A fully supported tour on the fabulous C2C route
Some might say the original coast to coast cycling tour in northern England, the C2C is a classic cycling holiday and a right of passage for some cycling tourers. Our C2C holiday averages 35 miles per day with the longest jaunt being 40 miles on the second day to Aston. A beautiful 140 mile tour taking you through the North of the Lake District National Park and the North Pennines AONB before following the River Tyne to its meeting with the North Sea at Tynemouth.
Beginning in Whitehaven on the Irish Sea, where your bike's back wheel takes the now customary dip in the water before heading through the beautiful scenery that the Lake District has become world famous for, passing the highest point on the National Cycle Network as you cross the Pennines on this 140 mile adventure before coming off the mountains and meeting the Tyne, and following the river to the Sea.
|DAYS / NIGHTS||AVG DAILY MILEAGE||COST|
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A beautiful adventure across the North Pennines and popular with good reason. This tour finishes by riding through the Quayside in the centre of beautiful Newcastle, surrounded by its many bridges and buildings, old and new, before heading to picturesque Tynemouth and the end of the tour. This is a 140 mile tour ridden on traffic-free paths, on-road cycle lanes, country lanes and quieter roads. We offer bike hire to those who need them, providing you with 24 speed hybrid bikes to help you climb those hills. Road bikes are fine to complete this tour.
* All prices per person based on two people sharing.
Example Four Day Itinerary
|DAY 1||Whithaven - Keswick||32 miles|
|DAY 2||Keswick - Alston||40 miles|
|DAY 3||Alston - Stanhope||22 miles|
|DAY 4||Stanhope - Tynemouth||40 miles|
After setting off from the lovely coastal town of Whitehaven we head north up the Cumbria coast on quiet bicycle paths and local roads to Workington. After crossing the River Derwent we turn east into the beautiful lake district towards Cockermouth and Keswick, two of the most picturesque tows on the route, and Keswick is where we bed down for our first night.
Leaving Keswick on the morning of day 2, we head towards Penrith through the stunning country the Lake district has become famous for, then out of the Lakes and into the North Pennines AONB. After leaving the old Cumbrian capital of Penrith, we start to rise up into the Pennines, passing Little Salkeld we climb with the road until we reach the Hartside café, the highest teashop in England and the accompanying views out across the Eden Valley. We then have a little reward for all of our hard work, after a cup of tea that is, of a 1000ft drop into Alston, a small town on the western edge of the Pennines and our stop for day 2
On day 3 we set off to cross the Pennines and in Particular the Nnorth Pennines AONB. Crossing into Northumberland between the two villages of Nenthead and Allenheads, two villages vying for the honour of being the highest village in England, steep climbs abound. After passing through Allenheads we climb up to Currick Summit, past a stone cairn on the Border with County Durham and into Durham we go, after which we have a nice descent into Rookhope village. Coming out of Rookhope we face our last real climb of the day, after which it is all plain sailing, and downhill to Stanhope and our third night on the trip.
After leaving Stanhope, after breakfast we head up our last real climb of the tour, short and steep towards Crawleyside. Past Crawleyside you have a choice of taking the Waskerley Way, a lovely converted old railway path, or staying on the b road, either way we now begin our descent off the Pennines to the River Tyne, past Consett and the Turner Prize winning sculpture, Terris Novalis. From here we follow the same route as Hadrian's Cycleway, on the banks of the Tyne, into Newcastle. Follow the Coast and Castles route through Newcastle, a real happening city, full of the finest architecture, bars, cafés, restaurants, art galleries and museums. Following the cycle path through the city, past Wallsend and North Shields before we end up in Tynemouth, on the opposite side of the city country we from which we started. Here we spend our final night on the tour, beside the coast, with many restaurants and bars for you to celebrate a great adventure.
C2C - Youtube - Whitehaven to Tynemouth
C2C - Blog Post