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View of the Cycle Route 72 road sign near to the Northumberland accommodation The Reading Rooms

Cycle Route 72 Accommodation

Route C72 of the National Cycle Network also known as Harian's Cycleway passes within three miles of the Reading Rooms.

Hadrian's Cycleway is 174 miles long, opened in July 2006, and runs between Ravenglass (Ravenglass Roman Bath House) and South Shields (Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum) or alternatively Tynemouth. C72 roughly follows the path, mostly within a few miles, of Hadrian's Wall and includes many notable Roman remains which are worth stopping at and investigating.

There is something for everyone on route. From breathtaking countryside and inspiring coastline to small villages with tea shops and pubs with locally brewed real ales. See our facilities and local amenities page for places to eat during your stay with us.

C72 can be cycled in either direction, however most travel west to east - it helps to have the prevailing Atlantic wind with you. Nearly all of C72 follows quiet minor roads, tarmac cycle paths or well surfaced gravel cycle paths. There are no difficult off road paths. The central part of the route includes some steep but short hills, up to 150m climb. It is recommended to allow four to six days for C72 allowing time to enjoy some of the heritage and history along the route.

We are cycle friendly and have secure bicycle storage. Gill has a small supply of puncture repair kits. We are able to arrange luggage transfers.

The Reading Rooms are 200m from Haydon Bridge railway station which has a facility to take bicycles for those finishing their journey in Haydon Bridge. It is best to check in advance with Northern Rail that this facility is available on the train you are planning to join.