UK Hadrian's Wall route

Not to draw attention away from Matt’s charity ride, but here’s the opening event for the Hadrian’s Wall cycle route:

Coast to coast the Roman way

Friends, Romans, countrymen lend me your gears! Booking for the Hadrian’s Cycleway Celebration Ride is now open. Join sustainable transport charity, Sustrans between 19-22 July 2006 to mark the opening of the long-awaited 120-mile section of Hadrian’s Cycleway between Silloth on the Cumbrian Coast and Tynemouth on the North Sea coast.

Magnificent coastal views, breathtaking countryside, Roman forts and museums, inspiring modern attractions, quaint villages and attractive market towns all set within a World Heritage Site - the Hadrian’s Cycleway has it all. Signed as Route 72 of the National Cycle Network, it mainly uses country lanes and quiet roads, interspersed with sections of traffic- free path, promenade and riverside path.

The Hadrian’s Cycleway opening ride is set to be an amazing event taking you through some of England’s most wild and dramatic countryside with warm welcomes along the way.

Cyclists can join in for all or part of the celebration ride. Overnight camping, luggage transfers and breakfasts are included in the price - £20 per night, per person. For people who only want to take part in one of the day rides there is a charge of £7.00 per day, which includes a T-shirt and official map, but not luggage carriage. For detailed information on the celebration event and to book a place please visit or call 0117 9150125.

If you’d like to raise money for Sustrans, to help develop more cycle routes you could get your friends and family to sponsor you for taking part in the ride. A voucher worth £25 to spend in the Sustrans shop will be given to the person who raises the most money!

The Hadrian’s Cycleway has been developed by sustainable transport charity, Sustrans, in partnership with Northumberland and Cumbria County Councils, Hadrian’s Wall Tourism Partnership, Northumberland National Park Authority, and tourism organisations. The Hadrian’s Cycleway map will be available from Sustrans in July.

Further information about Sustrans, including other news releases and detailed online route mapping, is available through our website:

For more information on Hadrian’s Wall visit or telephone the Hadrian’s Wall information line on 01434 322002

Oooo sounds like fun! I may well do that if anyone else is interested… I have a free summer now! Also a house in Newcastle if people want a place to stay at the end.

hadrians wall ridable? or there a path along side? I would consider it :slight_smile:

Had another look at it with matt’s assistance and i’m up for it.

what sort of training you guyz rekon i’ll need to do, to meet the needs of around 30 miles a day.

That’s the average run a day over the 8 days.

Would it be stupid to do it on a 24"??

yes and if i don’t get a coker in time I’d still do it :smiley:

But looks like I’m in Croatia at the time, but me and Matt planned to do it anyhow b4 this came up, so looks like end of july for us.

Prob have a coker by then.

gotta also note that this planned route with sustrans is alot longer than the hadrians wall section.

A 29" is quite comparable to a coker, would be a cheap option if ya wanted a larger wheel.

not in the slightest. you may just need to plan for an extra overnight stop or so, and do more training. You could do it on a 12" if you really wanted.

Is it (whatever the opposite of stupid is) to do anything on a unicycle? :smiley:


would be silly to do it on a 24" but i was gonna, if i don’t get a coker :wink:

This organised ride is only 30 miles a day, which would be easily doable on a 24 with a big fat slick tyre and short cranks, and includes luggage transfer, which saves carrying gear. It’d be well possible, but boring and slow.

Having said that, if you mean the ride which Zippy and Matt are planning, there’s no way you’d be able to keep up with even an inexperienced coker rider on a 24. Assuming they ride at sensible pace, if you figure in the cost of spending twice as many days doing it, the coker might not seem quite such a bad idea from a money point of view. Also, having a coker means you can do the ride with other people which is nice, whereas if you’re riding with other people on cokers, they’ll easily be able to go twice as fast as you.

By the way, Zippy, my rule of thumb for training for long rides like this is that if you want to be able to ride 30 miles in a day, you should start off by riding 30 miles every week, over 4, 5 or 6 days (always have a rest day), try and do short rides on most weekdays, and one bigger one at the weekend. Then just work it up until the weekend ride is 30 miles. To be honest, riding 30 miles in a day on a coker is much more about riding technique, so you’re comfortable riding and mounting the coker than fitness. I think fitness is only a real factor when you’re doing long rides or going fast. The best way to develop the skills and technique is to ride everywhere you go (within reason), rather than lazing out and taking the car. Just make a resolution not to make any car journeys less than 5 miles and coker instead. Once you get okay at cokering, you can up that to 10 miles.


what the technique for mounting a coker is it’s a forward mount with enough momentum to get up?

Did we say end of July, canne remember :thinking:
Sometime soon anyways, gotta do it since it goes past my house. Depends on what job I get this summer. Will post nearer the time if it’s to be done.

i was thinking about end of july.