northumberland pennines scottish border Motorbike Holiday

Northumberland Pennines Scottish border

Northumberland, England
4 star country house hotel

This Northumberland based tour explores the coast and castles of Northumberland and rides through the Pennines and Border areas. It is in the process of being modified for 2021 so please return soon to see the updated tour offering.

On this guided motorcycle tour you will ride some of the best motorcycle routes in Northumberland

Carberry Tower Hotel Thirlestane Castle Front elevation of Cragside Beamish Hall Hotel Bamburgh Castle NorthumberlandEngland Ford and Etal Vilage Northumberland England

Available tour dates:

Tour 73/176 begins Saturday 17 July 2021 and ends Sunday 25 July 2021

Additional dates and tour variations available for groups of 3 or more riders

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Look at this itinerary and discover some of the most interesting motorcycle routes in england

Carberry to Beamish (135 miles) 3.5 hours riding

Prudhoe Castle NorthumberlandDeparting our hotel at Carberry Tower we head south joining the A68 crossing the Lammermuir Hills towards Lauder where we take a break at Thirlestane Castle parts of which date to the 12th century though most of what you see today was created between 1590 and the 1840’s. You will be given a guided tour the castle followed by a light refreshment in the tea shop.

The route continues south to the Scottish/English border where we stop briefly for pictures before turning back slightly and making our way into the Northumberland National Park and the Kielder Reservoir where we shall stop for lunch.

We follow the River North Tyne as it flows south and as it nears the River Tyne we deviate east to Prudhoe Castle. Although now viewed as a medieval ruin it was occupied continuously for 900 years. We take a break here before continuing to our hotel at Beamish.

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Northumberland to Lake District (190 miles) 6 hours riding

Lake Windermere looking south from AmblesideDeparting Beamish we head west into the North Pennines Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and continue to the Lake District before heading back again.

This circuit visits the Derwent Reservoir and continues to the Weardale Railway an 18 mile stretch of heritage railway where some might wish to see the vintage trains. Our route continues to Allenheads where the North Pennines Observatory is located. Interest permitting, we could deviate course slightly to visit the Killhope Lead Mining Museum. We plan to take a morning refreshment break at Alston where there is yet another heritage railway. This one is the South Tynedale Railway a narrow gauge track.

We pass through Penrith on our way to Ullswater where some might want to climb up to see the Aira Force Waterfall though note it is steep and can be challenging in riding boots! We break for lunch at Bowness-on-Windermere where Beatrix Potter fans may like to visit The World Of Beatrix Potter Attraction though its really intended for children.

Leaving Lake Windermere we begin our return journey heading East past Kendaland Sedbergh passing through parts of the Yorkshire Dales before reaching Kirkby Stephen. We then re-enter the North Pennines making our way to Eggleston where we take another refreshment break at Eggleston Hall’s Coach House Café.

The route continues along the quiet back lanes of the Pennines as we make our way back to Beamish to end the day at Beamish Hall Hotel.

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Beamish Durham Circuit

Durham Cathedral from River WearRelatively little riding today and a lot of sightseeing. We begin by spending the morning at the open-air museum of Beamish that portrays life in the area through a range of dates. There is an 1820’s area with farm, cottage, church and coal mining waggons. A 1900’s town and pit village, a 1940’s farm and a 1950’s town together with lots of old trains and vehicles including vintage motorcycles. The location is within walking distance of the hotel for those who prefer not to ride there.

We return to the hotel for lunch and then take about an hour to ride to Durham by heading east to Chester-le-Street then continue towards Sunderland passing Lambton Castle turning south to Houghton-le-Spring, time permitting we may extend the route to Seaham and part of the coast before turning west to Durham where we visit the Cathedral and other city sights.

Depending on how long the group have spent in Durham we shall either take the back roads to Beamish or head west to the North Pennines and take a more circuitous route back to the hotel.

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Northumbrian Coast, Northumberland National Park, Hadrians Wall (195 miles) about 6 hours riding

The Village of FordThis route begins by heading north from Beamish to join the Northumbrian Coast at Lynemouth. It continues along the coastal route to Warkworth where the ruined castle and medieval bridge crossing the river Coquet make good photo opportunities. After a short break we continue north along the Northumberland Coast AONB passing Dunstanburgh Castle to reach Bamburgh Castle, the former home of industrialist William Armstrong who restored and remodelled the castle to house his art collection in the late 1890’s. Some may wish to visit the castle whilst others (tide permitting) may prefer to visit The Holy Island.

From here a short ride inland brings us to the villages of Ford and Etal where Etal castle is another interesting historic monument and Ford Caste offers adventure activities within the mediaeval castle grounds. Ford and Etal villages are well preserved models of past architecture.

From Etal we turn south heading to Cragside, another former home of William Armstrong. In the 1860’s Armstrong acquired the land at Cragside and instructed Richard Norman Shaw as architect to the house with many notable innovations of the time including a Hydro Electric Power plant. The grounds have the largest collection of trees with something around 7 million of them within its grounds.

Leaving Rothbury we had west into the Northumberland National Park. At Alwinton we check whether further progress is possible because part of the wilderness ahead is an army training facility where occasionally live rounds are fired. All going well we progress largely following the course of the River Coquet towards its source near the Scottish Border. We join the A68 just south of the border between Scotland and England.

Continuing along the A68 we reach Corbridge where we stop to see part of the remnants of Hadrian's Wall, once the northern outpost of the Roman Empire.

The final leg of this route continues south to return to Beamish hall Hotel.

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Route Variation

Please note that maps are indicative because it is not always possible to enter all the waypoints and on the day of departure as we need to review our routes based upon the latest traffic and weather information available making changes as and when necessary.

Currency Pound £

The default currency for this tour is Pound £. Any price given in another currency is indicative and will be checked against exchange rate when paying. Once your tour package has been paid in full the price is locked and will not adjust regardless of what happens to exchange rates.

Northumberland Pennines Scottish border from 17/07/21 until 25/07/21

Location: Northumberland
Accommodation: 4 star country house hotel
Tour begins Saturday 17 July 2021 and ends Sunday 25 July 2021
Additional dates and tour variations available for groups of 3 or more riders
Motorcycle Hire Available: Yes (Riders can bring their own bike or hire one from the list of available bikes below.)
Typical Motorcycle Hire (all options below): Pound £950
Rider in private room (with en-suite): Pound £3,490
Rider and Pillion/Guest (sharing double or twin room): Pound £4,285
Two Riders sharing twin or double room: Pound £6,100 (Pound £3,050 each)
Rent a motorcycle from our range or bikes listed below.

Due to popular demand this tour is now fully booked; however, we can offer a similar experience on request. Use the contact button below to get in touch and discuss your bespoke tour

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Motorcycles For Rent in North, England, Available on this Tour

Most motorcycles available for hire are obtained directly from local mainstream dealers. We do not have exclusive access to these rental motorbikes and so availability must be confirmed. Prices and terms are set by the dealers who supply the machines.

  • BMW F750GS Rent BMW F750GS

    • The F 750 GS gives you more power, more comfort, more spirit of GS. N.B. There is a £40 insurance surcharge for non UK license holders. We will arrange to take riders to the dealers premises to collect. Those who want delivery and uplift at the hotel will be charged an additional fee typically £100 each way.
    • Restrictions: Minimum age 25, minimum experience 1 year, Excess £1500
    • Daily Hire: Pound £145
  • BMW R1200RS Rent BMW R1200RS

    • When fitted with panniers this makes a great touring bike and is a classic 'roadster' version of the iconic BMW boxer engine. There is a £40 insurance surcharge for not UK license holders. We will arrange to take riders to the dealers premises to collect. Those who want delivery and uplift at the hotel will be charged an additional fee typically £50 each way
    • Restrictions: Minimum age 25, minimum experience 1 year, Excess £1800
    • Daily Hire: Pound £229
  • BMW R1250RT Rent BMW R1250RT

    • The new R 1250 RT gives you more freedom than ever before. The high torque curve, the elasticity and the irresistible power with fewer gear changes quickly become indispensable companions. N.B. There is a £40 insurance surcharge for non UK license holders. We will arrange to take riders to the dealers premises to collect. Those who want delivery and uplift at the hotel will be charged an additional fee typically £100 each way
    • Restrictions: Minimum age 25, minimum experience 1 year, Excess £2000
    • Daily Hire: Pound £247

Further details

Parties interested in this tour should get in touch now to intimate interest via our Enquiries Form or email @ or phone +44(0)141 416 0230

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