The Getaway crew explored Hadrian's Wall. Their journey began in the small village of Bowness-on-Solway, less than 100 houses on the firth separating England and Scotland, part of the Solway Coast area of outstanding natural beauty.
The western end of Hadrian's Wall is a major tourist attraction with beautiful beaches and wading birds. The wall is a stone and turf fortification built by the Roman Empire across the width of Great Britain. Along with Gask Ridge and the Antonine Wall, it was built to prevent military raids by the Pictish tribes, ancient inhabitants of Scotland. Hadrian's Wall is the best known of the three walls as it remains the most physically preserved. It is also the most popular tourist attraction in Northern England and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
For over 250 years Hadrian's Wall stood tall, until the Roman empire declined in 400AD and Britain was abandoned.
A significant portion of the wall still exists, particularly the mid-section, and for much of its length, the wall can be followed on foot or by the new 280km cycle route through beautiful Northumbrian countryside from Wallsend near Newcastle to Bowness.
With Saddle Skedaddle, you travel comfortably along the boundary of the Roman Empire, starting and finishing at either end of Hadrian's Wall. During the ride you follow the footsteps of Roman soldiers while experiencing Cumbria and Northumberland's rich heritage.
The coast-to-coast holiday boasts craggy highlands, beautiful countryside and peaceful river valleys. Along the route are ruins of forts where archaeologists are still digging up pieces of the past.
Accommodation is in well-appointed bed and breakfasts, inns or small family-run hotels. Breakfasts are provided and evening meals can be taken in restaurants or nearby pubs.
They book all accommodation, take you to the start point from the nearest train station, transfer your luggage and provide you with routes and itinerary for you to do the trails unguided.
Saddle Skedaddle Cycling Holidays Hadrian's Wall adventure costs $645 per person twin-share. It includes three nights' accommodation, transfers, routes and itinerary. Prices quoted correct at July 26, 2007.
Along the Scottish/English border.
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