Tynemouth & Whitley Bay

We have pooled these two neighbouring communities so that those wishing to spend a night in the area have a better chance of finding a bed. Tynemouth is limited for accommodation but Whitley Bay abounds with it. The two towns form a significant cycle hub as they are at the beginning and end of several routes in addition to Hadrian’s Cycleway: namely the C2C, Reivers and Coast & Castles.

Tynemouth, perched high above the North Sea, was a port in the time of Roman occupation and was used to supply troops manning Hadrian’s Wall. Its ruined priory was built by monks from the Holy Island of Lindisfarne in the 7th century. Some 1,200 years later, in Victorian times, the area was filled by a new breed of holidaymaker who arrived on the newly built railway to enjoy the area’s sheltered bathing and boating.

This is when Whitley Bay, with its Pleasure Dome, Spanish City and seaside villas, poked its head above the beach front. Whitley Bay is geared up for tourism. Every other building offers food, drink or accommodation – or all three. It is a strikingly traditional English seaside resort and is currently attempting to rediscover its former glory, when smart Geordies would jockey for space on the beach front.

Places of interest

Tourist Information Centre: TICNS@ northtyneside.gov.uk. 0191 200 5896 or 0191 200 8703

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 five ships in three 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.

Cycle shops

Whiptail Cycles
3, Livingston View,
Tynemouth, Tyne & Wear,
NE30 2PL
0191 257 2212

Dixons Cycles
184 Park View,Whitley
Bay,Tyne and Wear,
NE26 3QP.
0191 253 2035