2-3 day tour from Carlisle

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2-3 day tour from Carlisle

Postby tinribs » 3 May 2018, 9:10pm

Got about 2.5 days to do a tour starting and finishing in Carlisle. Considering th following:

Option A:
day 1: head east along Hadrien's wall cycleway
day 2: head south then west towards Alston.

Option B:
day 1: head north east through/round kielder forest park.
day 2: continue north east to coast (Bamburgh/Lindisfarne) then train back to carlisle next day.

I'll be using a touring bike 32mm tyres, planning on camping as weather looking good.


Any thoughts or advice? Looks like the route back west across Pennines is particularly hilly.

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Re: 2-3 day tour from Carlisle

Postby Paulatic » 3 May 2018, 9:31pm

Crossing the Pennines is always hilly.
You don’t tell us what your preferred daily/total mileage is. Are you determined to head East? You’ve also SW Scotland accessible from Carlilse.
A route I’ve done may times from Carlisle is along the Solway Coast, head into Cockermouth then Keswick, Penrith, and Eden valley back up to Brampton.
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Re: 2-3 day tour from Carlisle

Postby amaferanga » 3 May 2018, 9:35pm

Have you considered heading straight up past Kielder on day 1 and then heading towards Hawick - Roberton - Ettrick Valley - Eskdalemuir - Langholm - Newcastleton - Carlisle. Some great scenery a very little traffic.

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Re: 2-3 day tour from Carlisle

Postby Vorpal » 3 May 2018, 10:49pm

I think either of your routes looks nice. Are you planning to do any sightseeing? There are some brilliant views from atop Whin Sill. I also liked some of the museums, and walking on the wall at Housesteads.

If you aren't interested in that stuff, how about south along the coast, Mawbray, Maryport, etc, and back through the Lake District?
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Re: 2-3 day tour from Carlisle

Postby Norman H » 4 May 2018, 5:54am

Another vote for Dumfries and Galloway. I'll be up that way myself next week, based near Kirkcudbright.

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Re: 2-3 day tour from Carlisle

Postby amaferanga » 4 May 2018, 7:00am

If this is for the bank holiday weekend I'd definitely recommend avoiding the Lake District if you want a bit of peace and quiet.

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Re: 2-3 day tour from Carlisle

Postby Paulatic » 4 May 2018, 12:39pm

As if on cue...my Twitter feed today
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Re: 2-3 day tour from Carlisle

Postby tinribs » 5 May 2018, 9:33am

Thanks so much for all your suggestions and advice, it's looking dry so might even dust the bivvy bag off. Staying just west of Carlisle tonight so still to decide for definite. I'll post an update!

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Re: 2-3 day tour from Carlisle

Postby Sweep » 6 May 2018, 4:14pm

Please report back, particularly if any bivi ventures.
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