Cycling in Northumberland – July 2017 – Helena & David’s e-bike ride from Seahouses to Holy Island of Lindisfarne & Bamburgh
This was our first trip taking our e-bikes on holiday & we were very excited about the prospect. We had just had a towbar fitted & recently purchased a Thule bike rack to carry our 2 e-bikes safely & securely.
The bike I ride is a Corratec powered by a Shimano motor system. It’s perfect for my height and has a comfortable, Dutch style frame. It’s strong build and hybrid tyres are suitable for road & not too bumpy paths. David’s is a Haibike Hardseven – a hardtail electric mountain bike with a very responsive Yamaha motor – which is fine for all terrains.
Our drive from Surrey to Seahouses in Northumberland took just over 6 hours. We stayed in a delightful & friendly B&B (The Olde School House). The next day we set off on our bikes joining The Coast & Castles Cycle Route (NCN Route 1) to take us from Seahouses to Holy Island of Lindisfarne. The route is well signposted &, for the most part, stays on small lanes with very little traffic. It is a very pretty ride, undulating through the countryside with outstanding views to the sea & The Farne Islands which are home to seals & an abundance of birdlife.
It was the breeding season for puffins so most definitely worth a boat trip or a sunset cruise. Another main attraction is the majestic Bamburgh Castle which can be seen from afar. It was lovely cycling the causeway to Holy Island & all the way round Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve to Lindisfarne Priory & Castle. Beware of the tides as you need to check before setting off for the times of the day when it is safe to cross & of course, the return journey needs planning too so you do not get stranded or worse.
We spent a couple of hours on Holy Island, having a coffee & sandwich & wandering around the grounds of the castle & harbour, and there is a viewing tower on the island worth a visit.
On our way back, we took the cycle route via Bamburgh , rode up to the Golf Course which is a lovely links course with amazing views of the Castle & wide sandy beach.
We visited the Castle the following day as it requires a good two to three hours to wander around.
We cycled along the coast back to Seahouses & stopped off at Seahouses Golf Course for our evening aperitif before returning to our B&B to shower & change for dinner. After a delicious meal, we watched the sunset over Bamburgh Castle.
The cycle ride was a total of 47 miles & most enjoyable, particularly made easier on electric bikes. We would like to cycle more of Route 1 another time as it extends all the way from Edinburgh to Newcastle & there are many castles to see en route. Click on the map for the definitive guide to the Coast and Castles Cycle Route.