Coast to Coast – Guided
Dates in 2017 on sale now for £375.00 pp
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This is a three-day, fully supported cycling adventure taking in some of the finest cycling and countryside in northern England. We will be following the exceptional Sustrans Cycle Route, which although challenging in parts, is well within the capabilities of a reasonably fit and well-prepared cyclist.

Throughout the coast to coast guided trips, riders will be supported by a driver and back-up van that will be responsible for transporting luggage between the accommodation used each day. The back-up van will also be equipped with spare parts, tubes, tools & few spare bikes, should riders encounter problems. The driver will also be able to deal with minor cycle repairs en route. We will be carrying a limited selection of spare parts, such as inner tubes, brake blocks and gear cables. Should a more serious mechanical problem arise, we will transport your bike to a nearby bike shop and provide a spare bike free of charge.

It should be noted that a road bike is not suitable for this ride as there are many sections of gravel track which a road bike is not really designed for. A hybrid bike is ideal for this ride.

Our professional guide will normally cycle towards the rear of the group and will be on hand to help with difficult areas of navigation, providing a briefing each morning and throughout the day will be on hand to deal with general cycling issues as we make progress towards our goal in Tynemouth. Importantly, each day our guide will make sure that no one is left behind.

Accommodation will be booked for the length of the journey, and we will be staying in comfortable Bed and Breakfast’s & pubs. The accommodation will be situated within a short distance of our evening finish point. We do not supply evening meals but have ensured that each evening’s accommodation is situated where we can get a good evening meal and we usually eat as a group.

After breakfast each morning we will meet at a convenient location and before cycling we will hold a short briefing, which will outline the rough details of the days riding, identify any difficult areas of navigation and the elevation of the days ride, we will also highlight where we will meet for our lunchtime break. Riders will then be given a Sustrans C2C map and our own detailed route notes to allow them to cycle at their own pace should they wish. Breakfast is provided each morning & lunch is provided at a café on Day 1 & Day 3 but not on day 2 of the tour.

We believe that the key to the successful completion of any project is preparation; in line with this theory we will be more than pleased to discuss training requirements prior to the start of our holiday.

We make every effort to ensure that all the logistics have been thought of so that you can enjoy your ride without worrying about all of the planning involved with such a tour.

We eat together at a suitable place each evening & have tea/coffee/biscuits/fruit/water available in the back up van & a mechanic on hand throughout.

At the end of the tour you will be transported to Newcastle station for onward travel or if you drove to the start point we will arrange for a minibus to take you & your bike back to your car when you have finished your ride. We should finish riding between 14.30 – 15.00 on the final day of the tour.

To conclude, the ethos of our C2C tour is to provide a safe and enjoyable environment in which to appreciate the fabulous cycling and countryside that northern England has to offer. We pride ourselves on a professional attitude and a passion for cycle touring which we wish to share with like-minded people.

  • A pint and a bap at the Kirkstile Inn, Loweswater
  • Riding the dismantled railway line through lovely woodlands, from Keswick to Threlkeld
  • The descent from Hartside Pass to Alston
  • Tea and cake in Allenheads
  • The birdlife on the high moors of County Durham
  • The long, gentle descent to Consett
  • Riding a traffic-free path along the Tyne River through the heart of Newcastle

What people have said

“All the accommodation was excellent.The guides were always fun and informative and very good motivators. Overall, excellent.”
Heather & Nigel Widdows
   Dates Adult(PP)
From 18 May 2017 to 21 May 2017
Places available
£375.00
From 13 July 2017 to 16 July 2017
Places available
£375.00
From 24 August 2017 to 27 August 2017
Places available
£375.00

Coast to Coast Booking Conditions:

To book a tour please send a completed booking form and (a) Deposit of £200.00 per person or (b) The full holiday cost. If only the deposit is paid at time of booking then full payment of the holiday is required no less than 4 weeks before the start of your holiday. No further reminder is sent. If you book your holiday within 4 weeks of the holiday start date, the full holiday cost is required at time of booking.

Cancellation by Us:

In the unlikely event that we have to cancel the tour you will be entitled to a full refund of all monies paid. If the tour is cancelled because the minimum number of people required to operate this tour hasn’t been reached then you will be notified no less than 1 calendar month before the departure date. If the tour is cancelled by us we will not be responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred such as travel expenses, visas etc & no compensation will be paid to cover these expenses.

Cancellation by You:

Please see our cancellation policy on the website or contact one of the team in the office.

Accommodation:

You will stay in a mixture of B&B’s and/or country inns. You will stay in twin or occasionally triple rooms with a member of the same sex or in a double room if you would like to stay with your partner (unless you chose the single room option). The actual stopovers may change from the advertised accommodation providers, if this happens then an equivalent standard of accommodation will be used nearby.

Single Room Option:

If you chose the single room option you will have your own room for the duration of the trip. This will be in either a single room or single occupancy of a double room. The price for the single room option is £100.00 extra.

Return Transport:

If you chose the return transport option we will arrange for you & your bike to be transferred to the start point (please add £50 to the total tour price).

Cycle Hire:

If you chose the cycle hire option you will be provided with a Dawes Discovery 301 (or a mountain bike if you prefer) at the start of your tour & have use of the bike until the end of the tour. If any problems arise during the tour your bike will be either fixed or replaced with a spare bike. The price for cycle hire is £50.00 per person.

Support:

On tours with 8 people or less in the group then there may only be one tour guide with you who will drive the back-up van each day. Tours with 8 - 15 people in the group will have two tour guides with one guide driving the back-up van and the other guide cycling with the group. Tours with 16+ will have a guide that cycles with the group plus two back up vans do provide support.

Minimum Number:

If the minimum number of people required to run the trip is not met then we will have to cancel the trip. You will be notified at least 1 calendar month prior to the start date of the trip if the minimum number (usually 6 people) hasn’t been met & you will receive a full refund of all monies paid.

What's included

  • 2 Lunches
  • 3 Breakfasts
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Back up van with spare parts and a few spare bikes
  • Detailed route notes and maps so that you can cycle at your own pace and luggage transfer each day
  • Full trip support including a tour leader that cycles with the group
  • The back up van also carrys a range of snacks

What's not included

  • C2C Cycle shirt (available for £30)
  • Cycle hire (available for £50)
  • Evening meals
  • Insurance
  • Transport from Tynemouth
  • Transport to Workington

Day 1: Arrival

We stay in the lovely village of Greystoke on our arrival night and also on our first night on the road. A coach takes the group (and bikes) from Greystoke to Workington to start our ride.

Day 2:

Our departure is from the lighthouse in the small port of Workington and the initial part of the 41 mile route follows a cycle path along a disused railway line and then quiet lanes to the town of Cockermouth. Leaving Cockermouth we will be climbing up to Wythop Woods, before a descent to Keswick, with glorious views of Bassenthwaite Lake away to the left. We will stop for lunch just before Keswick at the small village of Portinscale and continue to Keswick, Mungrisdale and Greystoke.

Day 3:

Leaving early on our second day (49 miles) in the saddle we will cycle to the town of Penrith; with a steep hill to tackle as we leave and some tough cycling marked by hills at Langwathby, Hartside, Leadgate and Nenthead. However, from the summits of these hills we will be rewarded with stunning views of the Pennines. The second day is the toughest and will require some hard work to get up some of the hills but the scenery in this part of Northern England is truly spectacular & the climbs will no doubt be punctuated by the odd stop for coffee, cake & banter along the way.

Day 4:

The final day (40 miles) commences with a tough climb up to Stanhope Common, with the cycle café at Parkhead marking the start of a fantastic descent along the Waskerley Way towards Consett. As we close in on Newcastle we follow the Derwent Walk Cycle Path and then converge on the River Tyne following the cycle path through Newcastle city centre and out to the finish point at the Castle and Priory at Tynemouth. In the three days of our adventure we will have cycled a total of 130 miles and hopefully had a great time.

What people have said

“All the accommodation was excellent.The guides were always fun and informative and very good motivators. Overall, excellent.”
Heather & Nigel Widdows

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What people have said

“All the accommodation was excellent.The guides were always fun and informative and very good motivators. Overall, excellent.”
Heather & Nigel Widdows

Frequently asked questions

1. How fit do I need to be for these holidays?

Our Bikecations are designed to attract people of all ages and levels of fitness. All the holidays can be enjoyed by anyone who is reasonably fit. Some holidays involve greater distances or frequency of cycling and some will cover hillier terrain than others. Our tour gradings and itinerary descriptions should help guide you towards the most suitable holiday options for you. If you are not sure, give us a call.

2. How many miles a day can I expect to cycle?

This depends on the Bikecation you choose. These have been graded so you know what to expect.

For a bikecation leisure cycling holiday a gentle pace is about 7-8 miles per hour, so, if you cycle for four hours, you can expect to cover 25-30 miles comfortably. This leaves plenty of time for sightseeing, picnics, visiting castles or churches, stopping for morning coffee or whatever you want to do. You have all day to get to your next stopover, so you can relax and enjoy the countryside. We can also include rest days when you can enjoy other activities if you require.

For our road cycling and bespoke tours for groups we will advise you what is best for the particular trip you wish to ride on. Usually we try to cover 60-100 miles at an average speed of 13.5 to 14.5 mph but this can be slower or faster depending on the group.

3. What do I wear for leisure cycling ?

It is important to be comfortable when cycling so we suggest wearing thin layers of clothing. Padded cycling shorts, a zipped top, windproof light jacket and trainers are standard fare. Fast drying and hardwearing synthetic fabrics are ideal as a base layer as these allow your skin to breathe and wick the moisture away from your skin to the next layer, avoiding the chill which cotton T-shirts can cause. In mid-summer you may just need shorts and a t-shirt. Safety helmets are strongly recommended on all Bikecation holidays and are a legal requirement in some countries so please bring your own helmet. We will send out a What to wear document to you well in advance of your Bikecation.

4. Are cycling holidays suitable for children?

Cycling can make an ideal family holiday, provided the right distances are chosen for the younger members of the party. We would suggest that you call us to discuss the most suitable tours for your children. In most places we are able to offer children’s bikes and child seats, if you have toddlers or babies.

5. How much luggage can I bring?

Your luggage is transported for you every day so bring what you need to make your holiday relaxing and comfortable. Please try and limit it to one item of luggage per person and that it is clearly labelled. On some tours there is a weight limit per item.

6. What happens to my luggage?

We want you to enjoy your Bikecation to the full so, for your comfort, we arrange the transportation of your luggage from one hotel to the next. The only thing we ask is that you leave your suitcases in reception on setting out each morning, and the hoteliers will ensure that it is waiting for you at your next hotel. We will provide luggage labels for you. All you need carry with you are drinks, a camera, waterproofs and sun cream.

7. Is my money safe if anything happens to Bikecation?

Your money is safe when you book your Bikecation. To protect your payments fully, all monies paid by you to us for your holiday are held in a separate Client’s Trust Account and are not released to Bikecation until your holiday has taken place. This practice fully satisfies the requirements of EC and UK law. Please call us if you would like to discuss this further.

Bikecation is also fully licensed by ATOL ( no. T7462) that is issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). for full details how how your payments are protected, please read our Your Financial Security page.

8. Do I need to bring my own bike? What type of bike should I bring?

We arrange for hire bikes to be provided for your holiday or tour. However, if you would prefer to bring your own bike then by all means bring it with you, but it must be in good working order. We recommend either a hybrid or a mountain bike fitted with road tyres for our leisure cycling holidays.

For our road cycling trips we can advise on what is best for your situation but we regularly transport bikes to the start destination.

If you do bring your own bike, you should insure it separately. Most household insurance policies can be extended to cover your bike whilst on holiday.

9. What happens if I have a problem with the bike or any other problem en route ?

If you are provided with a bike it will be well-maintained and serviced before being rented out so there should be no problems however, there are emergency numbers provided in the Route Notes for more complex problems.
If you have brought your own bike and you are unable to fix it, we will find you a replacement for the rest of your holiday.

Our road cycling trips will also have back up support with a mechanic unless requested otherwise with a possible spare bike for any major problems.

10. What should I do about holiday insurance?

If you choose a holiday abroad, you should have adequate insurance to cover you for medical expenses and for cancellation or curtailment of your holiday. For holidays in the UK we recommend everyone should have holiday travel insurance. Not all insurance policies cover cycling daily so we recommend Campbell Irvine. For full information, please read our ‘Trip Preparation’ page

11. Where will I leave my car for the duration of the leisure cycling holiday?

In most cases you can leave your car for the duration of your holiday in the car park of the hotel used for the first night’s accommodation. Where parking is not available at the first hotel, you will be advised of the alternative arrangements made for you.

12. I’m on my own – Which holidays are best for me ?

Nearly all our holidays are open to single travellers, but our Group guided holidays may be of most interest. Group holidays give you the opportunity to meet others of like mind and to enjoy cycling together. The group ‘vibe’ continues into the evening if you decide to eat together. A guide will help you appreciate the history and culture of the area you’re visiting.

13. What type of accommodation can I expect?

There is a variety of accommodation ranging from Castles and Chateaux to small boutique hotels and good quality B&Bs, thereby offering a range of different priced holidays. If you have any questions regarding which accommodation is used in the trip you are interested in riding please contact the office.

14. What are the routes like?

The descriptions of our Leisure Bikecations indicate the main types of routes we use on each holiday, such as provincial roads, country lanes, dedicated cycle ways, some tracks and Casa Verdes (disused railway tracks). While we try to use quiet routes wherever possible, you should be comfortable riding occasionally in traffic. Traffic volumes can vary even on minor roads, especially in more popular tourist areas; we sometimes have to use short sections of busier roads to cross rivers or connect scenic routes, and traffic will inevitably be heavier in and near towns.

Some routes include occasional sections on unsurfaced tracks, but these don’t require any specific technical riding skills. If you are unsure of your level, or would like to know more about the cycling on specific holidays, then please do not hesitate to contact our knowledgeable reservations team.

15. Do I need to bring money for food?

All the holidays include a hearty breakfast each day. Some also include lunch and an evening meal. Where they are not included, you are free to choose where and when to eat. Some hotels will provide you with a packed lunch on request, but most people like the freedom of stopping at the place of their choice to experience the local cuisine. Some routes have been designed to incorporate gastronomic delights and will include an evening meal. Details are given with each individual tour.

16. Is it possible to extend one of the holidays from a few days to a full week?

We have the resources to design a tour to suit your requirements, incorporating rest days if desired, taking in places that are of interest to you. Give us a call and we will try to accommodate your wishes. The only constraint may be the availability of the accommodation.

17. Can you arrange flights for the overseas tours?

Flights are not included in the tour price, however we can book flights for you. Holding an ATOL licence means that if you book a tour and flight together with us you will have the added piece of mind of the financial protection offered by ATOL. If you prefer to book your own, we recommend that you wait until your tour booking is confirmed before you book any flights and booking separately means you will not be covered by ATOL. For full information on our flight services please contact us on email@bikecation.co.uk

18. When are the tours available?

Departure dates are shown for all tours. Please be aware that the holidays are very dependent on the availability of the selected accommodation. These have been chosen carefully, looking for a high standard to ensure you are comfortable at all times. During busy periods this is not always available, so we advise that you should book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

What people have said

“All the accommodation was excellent.The guides were always fun and informative and very good motivators. Overall, excellent.”
Heather & Nigel Widdows
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