Coast to Coast 3 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. 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 self-guided ride is challenging, but somehow 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, while completing this belter of a ride in just two days will 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 - £425pp

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

Supplements

 

Single room supplement - £120

Single Traveller Supplement - £210

Bike hire - £55

 

 

 

Itinerary - Customiseable for you. Also availble in 4 day or 5 day Itinery at extra cost. 

Day 1: Arrive in Newcastle or Penrith

Arrive in either Newcastle or Penrith by train (you’ll be collected from the station) or car (you can leave your vehicle at the hotel for the duration of the trip), 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 Alston – approx 76 miles

After an early breakfast, you’ll be transferred from your accommodation to Whitehaven. Your epic ride begins on the quay, overlooking the marina. Soon you’re on a disused railway line, climbing almost imperceptibly away from the coast. It’s a lovely, gentle way to start. 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. It may be a little early for refreshments, but if you’re desperate, divert ½ mile from the route to the Kirkstile Inn, a classic Lake District pub that has been welcoming travellers since Tudor times. You then follow the River Cocker north to Low Lorton and start to climb, up and over the Whinlatter pass – it’s first the big haul of the day. Once on top, the route is on trails through Whinlatter Forest Park, past the bustling cycle centre where there’s a good café, and then down steeply, to the edge of Derwent Water and Keswick. The route now heads east along a dismantled railway line, following the River Greta through a thickly-wooded gorge to Threlkeld. 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 pedal passed fields full of lapwings, curlew and grey partridge, cross the River Eden at Langwathby and start to climb, gently at first, into the north western Pennines. There are a few sections of downhill, to cross the rivers and becks that wriggle across the landscape, but the trend is up, all the way to Hartside Pass (590m), where the restorative powers of tea and cake at England’s highest café will become powerfully obvious. On a good day, the views back across the Lakeland Fells are jaw-dropping. There is a glorious descent to end the day, across heather-clad moorland, to the lovely unspoilt town of Alston."

Day 3 Alston to Newcastle – approx 64 miles

The day starts through the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a vast upland plateau of glorious, unspoilt countryside. It’s the least populated part of England. Depending on what time of year you’re here, look out for the wealth of birds that inhabit the moors – curlew, oystercathers, lapwing, snipe, grouse, merlin and hen harriers are just a few of the species you might spy. The road does rise and fall all morning, 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. Stanhope means you’ve broken the back of the Coast to Coast: it’s comparatively gentle from here. The Waskerley Way is a lovely traffic-free section across open moorland, following an old railway line. This is the beginning of the end – it’s pretty much downhill or flat the whole way to Tynemouth now.

What's Included 

 

What's Not Included 

24 hour emergency back up support

2 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

2 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

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