Tynemouth & Whitley Bay
C2C - Route 14
Route Section: Consett > Tynemouth
From Start: 222km (139m)
Whitley Bay 3.5km (2.2m)
Tynemouth, perched high above the North Sea, was a supply port in the time of Roman occupation and was used to supply the nearby Hadrian's Wall with much needed provisions. The now ruined priory was built by monks from the Holy Island of Lindisfarne in the 7th century.
Collingwood Monument You can't miss the huge statue of Admiral Collingwood. Beyond the Battery and commanding the attention of all shipping on the Tyne is the giant memorial to Lord Collingwood, Nelson's second-in-command at Trafalgar, who completed the victory after Nelson was killed. Erected in 1845, the monument was designed by John Dobson and the statue was sculpted by John Graham Lough. The figure is some 23 feet (7.0 m) tall and stands on a massive base incorporating a flight of steps flanked by four cannons from The Royal Sovereign - Collingwood's ship at Trafalgar.
In Victorian times the area was filled by the new breed of holiday-makers who arrived on the newly built railway to enjoy the areas sheltered bathing and boating.
Places of Interest
Sea Life Aquarium - more than 30 hi-tech displays provide encounters with dozens of sea creatures. Journey 'beneath' the North Sea and discover thousands of amazing sea creatures.
Black Middens - once notorious rocks near the Tyne entrance which in the 1860s claimed 5 ships in 3 days
Tynemouth Castle and Priory - dating from the 7th century this was the burial place for the Kings of Northumbria but was later destroyed by the Danes. Later founded as a Benedictine Priory and later still fortified but, now a picturesque ruin.
Where to Eat and Drink
Sidneys , Percy Park Rd.Now features in Michelin. 0191 257 8500
Giorgio's Pizzeria & Restaurant, Front St. 0191 257 3758 Marshall's Fryery at the Priory, Front St. 0191 257 2435
The Gate of India, 40 Front St. 0191 258 3453 Gibraltar Rock,
Carvery East St. 0191 258 5655
About Whitley Bay
A famous holiday resort on Newcastles grey coastal waters, what it occasionally lacks in weather it makes up for in the warmth of its welcome. A good place for a last night's fun, there are some splendid pubs and restaurants.
There is a good deal of accommodation here, handy for last nighters or those setting off on the Reivers, Hadrian's Cycleway or the Coast & Castles routes.
Where To Sleep
Run by: Duty Manager
Overlooking the Northumbrian coastline with fantastic views the Park is ideal for cyclists on any of the many routes that begin or end around Tynemouth. There is a 200-space car park, ideal for leaving your car whilst off cycling. The restaurant has an extensive a la carte menu plus carvery and all food is freshly prepared on the premises. The 55 rooms, most of them with sea views, are all en-suite with tea and coffee facilities, satellite TV, direct dial telephone. There is an English breakfast eat-as-much-as-you-like buffet.
Rooms : 46T/D, 4S, 5F (sleep 3-4), all but 5 of which have sea views B&B : from £37.50 Evening meal : £5 carvery deal for cyclists - Sunday lunch or between 1700-1900. Packed lunch : On request Secure indoor cycle storage : On route
York House Hotel
Run by: Michael & Marissa Ruddy
Near start and end of C2C, Reivers and Coast & Castles. 100m to the nearest pub and 250m to the beach. Delightful family run hotel conveniently and yet quietly situated close to all amenities. All rooms are en-suite with fridges and microwaves. Secure indoor cycle storage. Drying area and bike hosing now available.
Rooms: 2S, 5D, 3T, 3F.
B&B: from £35-£40.
Pk lunch: £5.95.
VisitBritain: 4-star (guest accommodation). Silver Award.
Run by: Michael Farwell
Ideal location: the Avalon is also a pub and is clost to the start of Reivers and Coast & Castles and close to the end of the C2C. Family run 3-star hotel with 14 en-suite rooms, secure bike storage, fully licensed bar plus washing and drying facilities. Great breakfast and very friendly.
Rooms : 3S, 6D,6T, 3F. Months open: all year B & B: from £30 per night Secure cycle parking: yes Grading: 3-stars
Run by: Andrew Birds
Popular with walkers and cyclists and conveniently located near to C2C, Reivers, Coast & Castles and Hadrians Wall routes. Winners of North Tyneside in bloom winners, Oaktree gave welcome to more than 1000 walkers and cyclists in 2011. Located just 100yds from Whitley Bay's award winning beaches and excellent restaurants. Highest standards of quality, comfort and service. Modern Bar/Lounge serving local beers and speciality teas & coffees your price includes breakfast using locally sourced organic.
Rooms: 4T, 4D, 2D, 2S.
Eve meal: no.
Pk lunch: £5. Local organic produce.
Secure bike storage. Free WiFi.
AA & Visit Britain: 4 stars - Silver Award.
Green Tourism : Silver Award.
Licensed Bar Lounge: Local Beers and speciality coffees and teas.
Run by: Christine Goodwin
Seafront position and splendid views and now with a licensed bar. Friendly and welcoming, Christine is a language teacher fluent in German, French and Spanish. The Northumbria has eight cheaper hostel rooms plus six further 3-star bedrooms. Ideal for any of the routes coming into/leaving the Whitley Bay-Tynemouth area. Free wi-fi.
Rooms: 8 hostel rooms sleeping 2-4 in bunks; 2D, 2T, 2S
B&B: £15 for hostel. Single room starts at £20, £25 - £35 for 3-star rooms
Pk lunch: on request.
Secure lock up: laundry.
French, German, Italian & Spanish spoken.
Cyclists Welcome scheme: Member of the Fair Pricing Scheme.
Run by: Andrew Stephenson & Stephen Dodds
Sleeps up to 24 so is ideal for groups. Contemporary 4-star B&B on the quiet area of Whitley Bay, but only a couple of minutes walk from the award-winning beach and short stroll to the vibrant town centre. Highly recommended on all review sites and currently voted the the top place to stay in Tyne & Wear on Tripadvisor. Free wireless internet throughout, all rooms are en-suite and the room facilities include 32" LCD TV, I pod Doc, radio alarm clock, DVD player, Freeview, complimentary hospitality tray, luxury toiletries and towels. Free on-street parking.
Rooms: 1S, 3T, 1D, 1F (sleeps up to six) plus pop-up beds.
B&B: from £35 (£30 if sharing family room). £45 single occ.
Eve meal: no, but lots of choice nearby.
Pk lunch: by arrangement.
Secure lock up . Drying facilities.
The Grand Hotel
Run by: Peter Dawson
The Grand Hotel has glorious sweeping views of the fabled North East coastline and is one of England’s finest hotels. Victorian and modern styles are fused to offer quality and style: cuisine ranges from casual to sumptuous; service prides itself on professional attention to detail; the rooms have king size beds and twin rooms have one king size and one single bed. Each of the bedrooms is individually designed and includes quality toiletries, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer, high-speed WiFi and LCD TV. Rooms are serviced daily and car parking is free.
Rooms : 46 S/D/T/F.
B&B : from £60 (sharing D or T).
Eve meal : Brasserie restaurant roughly £25-£30 for 3 courses. Copperfield real ale bar: meals for under £10. Afternoon teas served.
Secure lock-up and
Run by: Duty Manager
Much needed large accommodation ideal for groups finishing the C2C at that traditional British holiday resort. Hotel 52 has recently been refurbished and is geared up for C2Cers, with secure lock-up and very comfortable beds for aching bodies. There is also a restaurant and bar, pretty much everything you need whether cycling alone or with friends and colleagues. Sister hotel of the 52 in nearby Stanley.
Rooms : 32 S/T/D/Tpl & Fam suites
B&B : from £27.50 for 2. See website for deals.
Eve meal : from £20 for 2 including 2 drinks. Again, see website.
Pk lunch : on request. Secure lock-up for bikes.