Coast to Coast 5 Days

 


 

The Coast to Coast, also known as the c2c (sea to sea), or the coast2coast, is one of the UK's signature bike rides. It is probably the most popular long distance route in the country, and a must-do for keen cyclists. It makes an ideal UK cycle holiday for leisure cyclists and you will ride through some of the most stunning UK countryside. From the Georgian port of Whitehaven on the Irish Sea to the castle on the rock at Tynemouth facing the North Sea, this ride crosses some of the most dramatic landscapes in the land the silvery, shining levels and the high crags of the Lake District, the vast, eerily empty moorland on the Cumbrian Fells, and the Tyne Valley.

The ride is challenging, but somehow all the uphill seems to be repaid with interest on the Coast to Coast, especially riding from west to east. The descents from the Whinlatter Pass, off Hartside Pass and from the top of Black Hill are long, winding and memorable.

The towns you pass Keswick, Penrith, Alston, Allenheads, Stanhope and Consett are packed full of tea rooms, welcoming pubs and bags of northern charm but it’s the joy of riding through the wild and open countryside that will remain with you, and leave a lasting sense of achievement.

Dates

This tour runs on any day from April to October subject to availability. Please contact the office to check availability and for a package price.

Price - £600

(Based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room)

Supplements

 

Single room supplement - £180

Single Traveller Supplement - £300

Bike hire - £90

E-Bike Hire - N/A

Additional nights - Price upon request

 

Other Info

 

Bikes provided at extra cost are quality hybrid equipped with 21 gears, helmet, handlebar bag, water bottle and repair kit.

 

Trip Code

 

C2C512

Rob's Highlights

  • 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

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Newcastle or Penrith

Arrive in either Newcastle or Penrith by train or car and check in to your accommodation. A member of the Bikecation team will meet you this evening or after breakfast tomorrow, to hand over your route notes and maps, plus your bike if you’re hiring one, answer those last minute questions and give you a few tips.

Day 2: Whitehaven to Keswick – approx 31 miles

You’ll be transferred to Whitehaven. Your epic ride begins on the quay and quickly, you’re on a disused railway line, climbing away from the coast. At the foot of the Lakeland Fells, the landscape changes dramatically and the route continues on lanes, round Murton Fell and Owsen Fell, down to Loweswater. You then follow the River Cocker north to Low Lorton and start to climb, up and over the Whinlatter pass. Once on top, the route is on trails through Whinlatter Forest Park, and then down to Braithwaite. Then round to the edge of Derwent Water and into Keswick.

Day 3: Keswick to Alston – approx 45 miles

You head east following the River Greta through a thickly-wooded gorge. The landscape changes as you leave the iconic hills, scree slops and crags of the Lake District National Park behind you. You pass beneath the precipitous fell, Blencathra, then out via Mungrisdale on quiet lanes through farmland to the historic village of Greystoke. Beyond Penrith you cross the River Eden at Langwathby and start to climb into the north western Pennines. There are a few sections of downhill but the trend is uphill, all the way to Hartside Pass (590m. On a good day, the views back across the Lakeland Fells are jaw-dropping. There is a glorious descent to end the day to Alston.

Day 4: Alston to Stanhope – approx 24 miles

Most of today’s ride is through the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There’s a wonderful long, gentle descent off Allendale Moor into Allenheads. The road does rise and fall all day, and the views are continually rewarding, but the greatest sight of all is likely to be Stanhope, an unmistakable Durham dalestown on the banks of the River Wear, and the final destination for today.

Day 5: Stanhope to Tynemouth – approx 40 miles

The final day starts with a bit of uphill to reach the start of the Waskerley Way, a lovely traffic-free section across open moorland, following an old railway line. This curves gently round Waskerley and Smiddy Shaw reservoirs, over the magnificent Hownsgil viaduct and down into Consett. You continue along the traffic-free path through the heavily wooded Derwent Valley. Turning east, the route follows the Tyne through the heart of Newcastle, the bustling cultural capital of the north-east, all the way to the North Sea. 

What's Included 

 

What's Not Included 

24 hour emergency back up support

4 nights in small & intimate hotels or B&B's

Bed & Breakfast

Luggage transfers

Meet & Greet by Bikecation rep

Transfer to Whitehaven

Trip planner with route notes and maps

 

Bike hire

Drinks

Insurance

Lunches & evening meals

 

 

 

 

What's Included

24 hour emergency back up support

4 nights in small & intimate hotels or B&B's

Bed & Breakfast

Luggage transfers

Meet & Greet by Bikecation rep

Transfer to Whitehaven

Trip planner with route notes and maps

What's Not Included

Bike hire

Drinks

Insurance

Lunch & evening meal

Testimonial

 

“Unbelievably beautiful bike ride - it was wonderful and lived up to all my expectations. I have been talking about doing this for so long and now I am absolutely thrilled that I have actually done it. Now looking for my next tour. Thank you so much.” - John Harwood

 

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