Britannia Breeze

  • Destination:
  • Duration: 11 days
  • Arrives: 06/12/2017
  • Departs: 06/23/2017
  • Price: $1,950

The “debatable lands” between England and Scotland were for centuries plagued by battles and cross-border skirmishes. Fortified farmhouses, sturdy towers and ruined abbeys are reminders of the region’s turbulent history, but for the past century or so this has been a peaceful patch of a united kingdom, and the only evidence you’re crossing a border are the “Welcome” signs.

Day 1
Depart Toronto Monday June 12th 2017 to Edinburgh start hotel. Set up bikes and ready for the start, after breakfast the next day
Day 2
Tuesday  June 13th 2017  – Falkirk –  53 klm – The Kelpies – Falkirk Wheel
Day 3
Wednesday June 14th 2017 –  Biggar –  64 klm – Lots of stunning countryside
Day 4
Thursday June 15th. 2017 – Moffat – 67 klm – St.Mary’s Loch – Gray Mare’s Tail waterfall
Day 5
Friday June 16th. 2017 –  Brampton – 90 klm – Eskdalemuir Monastry
Day 6
Saturday June 17th. 2017 – Corbridge – 50 klm – Lanercost Hall – Birdoswald – Vindolanda
Day 7
Sunday June 18th. 2017 – Alnwick – 70 klm – Wallington Hall – Cragside Country House
Day 8
Monday June 19th. 2017 – Alnwick – Day off the bikes – Alnwick Castle – Alnwick Gardens – Barter Books
Day 9
Tuesday June 20th. 2017 – Berwick-upon -Tweed  – 65klm  – Craster – Holy Island – Bamburgh Castle – Berwick Ramparts
Day 10
Wednesday June 21st. 2017 – Melrose – 60 klm – Floors Castle – Dryburgh Abbey – Melrose Abbey
Day 11
Thursday June 22nd 2017. – Edinburgh – 77klm – Stunning views all day long
Day 12
Friday June 23rd. 2017 – Depart to Edinburgh Airport

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The places we are visiting are small and the available accommodating needs to be booked as soon as possible.

The Ride

Starting out from Edinburgh, this 10 day, 600 km circular route takes you through the picturesque and historical lands of the Scottish Borders before entering the county of Northumberland in Northern England with its many castles and stunning coastlines.
For the past 2000 years this beautiful and picturesque area between England and Scotland has been savagely fought over, with many fortifications still standing today including castles, abbeys and sections of the Roman Wall (Hadrian’s Wall) build by the Emperor Hadrian in the 3rd century as a defence against the invading Scots.  You will have a rest day in Alnwick home of Alnwick Castle, home of the Duke of Northumberland and whose hall was used as a setting for Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films.  You will also get a chance to ride on to the island of Lindisfarne (Holy Island) the birthplace of Christianity in England
This is a fully supported ride on a bed and breakfast basis, with a local guide, mechanic and support vehicle throughout your trip.
The route is predominantly on quiet roads and cycle tracks and although the distances are not too long to allow time for sightseeing, it does contains some challenging hills that will require a reasonable level of fitness.  You will be averaging 50-90 km/day

Included

B&B each day, full ride support vehicle with mechanic, route maps, accommodation location maps, back up rental bike in the support van tools, spare tires & tubes.

Rentals

If you require bike rental we do have a good selection of well maintained bicycles in Northumberland and these are offered at a discount to all our riders.

Cost

$1950Cad.
$50Cad. per night.  Should you register looking to share with a another and we are not able to find an acceptable companion, you will need to pay the Single Supplement charge.

* Deposit required:  25% transferable but not refundable

20 spaces available so please respond quickly