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Brampton and Haltwhistle Tour

This cycle tour heads north from Alston exploiting the breach in the Pennines cut by the South River Tyne to explore the stretch Alston Market Cross photo by John Burrows Photographyof Hadrians Wall between Brampton and Haltwhistle. It is a full-on cycle tour that covers some busy sections of road as well as quiet fell lanes. The height gain and distance covered are fairly substantial, so to enjoy it you need to be an experienced cyclist. The rewards for tackling this challenging route are plentiful, and range from outstanding views of classic Pennine landscapes, through to fascinating Roman remains.

The ride heads out along quiet lanes on the east side of the South River Tyne and then braves busier fell roads to head west to Brampton. From here it turns east and shadows the impressive remains of Hadrians Wall as far as Greenhead. It then wanders off to Haltwhistle and regains the South River Tyne by quiet back lanes.

The last leg back to Alston takes the climb back up head on, along the 'roller coaster' length of the A689.

CAUTION: this route features a steep descent going into a tight bend, just past Barhaugh Hall. 

  • Start and Finish: Alston, GR NY 718 465
  • Distance: 47 miles (75km)
  • Grade: Long - Challenge
  • Refreshments: Cafés: Alston, Brampton, Lanercost, Birdoswald, Haltwhistle
  • Pubs: Alston, Hallbankgate, Brampton, Haltwhistle, Rowfoot

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Further information

Alston Tourist Information Centre (Local Links), Town Hall, Alston
Telephone: 01434 382244
Penrith Tourist Information Centre, Middlegate, Penrith
Telephone: 01768 867466