Coast to Coast
Whitehaven to Sunderland
The Coast to Coast cycle route crosses from Northern England from the Irish Sea in Cumbria to the North Sea coast in Tyne and Wear. Cycle across the country in just three days.
Whitehaven to Penrith (55 miles)
After a comfortably late morning start from Whitehaven, you will pass through the very picturesque Loweswater and numerous pretty villages. This is a perfect route for someone who desires to see the lakes best back drops. this route incorporates three of the Lake District's five mountain passes; Kirkstone Pass (the highest), Honistor Pass (the steepest) and Whinlatter Pass (a beautiful woodland pass). This route goes via some of lake districts most favoured towns such as Ambleside, Grasmere, Keswick, where you will have lunch.
Day 2 - Penrith to Castleside (60 miles)
Your second day in the saddle is going to be a tough test with plenty of hills over the 60 miles, but with plenty of time to complete this leg. The tricky climb from Langwathby up Hartside Pass to a height of 1904ft, where you will see the magnificent views across the Solway Firth to Scotland. Lunch stop is taken at the Hartside Top Café, where you can see Helvellyn, Great Gable, Skiddaw and in southern Scotland, Criffel. Sufficiently refuelled you head onto Garrigill where more climbing awaits, to the highest point of this coast to coast route at Black Hill at1903ft.
Day 3 - Castleside to Sunderland (28miles)
Day Three is the easiest, with just a couple of steep short climbs before a long descent towards the sea. The lanscape becomes more urban as you approach the east coast as the route shifts to old railway embankments for much of the way to Sunderland. The final stretch follows the river through Sunderland to the North Sea coast and the C2C Finish after 135 miles. Having reached the finish line, you’ll have the opportunity to dip your wheel in the North Sea along with capturing this memorable moment with some photographs. Prior to setting off home there’s time for lunch and maybe a pint or two. At the end of the tour you will be transported back to your pick-up point.
Prices from £375 based on two people sharing bed and breakfast accomodation.