eyes and you are transported back to it’s Victorian hey day. It is now a very popular place to live with the stunning scenery, great independent shops and restaurants.
Back onto the main reason of this post and the opening of the opening of the new part of cycleway. Previously cyclists had to B5300 on this section. As with all official cycle routes, use of roads is kept to a minimum both for enjoyment of the rider and for safety. This new route is said to offer cyclists even better scenery on this already super cycling route and even links to the C2C national cycle route
Mickledore Travel (http://www.mickledore.co.uk/cycling-holidays/hadrians_cycleway) are providers of cycling holidays and based in Keswick know the Hadrian’s Wall Cycleway extremely well. Their organised yet self guided cycling holidays are well worth checking out and this route can be done in 3, 4 and 5 day durations depending on ability or timescale.