Coast & Castles (USA)

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Updated 11 August…

Day 3, Berwick on Tweed to Warkworth (53 miles)

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Day4, Warkworth to Newcastle (45 miles)

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Artworks in and around Blyth Beach (Lunch Day 4).

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Statistics for the route…

Coast and Castles – E to C

Updated 7 August…

Day1, Edinburgh to Clovenfords (47 miles)

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Day2, Clovenfords to Berwick-upon-Tweed (53 miles)

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Updated 18 July…

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I’ve added the menu for our final night meal, we’ll be eating at The Hermitage Inn in Warkworth (just a short walk from our hotel). With us being such a large group, and the pub being a small concern, The Hermitage have requested our meal choices in advance of our arrival. Anne will take a note of your choices on the Tuesday morning over breakfast and phone them through.

Click here to take a look at the menu in advance… The Hermitage Menu

Dates…
Part 1 (Edinburgh to Berwick) – Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 August
Part 2 (Berwick to Newcastle Quayside) – Monday 7 to Wednesday 9 August

Note, This Tour is NOW FULL

Participants, 
Mike, Joan, Alex, Sandy, Katherine, Jordan, Andrew, Courtney, Phil, June, Kate, Henry, Tony and Doc.
Weekend recce of the route ( Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 May)

We (me and Anne) headed up to the start point for the Coast and Castles (C&C) at Edinburgh this weekend. Following the C&C signage we headed south to first check the current route through Dalkeith and then on to confirm the lunch point for day 1, a classic remote location at the top of the Pentland Hills (but with terrific views north to Edinburgh, on a clear day). We continued south through sparsely populated country to the river Tweed, the village of Innerleithen and then headed east along the banks of the Tweed to stop at the village of Clovenfords and the Clovenfords Hotel for the night. The food at the Clovenfords is plentiful basic Scottish pub fair, as is their hearty full Scottish breakfast (in which black pudding is replaced by a portion of haggis).

Leaving Clovenfords the next morning we headed to Galashiels to check the latest variant of the route, impacted by the re-instation of the Edinburgh to Melrose light railway system (possibly the most scenic route in the Scottish Borders). Having clarified the route through Galashiels we continued on to Kelso, lunch on the outskirts of their race course, and then continuing to Norham (probable ice cream break, certain ice cream break) and finally into Berwick for the second/ third  night, stopping at the YHA Granaries on the banks of the river. Dinner is at the Cobbled Yard Pub on Sunday, after which we retire to the Barrels for a drink (it’s a C&C tradition). Monday we welcome the rest of our cyclist and have a group dinner at YHA Granaries before heading back to the Barrels for a drink (it’s a C&C tradition). Some interesting facts concerning the YHA Granary site, Dewars Lane Granary was immortalised by the artist LS Lowry (information board on street), alsonit has more ‘lean’ than the leaning tower of Pisa and finally, it was refurbished in 2010 to house a 5 star youth hostel, boutique style.

We then headed south to check out Tuesday morning elevenses’  at Beal, with its fabulous views of Lindisfarne  (Holy Island), fabulous coffee and fabulous fancies too, before continuing south to Bamburgh and its most stunning castle for our lunch stop (in the sand dunes). After which we continued on to Warkworth, the Sun Hotel with another truly picturesque castle and our evening meal at The Hermitage. After Warkworth we continued south to recce the final lunch stop, Blyth Beach and the route south to Whitley Bay, Cullercoats, Tynemouth and the end point at the Cycle Hub (Ouseburn) offering the possibility of a beer at The Free Trade Inn (another C&C tradition).

Here are a selection of photographs taken over this weekend recce….

Robert Burns Memorial, Edinburgh (full tour start point).

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Lunch, Day 1 (Pentland Hills)

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Heading down to the Tweed

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Thompson Turn, loaded with Cycle-Treks infamy

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Sunday, day 2 (full tour) heading east from Clovenfords, along the Tweed valley.

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Sunday, day 2 (full tour). Kelso racecourse and Norham castle.

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Berwick-upon-Tweed (unique roof detail)

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Tuesday, day 4 (both groups). Heading south via Beale (views to Lindisfarne Island) and Bamburgh.

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Wednesday, day 5 (both groups). View of Warkworthon route south to Amble.

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Archive

Scroll down to find a few images of the various sites that will be seen during the ride from Berwick on Tweed to Newcastle Quayside.

Berwick on Tweed

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Preston Tower

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Lindesfarne Castle

Lindesfarne Castle

Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Town

Seahouses & Farne Islands

Seahouses Inner Farne

Dunstanburgh Castle

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Craster Harbour

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Alnmouth

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Warkworth Castle

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Coquet Island

Coquet Island

Blyth High Light

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Saint Marys Island

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Tynemouth Priory

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Newcastle Quayside, Castle Keep and Black Gate

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