- UK’s favourite long distance cycle route
- Dramatic landscapes of the Lake District and Pennines
- Cycle friendly route – cycle paths and quiet country lanes
- Fully supported and awesome Skedaddle lunches
- Bike friendly B&Bs offering mouthwatering breakfasts
- Great sense of achievement, crossing the country, coast to coast
What a fantastic trip you guys have put together for the C2C! Communication, planning, and information before the ride was spot on. That was before the ride even started!
Getting to Newcastle is easy. If you are planning to arrive by air, there is an airport at Newcastle with direct services to Newcastle Central train station. For those arriving by car, you will be able to leave your vehicle at your accommodation, or if the train is your preferred transport mode, you can either take a taxi from the station to your accommodation or it is just a short 10-15 minute walk away.
We aim to leave Newcastle by no later than 4pm today, for the transfer to Threlkeld, near Keswick, where we will spend the night. There will be an opportunity to meet your fellow coast to coasters over a meal and a drink, and the Tour Leader will have a chat with everyone about what to expect for the next few days.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch
- Ascent: 1,100 Metres
After an early breakfast we make our way by minibus to Whitehaven. Whitehaven harbour marks the start of our ride and it’s only a few pedals before we leave the somewhat industrial Cumbrian coast and reach some of the prettiest countryside in the UK. Initially following the Cumbrian Cycle Network, we follow the route of a disused mineral railway to Kirkland. From here we follow the quiet country lanes along an undulating route via Loweswater and Low Lorton on to Whinlatter Pass (our first real climb of the route). From the top there’s a rewarding descent that takes us through Braithwaite and Portinscale along the banks of the River Derwent in to Keswick. Keswick is in a picturesque setting between the dramatic peak of Skiddaw and the lovely Derwentwater; the main centre for the Northern Lake District. Leaving Keswick we follow another railway line, this time alongside the River Greta. We quickly pass near the sacred Castlerigg Stone Circle; a Bronze Age meeting place, followed by the village of Threlkeld. It is here you will once again spend the night and sample yet more of the local produce on offer.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch
- Ascent: 1,300 Metres
Setting off today, the views are absolutely breathtaking. To the northwest stands Blencathra (868 metres) and to the southeast Great Dodd (856 metres) towers above Deepdale. The route is now one of quiet traffic free country lanes through hillsides dotted with small farms. The next place of interest is Greystoke Castle, former home of Lord Greystoke, on which the legend of Tarzan is based. Penrith follows, before we continue on to Edenhall and Langwathby. From here the route gets a little harder as we reach Hartside Pass (580 metres), if you know anyone who has already done the C2C, this is The Climb! The day ends with a superb descent that leads you all the way to Alston, and your accommodation for the evening.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch
- Ascent: 1100 Metres
Today we encounter the hilliest and highest points of our trip. Our first tea stop is at the old lead mining village of Nenthead. Climbing again we reach the highest point on the route, Black Hill (609 metres). After crossing Killhope top, we reach Allenheads. Not only boasting the highest village in England, it’s also home to one of the quirkiest pubs – The Allenheads Inn. Containing rooms full of bric-a-brac and nic-naks it’s a challenge to negotiate your way to the bar…never mind from it! Just a few more miles before we get to Rookhope. From Rookhope we skirt the countours of Stanhope Common on quiet lanes and continue along to Stanhope. Today ends with the last tough climb of the trip, Crawleyside Bank, from Stanhope to Parkhead Station.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch
- Ascent: 400 Metres
From Stanhope we join the Waskerley Way which is a traffic free trail that takes in the rugged, expansive scenery of the North Pennines, and contours, thankfully, predominantly downhill to the once thriving steel town of Consett. With the hardest cycling behind us we head towards our goal of Tynemouth. The route then follows a pleasant green route leading over numerous bridges and old railway viaducts and affording great views of the countryside. On reaching Gateshead and the impressive Baltic Arts Centre we cross the ‘Blinking Eye’ Millennium Bridge over the River Tyne into Newcastle then a short pedal along the riverside for lunch at ‘The Cycle Hub‘, the home of Skedaddle with its great Cafe and Bike Shop. Fully fuelled we start cycling the final few miles of the Coast to Coast alongside the River Tyne to Tynemouth. Not far to go now as we head into the heart of the former ship building area of the Tyne. On passing Wallsend, literally the end of Hadrian’s Wall, keep an eye out for Segedunum Roman Fort Museum. Continuing along close to the river we soon reach the Fish Quays of North Shields, where you’ll find a bustling little harbour, home to some of the finest fish and chips in the North East. You are now at the mouth of the Tyne and a few more pedal turns lead to your final destination, Tynemouth. Congratulations – you’ve just Skedaddled the Coast to Coast! Photos dutifully taken, you will then be transferred back to Newcastle.
This holiday uses part of the National Cycle Network operated by Sustrans, a charity devoted to promoting the use of sustainable transport. The route follows quiet country lanes, cycleways and paths including sections on old railway lines with gravel or cinder surface. With a mix of tarmac and some hardpacked gravel surfaces, a hybrid bike is recommended. The first few miles leaving Whitehaven has some unavoidable hardpacked gravel sections along an old railway line. The majority of the route between Stanhope and Newcastle also has gravel surfaces. With a little extra care, these off-road sections can be ridden on a road bike with touring tyres fitted.
Leisure Cycling Grade
Aspects of both our grade 3 and 4 trips
Suitable for the leisure cyclist who rides frequently, and who’s comfortable with some moderately challenging climbs
Some of the terrain may vary, potentially including sections of uneven or unpaved ground
Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!
For more information about our grading system click here.
Is this suitable for you?
Trips that are graded as a 3-4, will have aspects of both our grade 3 and 4 trips. These tours are suitable for those who keep themselves relatively fit and maybe enjoy an afternoon out on the bikes at the weekend. Your preference may be for flatter terrain, but you don’t mind tackling some hills, the occasional steep climb and some varying terrain (forest tracks, gravel paths etc.). It might be however that on some days the distances will be longer than a standard grade 3 trip, or some of the climbs may be quite challenging. You may also require some previous experience of tackling some uneven / unpaved ground to comfortably and safely ride certain sections of the route.
The support and thought that had gone into every element of the holiday added a bit of luxury to our C2C experience.
Dates & Prices
Are you keen to only travel with your family or friends? Struggling to find the right date? Well, we can organise a private departure for this tour and tailor aspects to suit your group's specific needs. Contact our friendly team and we'll help you turn your dream into reality.
A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms)
B) Meals as itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
C) Full support service including a guide qualified in First Aid and a back up vehicle carrying spares, snacks and extra equipment not needed on your bike
D) GPX files available upon request
E) Scheduled train station transfers on arrival and departure days
What's not Included
A) Riding guide
B) Personal clothing and equipment
C) Travel insurance
D) Bar bills, telephone calls, souvenirs, etc.
E) Bike & helmet hire (available if required)
F) Travel or flight costs and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)
G) Single room option (may be available if required)
H) Entrance fees to cultural or historical sites and visitor centres
I) Other optional activities
Cycling Coast to Coast
Strap in as we take a closer look at this classic journey by bike! Here's everything you need to know...
Meet the team: Brian James
We take a moment to get to know our fellow Northerner with the help of a little Q&A...
Customer Story: C2C, a long way up!
Juliet attempts the ride from Whitehaven to Tynemouth - the classic C2C route
Mark, Bedfordshire, UKWhat a fantastic trip...
What a fantastic trip you guys have put together for the C2C! Communication, planning, information before the ride was spot on, and that was before the ride even starts. No problems at all with meet-up, parking or transfer out to the 1st night. Can’t fault the drinks, snacks or lunch. Plenty of variety with the food at every stop. I was quite amazed at the selection of salads, meats, cheeses, breads and of course cakes & biscuits. Something for everyone. Superb.
I’d like to save my biggest thanks to the guides, Dave & Dan. Personally, having an illness like MS, I was unsure whether I would complete every day, before I started. With everything the guys did, it meant I could focus 100% on efforts out on the road. Without their assistance, I may not have made it, it’s as simple as that!
Most of the riders in the group made use of their skills at some point, whether it was mechanical or medical. They were worth their weight in gold, as far as i’m concerned. Best selling point for Supported Rides…
Sense of achievement (tick), great memories (tick), good company & support (tick).
Would I recommend it? In a heartbeat! We also had terrific weather, unlike anything you’d expect from the Lake District & Northumberland. Happy, happy!
Ann, Nottinghamshire, UKOutstanding on every level...
Our experience was quite frankly outstanding on every level! We had a few medical issues which were dealt with professionally and sensitively and on every level Dave and Dan are a credit to your organization. Nothing was too much trouble and the care we felt at a tricky and emotional time was perfectly handled. Thank you and we will be rebooking next year for another adventure…
Diane, AustraliaExcellent guides!
I could hardly believe how nice the the three tour guides were. Excellent wouldn’t do it justice. They propbably need a pay increase!
Dervla and Oss were wonderful. Such people are hard to find I imagine. Please let them know how much I appreciated their kindness and professionalism.
Liz, Hertsfordshire, UKWe would definitely recommend Skedaddle!
My favourite day was day 2 from Thekeld to Alston. The cycling was scenic, not too hilly and a fantastic hotel at the end of the day. Our guide, who was excellent, kept us stocked up with water and snacks during the afternoon and a few encouraging words! He was brilliant. He was very knowledgeable about the areas we were going through, giving detailed information so the route was easy to follow and he picked beautiful places for coffee and lunch breaks. He brought us extra snacks one afternoon when he thought we may be flagging – he was right we were! Seeing the van up ahead was like a mirage at times and very welcome. He was also good company in the evenings and really made the trip memorable.
My favourite accommodation and hosts were at Alston – friendly without being intrusive. A beautiful room and great dinner. The dinner in the evening at Parkhead, lasagne, was excellent and greatly appreciated after a long day of climbing hills! Our tour leader did a fantastic job with the lunches – beautifully presented and different each day. I especially liked the tea stop set up in the rocks of a dry stone wall – a lovely touch. He told us about other Saddle Skedaddle trips without being pushy and we definitely want to do another holiday and hopefully will get him as our guide again – he is a real asset to your company. The member of office staff we dealt with was also very helpful and friendly.
We would definitely recommend Skedaddle – you were recommended to me by a fellow cyclist on a Spice cycling weekend and I am delighted we followed his advice to book with you. The support and thought that had gone into every element of the holiday added a bit of luxury to our C2C experience. We are already thinking about the Newcastle to Edinburgh trip – just trying to work out when we can fit it in!
Jane, Bristol, UKEvery aspect of this holiday was superb
I was very impressed with a team member from the Saddle Skedaddle headquarters; she was always attentive to our needs in the pre-holiday buildup and had such excellent personal service. Everything about the holiday was superb, from the initial contact with Saddle Skedaddle through to the very end of the trip. It was fabulous to have timed stops where refreshments were served by our guides. They were always cheerful and encouraging and the refreshments were so welcome and delicious.
The Independent (December 2015)As seen in the press...
Cycling the road less pedalled is one of the most beautiful and leisurely ways to explore Britain. If the thought of a gruelling Lands’ End to John O‘Groats ride makes your thighs ache, try a shorter but no less epic bike tour across the width of England instead. Saddle Skedaddle will transport your things, put you up in bike-friendly B&Bs and even pack your lunches.
Alex, London, UKExcellent...
Les was the best guide that any group could’ve gotten. His detailed knowledge of the route made our navigation a breeze. Thanks again for the experience, Les!
Julie, Norwich, UKEnjoyable, stress free and loads of fun...
The service was top notch throughout. The accommodation supplied excellent breakfasts even for vegetarians. The lunches and snacks supplied during our rides were top notch, in the evening we choose to eat at our accommodation and every night we had brilliant meals with a great choice.
Every day was a favourite day and a new experience thanks to our leader Wayne who told us what was coming (such as another hill) but in a nice way so we were not shaking in our boots!! Wayne was helpful at all times, he always accommodated our every needs. We are already looking for our next holiday…
John, Newark, UKThe holiday exceeded expectations.
The holiday exceeded expectations. We were very fortunate with superb weather on all four days. Day 2 was probably the favourite because of variety of scenery and attractive villages for the two stops. Our tour leader was very professional with an ideal personality for the role – a great ambassador for the company and I would hope to enjoy his company on a future holiday.
Clair, Hertsfordshire, UKWe enjoyed every minute and had no worries!
We were worried at first as to what we had let ourselves in for as this was our first cycling holiday. We enjoyed every minute and had no worries! The attention to detail is second to none and we were very sad when it came to an end. The refreshments and lunch were excellent, we always had a good choice and never went hungry. Our tour leader would take care to go over the route and point out places that we should take care and places were we could take a wrong turn, and most importantly the tea and lunch stops. It was so appreciated on the afternoon of the 2nd day we had a big climb and our guide come along the road, just at the right time to re fill the water bottles and supply some much need jelly babies. He look after us very well and ensured everything ran smoothly. We both had a very good time and look forward to our next holiday with you.