Project: HADRIAN’S
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Project:
HADRIAN’S
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PROJECT: HADRIAN’S END TO END


Our adventure sets out to journey the entire length of Hadrian’s Wall, using foot, bike and our sturdy double sea kayaks – ideal for the tidal and non-tidal conditions we will encounter on this challenge.

We will set out from the westernmost point of the wall at Bowness-on-Solway in our kayaks, before transitioning to bikes for the ride out of Carlisle into ‘Wall country’ and then transitioning to foot at Greenhead for the final stage of day 1. We’ll travel as a small group but there will be opportunities to ‘stretch the legs’ on bike and foot sections if you wish to forge ahead (or take your time), with little navigation required as you take to the Hadrian’s Wall National Trail, which follows this incredible landmark over the crags, uplands and moors of Northumberland National Park. You will pass mile-castles and ruined forts on foot in this truly evocative landscape; and you may just get a sense of the vast frontier that the Legions must have felt standing guard here, staring out into the untamed wilderness north of the wall. We accommodate beneath the shadow of the wall ridge (Whin Sill) at Winshields, with the friendly Twice Brewed pub nearby.

Day 2 sees an equally adventurous Multi-Sport day. You will lace those trainers again for more of the classic National Trail, then switching south to pick up the smooth surface of Stanegate Roman Road for the long descent to the Tyne, at Hexham or Corbridge for the waiting kayaks. We will shoot down a fun section of the Tyne and come ashore in Wylam, to meet the bikes again. The excellent cycleway then takes you into Newcastle under the many iconic bridges, to reach the stunning Millennium Bridge and Baltic Wharf area, where you put trainers on for one last run to the finish and eastern–most end point of the Hadrian’s Wall at Wallsend.

If you can’t make our scheduled departure, we can run this adventure on a bespoke basis for you and your mates. A minimum of 6 people is required to run the trip. Email us to find out more.

Trip Highlights:

– Brand new route to achieve a complete multi-discipline traverse of the full length of ‘the Wall’
– Unique canoe legs on the tidal Solway and the famous Tyne
– Run (or trek) on the most famous and picturesque sections of Hadrian’s Wall, including Sycamore Gap, the crag edges, ruined forts and milecastles.
– Stunning overnight location in the middle of ‘Wall country’
-Start and finish at the true ‘ends’ of the Wall at Bowness-on-Solway and Wallsend.

 

 

Friday 24th May
Recommended (not essential) to stay in or near Carlisle as it’s an early start on the Saturday.

Saturday 25th May
Meet at Carlisle at 0600. We will transfer in our vehicle to the western end of Hadrian’s Wall at Bowness-on-Solway and then proceed with the canoes back to Carlisle, before switching to bikes and then to foot. The overnight will be spent camping in the shadow of the Wall itself, with a good pub located nearby for food and beers.

Sunday 26th May
Our second day gets underway with a hearty breakfast and then you will again bike, kayak and run/ hike to the eastern-most end of the Wall at Wallsend. There is then the option to stay locally and enjoy a celebration pint and meal, depart from Newcastle on your way, or to connect back to Carlisle by train to be reunited with your car, if you left it there at the start of the journey.

Camping accommodation on Sat 26th May is included in the price of the trip. See Food/Stay/Trans tab for more details.

Rat Race will provide:

  • Vehicle support for the team, including pit stop food and beverage provision. See Food/ Accommodation/ transport for more details
  • Satellite tracking and GPS routing device: Rat Race will provide satellite tracking units which allow us to see where you are at all times for your safety. It also allows your loved ones and supporters to keep track of your Pilgrim’s progress, should you wish to share. We will also provide a downloadable track of the route, for you to follow on your phone or other device. This is a ‘self-navigated’ route but the route is extremely easy to follow in this way. You should not worry about getting lost. We might use one or two strategically placed arrows, although this is not a fully way-marked route. At all times our support team will not be far away and our team driver will always available by phone also.
  • Stable double sit-on-top kayaks.

The participant will provide:
Their own footwear, running and biking gear, bike (road bike or mountain bike will work), waterproofs (recommended with taped seams), day pack and personal overnight kit, such as washing gear and casual clothes. A towel and a change of clothes for the activity is also recommended in case of wet weather.  Given the team could be travelling together in a vehicle for short periods, we would advise the use of a soft bag (like a holdall or rucksack) instead of a suitcase, for comfort and for the safety of the team in transit. We will also insist on a head-torch and a high-visibility top/ vest/ tabard in case you find yourself travelling on the route in the dark. It is unlikely, but just in case!

A full kit list will be circulated upon booking of the trip. We are able to hire bikes to those who wish.

We have rated this challenge as Technical rating 7/10 and Endurance rating 8/10. What does this mean?

Technical rating 7/10
This is a multi-sport challenge and some experience of each discipline is recommended. The kayak stages will take place with guide support, however you must be confident paddling an enclosed-cockpit kayak with another team member. These boats are stable and solid. You will be using spraydecks and you should be familiar with the drills required if the kayak does capsize. You are not required to know how to eskimo roll but you should be confident in righting your kayak with the assistance of other paddlers. Some confidence/ refresher training will be given on the morning of departure. But you must come prepared for a solid few hours in a kayak paddling as a team of 2 per boat.

The bike is all on tarmac; it is ‘lumpy’ (!) in places but not what we would call mountainous. Nice, flowing riding in upland areas with beautiful scenery. A mountain bike, hybrid, cyclocross bike or road bike will all work well.

For foot sections can be run or walked and are predominantly off-road routings on the Hadrian’s Wall National Trail. It is rough underfoot but in general it is a good off-road path surface which follows some excellent sections of Wall. Those views are hard-earned however, as it is definitely what we would call ‘lumpy!’

Endurance rating 8/10
Participants should expect 2 long days travelling by foot, bike and boat. Whilst there will be an informal cut-off time in place for the group’s safety, we are intending to give everyone a decent crack at completing this journey so if you are a plodder, don’t worry. You’ll make it. But you should expect 2 long days at it, with significant distance covered. It is a solid weekend’s activity.

Food and Bev

Provided within the trip costs are:

  • A full cooked breakfast in camp at the start of day 2
  • Savoury and sweet snacks, sports drinks (isotonic and carb-based), water and hot drinks from flasks whilst on the route, provided from our mobile ‘pit stop’ vehicle*
  • Complimentary alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink for all group members in a pub in Newcastle to celebrate a job well done

Participants will cover costs for:

  • Breakfast on day 1 prior to departure
  • Dinner on night 1 (it is suggested that the team go for pub food, although you are welcome to bring your own stove and cook food at camp)
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at the overnight accommodation and in Newcastle, after the conclusion of the challenge (except 1 complimentary drink from ourselves)

*Some Gluten-free and Vegan provision will be made although if you have food intolerances please do ensure you check with us on our provision as you may need to augment with your own supplies. Please contact us with any specific dietary requirements. Please note that the provision whilst on the route does not consist of ‘full meals’ and will be more snack-based grab n’ go options, to reflect the journey being undertaken. There will be some places to stop for lunch, to buy supplies and you may of course bring your own foodstuffs too. We would also advise that if you have sports nutrition products that you know work for you, please bring them with you.

Accommodation

Provided within the trip costs are:

  • Camping after Day 1, near Once Brewed
  • All communal camping equipment – tents, basic camp beds and camp supplies
  • Participants will provide their own roll mat and sleeping bag, although these can be hired from us if required

Participants will cover costs for:

  • Any accommodation costs incurred in advance of the trip (i.e. the night before departure, in Carlisle) and after the trip in Newcastle

Transport

Provided within the trip costs are:

  • Full on-course support by our vehicle
  • Transfer to the start location at Bowness-on-Solway from Carlisle
  • Transfers from the Finish and Starts of each Day’s stages to local accommodation, if required
  • Transfers to train or bus stations in Newcastle after the Challenge has finished

Participants will cover costs for:

  • Travel to Carlisle
  • Onward travel from the Finish in Newcastle back to Carlisle or onwards

How far is the route? The route is approximately 80 miles over 2 days over kayak, bike and run disciplines; split approximately 50% per day. The exact final route distance is subject to change and might be a little above or below these figures. The route will be shared in full in advance of the Challenge commencing.

How hard is it and how fit do I need to be? Well, it’s 80 miles over 2 days. It’s a big weekend out.  You need to confident you can be on the go pretty much all day for 2 days. But if you keep the legs turning, you’ll make it and achieve something fanstastic – a true journey across the entire length of the ancient Roman frontier of Britannia.

Do I need to run on the foot stages? No, but you can if you wish. There will be some folk who wish to and that is fine. If you want to walk some or all of it, that is also fine. Our support will cater to both ends of the spectrum on this trip. The nature of the trip allows you to ‘go at your own pace.’

What type of terrain is it? A large part of the cycle is on tarmac and quiet country roads. There are some nice off-road trail sections for the foot stages which are really up-close-and-personal to the Wall itself. The kayak sections vary between tidal (on the Solway on day 1) and some light but exciting rapids on the Tyne on Day 2. All in all, there is a mix of terrain which is what makes this adventure so unique and multi-faceted.

How close to Hadrian’s Wall do we get? Right on it. In many places, the wall is not there anymore as it’s buried under the roads you are cycling or the city that has swallowed it (in Newcastle). But in the middle, large swathes of Roman brickwork is still on show and you will be hard-up against it on some of the foot stages and on some of the bike stages too. This really is the length of Hadrian’s Wall – as much of it as you can see, anyway!

Do I need to navigate my way along the route? Sort of, but don’t worry about it. We will provide a ‘track’ for you to follow on your phone or PDA device that you will be able to download before the trip starts. The route will not be hard to follow at all. If you can follow a standard satnav route, you’ll be fine!

What if I get lost? Unlikely. But if you do get lost you can call our crew and they will put you back on track, either by talking you through it. Or by physically coming and getting you in the vehicle and plonking you back on route if it comes to that. But it won’t.

What if I get hurt? As above. You’ll be in phone reception for most of the so help will not be far away. You can call 999 if it’s a true Emergency but our team will only ever be a phone call away. We have First Aid trained staff on the trip with a medical kit. So if you need assistance we will be there; similarly if you need or wish to withdraw from the route, we will come and get you. For the kayak stages, you will be with an experienced guide.

Where will we stay? We have lined up a superb campsite in the middle of Wall country for the mid-way point. We will cook you a hearty breakfast prior to departure on day 2.  At the finish, we recommend booking a night’s accommodation in Newcastle so you can enjoy a beer or two (first round on us!) to celebrate.

What is included? Check out the tabs above to see what we provide on kit/ equipment and what is included as far as food/ accommodation/ transport is concerned. You can download the full trip notes file HERE.

How do I get back after the Challenge finishes? The route finishes in Newcastle. We can take you to the train station upon finishing at the end of Day 2, for onward travel back to Carlisle (or elsewhere) or overnight in Newcastle, have some food and beers and we will drop you off at the station in the morning. Train connections back to Carlisle are good and frequent and journey time is about 1 hour. Direct trains leave Newcastle for national routes too, so you can simply jump on a train from there. Or if you want, we can drop you at the airport and you can fly out of town if you are going further afield.


25/26th MAY
2019 CARLISLE

A kayak, bike and run challenge tracing the entire length of the ancient frontier of the Roman Empire in Britannia – Hadrian’s Wall.

Foot and Bike: 2 day 1 night
Kayaking, Guided, Camping, 1 Night Stopover

   
What do these mean?

Technical Rating 7/10
Endurance Rating: 8/10

£399

Price is per person


25/26th MAY
2019 CARLISLE

A kayak, bike and run challenge tracing the entire length of the ancient frontier of the Roman Empire in Britannia – Hadrian’s Wall.

Foot and Bike: 2 day 1 night
Kayaking, Guided, Camping, 1 Night Stopover

   
What do these mean?

Technical Rating 7/10
Endurance Rating: 8/10

£399

Price is per person

Our adventure sets out to journey the entire length of Hadrian’s Wall, using foot, bike and our sturdy double sea kayaks – ideal for the tidal and non-tidal conditions we will encounter on this challenge.

We will set out from the westernmost point of the wall at Bowness-on-Solway in our kayaks, before transitioning to bikes for the ride out of Carlisle into ‘Wall country’ and then transitioning to foot at Greenhead for the final stage of day 1. We’ll travel as a small group but there will be opportunities to ‘stretch the legs’ on bike and foot sections if you wish to forge ahead (or take your time), with little navigation required as you take to the Hadrian’s Wall National Trail, which follows this incredible landmark over the crags, uplands and moors of Northumberland National Park. You will pass mile-castles and ruined forts on foot in this truly evocative landscape; and you may just get a sense of the vast frontier that the Legions must have felt standing guard here, staring out into the untamed wilderness north of the wall. We accommodate beneath the shadow of the wall ridge (Whin Sill) at Winshields, with the friendly Twice Brewed pub nearby.

Day 2 sees an equally adventurous Multi-Sport day. You will lace those trainers again for more of the classic National Trail, then switching south to pick up the smooth surface of Stanegate Roman Road for the long descent to the Tyne, at Hexham or Corbridge for the waiting kayaks. We will shoot down a fun section of the Tyne and come ashore in Wylam, to meet the bikes again. The excellent cycleway then takes you into Newcastle under the many iconic bridges, to reach the stunning Millennium Bridge and Baltic Wharf area, where you put trainers on for one last run to the finish and eastern–most end point of the Hadrian’s Wall at Wallsend.

If you can’t make our scheduled departure, we can run this adventure on a bespoke basis for you and your mates. A minimum of 6 people is required to run the trip. Email us to find out more.

Trip Highlights:

– Brand new route to achieve a complete multi-discipline traverse of the full length of ‘the Wall’
– Unique canoe legs on the tidal Solway and the famous Tyne
– Run (or trek) on the most famous and picturesque sections of Hadrian’s Wall, including Sycamore Gap, the crag edges, ruined forts and milecastles.
– Stunning overnight location in the middle of ‘Wall country’
-Start and finish at the true ‘ends’ of the Wall at Bowness-on-Solway and Wallsend.

 

 

Friday 24th May
Recommended (not essential) to stay in or near Carlisle as it’s an early start on the Saturday.

Saturday 25th May
Meet at Carlisle at 0600. We will transfer in our vehicle to the western end of Hadrian’s Wall at Bowness-on-Solway and then proceed with the canoes back to Carlisle, before switching to bikes and then to foot. The overnight will be spent camping in the shadow of the Wall itself, with a good pub located nearby for food and beers.

Sunday 26th May
Our second day gets underway with a hearty breakfast and then you will again bike, kayak and run/ hike to the eastern-most end of the Wall at Wallsend. There is then the option to stay locally and enjoy a celebration pint and meal, depart from Newcastle on your way, or to connect back to Carlisle by train to be reunited with your car, if you left it there at the start of the journey.

Camping accommodation on Sat 26th May is included in the price of the trip. See Food/Stay/Trans tab for more details.

Rat Race will provide:

  • Vehicle support for the team, including pit stop food and beverage provision. See Food/ Accommodation/ transport for more details
  • Satellite tracking and GPS routing device: Rat Race will provide satellite tracking units which allow us to see where you are at all times for your safety. It also allows your loved ones and supporters to keep track of your Pilgrim’s progress, should you wish to share. We will also provide a downloadable track of the route, for you to follow on your phone or other device. This is a ‘self-navigated’ route but the route is extremely easy to follow in this way. You should not worry about getting lost. We might use one or two strategically placed arrows, although this is not a fully way-marked route. At all times our support team will not be far away and our team driver will always available by phone also.
  • Stable double sit-on-top kayaks.

The participant will provide:
Their own footwear, running and biking gear, bike (road bike or mountain bike will work), waterproofs (recommended with taped seams), day pack and personal overnight kit, such as washing gear and casual clothes. A towel and a change of clothes for the activity is also recommended in case of wet weather.  Given the team could be travelling together in a vehicle for short periods, we would advise the use of a soft bag (like a holdall or rucksack) instead of a suitcase, for comfort and for the safety of the team in transit. We will also insist on a head-torch and a high-visibility top/ vest/ tabard in case you find yourself travelling on the route in the dark. It is unlikely, but just in case!

A full kit list will be circulated upon booking of the trip. We are able to hire bikes to those who wish.

We have rated this challenge as Technical rating 7/10 and Endurance rating 8/10. What does this mean?

Technical rating 7/10
This is a multi-sport challenge and some experience of each discipline is recommended. The kayak stages will take place with guide support, however you must be confident paddling an enclosed-cockpit kayak with another team member. These boats are stable and solid. You will be using spraydecks and you should be familiar with the drills required if the kayak does capsize. You are not required to know how to eskimo roll but you should be confident in righting your kayak with the assistance of other paddlers. Some confidence/ refresher training will be given on the morning of departure. But you must come prepared for a solid few hours in a kayak paddling as a team of 2 per boat.

The bike is all on tarmac; it is ‘lumpy’ (!) in places but not what we would call mountainous. Nice, flowing riding in upland areas with beautiful scenery. A mountain bike, hybrid, cyclocross bike or road bike will all work well.

For foot sections can be run or walked and are predominantly off-road routings on the Hadrian’s Wall National Trail. It is rough underfoot but in general it is a good off-road path surface which follows some excellent sections of Wall. Those views are hard-earned however, as it is definitely what we would call ‘lumpy!’

Endurance rating 8/10
Participants should expect 2 long days travelling by foot, bike and boat. Whilst there will be an informal cut-off time in place for the group’s safety, we are intending to give everyone a decent crack at completing this journey so if you are a plodder, don’t worry. You’ll make it. But you should expect 2 long days at it, with significant distance covered. It is a solid weekend’s activity.

Food and Bev

Provided within the trip costs are:

  • A full cooked breakfast in camp at the start of day 2
  • Savoury and sweet snacks, sports drinks (isotonic and carb-based), water and hot drinks from flasks whilst on the route, provided from our mobile ‘pit stop’ vehicle*
  • Complimentary alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink for all group members in a pub in Newcastle to celebrate a job well done

Participants will cover costs for:

  • Breakfast on day 1 prior to departure
  • Dinner on night 1 (it is suggested that the team go for pub food, although you are welcome to bring your own stove and cook food at camp)
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at the overnight accommodation and in Newcastle, after the conclusion of the challenge (except 1 complimentary drink from ourselves)

*Some Gluten-free and Vegan provision will be made although if you have food intolerances please do ensure you check with us on our provision as you may need to augment with your own supplies. Please contact us with any specific dietary requirements. Please note that the provision whilst on the route does not consist of ‘full meals’ and will be more snack-based grab n’ go options, to reflect the journey being undertaken. There will be some places to stop for lunch, to buy supplies and you may of course bring your own foodstuffs too. We would also advise that if you have sports nutrition products that you know work for you, please bring them with you.

Accommodation

Provided within the trip costs are:

  • Camping after Day 1, near Once Brewed
  • All communal camping equipment – tents, basic camp beds and camp supplies
  • Participants will provide their own roll mat and sleeping bag, although these can be hired from us if required

Participants will cover costs for:

  • Any accommodation costs incurred in advance of the trip (i.e. the night before departure, in Carlisle) and after the trip in Newcastle

Transport

Provided within the trip costs are:

  • Full on-course support by our vehicle
  • Transfer to the start location at Bowness-on-Solway from Carlisle
  • Transfers from the Finish and Starts of each Day’s stages to local accommodation, if required
  • Transfers to train or bus stations in Newcastle after the Challenge has finished

Participants will cover costs for:

  • Travel to Carlisle
  • Onward travel from the Finish in Newcastle back to Carlisle or onwards

How far is the route? The route is approximately 80 miles over 2 days over kayak, bike and run disciplines; split approximately 50% per day. The exact final route distance is subject to change and might be a little above or below these figures. The route will be shared in full in advance of the Challenge commencing.

How hard is it and how fit do I need to be? Well, it’s 80 miles over 2 days. It’s a big weekend out.  You need to confident you can be on the go pretty much all day for 2 days. But if you keep the legs turning, you’ll make it and achieve something fanstastic – a true journey across the entire length of the ancient Roman frontier of Britannia.

Do I need to run on the foot stages? No, but you can if you wish. There will be some folk who wish to and that is fine. If you want to walk some or all of it, that is also fine. Our support will cater to both ends of the spectrum on this trip. The nature of the trip allows you to ‘go at your own pace.’

What type of terrain is it? A large part of the cycle is on tarmac and quiet country roads. There are some nice off-road trail sections for the foot stages which are really up-close-and-personal to the Wall itself. The kayak sections vary between tidal (on the Solway on day 1) and some light but exciting rapids on the Tyne on Day 2. All in all, there is a mix of terrain which is what makes this adventure so unique and multi-faceted.

How close to Hadrian’s Wall do we get? Right on it. In many places, the wall is not there anymore as it’s buried under the roads you are cycling or the city that has swallowed it (in Newcastle). But in the middle, large swathes of Roman brickwork is still on show and you will be hard-up against it on some of the foot stages and on some of the bike stages too. This really is the length of Hadrian’s Wall – as much of it as you can see, anyway!

Do I need to navigate my way along the route? Sort of, but don’t worry about it. We will provide a ‘track’ for you to follow on your phone or PDA device that you will be able to download before the trip starts. The route will not be hard to follow at all. If you can follow a standard satnav route, you’ll be fine!

What if I get lost? Unlikely. But if you do get lost you can call our crew and they will put you back on track, either by talking you through it. Or by physically coming and getting you in the vehicle and plonking you back on route if it comes to that. But it won’t.

What if I get hurt? As above. You’ll be in phone reception for most of the so help will not be far away. You can call 999 if it’s a true Emergency but our team will only ever be a phone call away. We have First Aid trained staff on the trip with a medical kit. So if you need assistance we will be there; similarly if you need or wish to withdraw from the route, we will come and get you. For the kayak stages, you will be with an experienced guide.

Where will we stay? We have lined up a superb campsite in the middle of Wall country for the mid-way point. We will cook you a hearty breakfast prior to departure on day 2.  At the finish, we recommend booking a night’s accommodation in Newcastle so you can enjoy a beer or two (first round on us!) to celebrate.

What is included? Check out the tabs above to see what we provide on kit/ equipment and what is included as far as food/ accommodation/ transport is concerned. You can download the full trip notes file HERE.

How do I get back after the Challenge finishes? The route finishes in Newcastle. We can take you to the train station upon finishing at the end of Day 2, for onward travel back to Carlisle (or elsewhere) or overnight in Newcastle, have some food and beers and we will drop you off at the station in the morning. Train connections back to Carlisle are good and frequent and journey time is about 1 hour. Direct trains leave Newcastle for national routes too, so you can simply jump on a train from there. Or if you want, we can drop you at the airport and you can fly out of town if you are going further afield.