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C2C - Coast to Coast

Supported Leisure Bike Tour

Grade

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5

Duration

5 days

Prices from

$755 P.P.
United Kingdom

C2C - Coast to Coast

Supported Leisure Bike Tour

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

5 days

Prices from

$755 P.P.
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The Coast to Coast by bike (C2C) is a ‘must-do’ cycling tour in the UK! With its quiet country lanes, cycleways and paths it's a wonderful way to see the varied and beautiful landscapes of northern England, on the National Cycle Network route from the Irish Sea across to the North Sea.
After leaving the sea at Whitehaven, we head eastwards into the solitude and space of the Lake District, Cumbria and the North Pennines. This well paced cycling tour ends 140 miles later as we cross the fabulous Millennium Bridge in Newcastle before reaching Tynemouth.
Newcastle is our chosen rendezvous point for cycling the Coast to Coast. With its excellent road, rail and air connections getting to Newcastle is easy. From Newcastle we transfer by minibus to our first night’s accommodation near Keswick. After breakfast we make our way again by minibus to Whitehaven. Over the next few days our cycling takes us through Cumbria, across the rugged scenery of the North Pennines and along the River Tyne to Tynemouth.
Self-guided UK Coast to Coast cycling options (2, 3, 4 or 5 day) are also available.
Like any of our UK supported trips, The Coast to Coast cycle is also available as a private departure for groups of friends, colleagues, families or anyone else! If our standard dates don't work, you would like a slightly altered itinerary or you would prefer a private group trip please give us a call for a chat.

Highlights

  • 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

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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!

Mark, UK

Itinerary

Day 1
Friday - Arrival in Newcastle
Non Cycling Day

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.

Day 2
Whitehaven to Threlkeld
37 Miles / 60 Kms. Approx.
  • 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.

Day 3
Threlkeld to Alston
42 Miles / 67 Kms. Approx.
  • 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.

Day 4
Alston to Parkhead
25 Miles / 40 Kms. Approx.
  • 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.

Day 5
Parkhead to Tynemouth
38 Miles / 61 Kms. Approx.
  • 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.

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The Cycling

Terrain

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.

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Leisure Cycling Grade

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Grade 3-4 : Moderate/ Active

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.

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The support and thought that had gone into every element of the holiday added a bit of luxury to our C2C experience.

Liz, UK

Dates & Prices

Private Departures

Private Departures

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.

Start Date
End Date
Duration
Price p.p.
Start Date
07/05/2021
Return Date
11/05/2021
Duration
5 days
Price
$755.00
Start Date
02/07/2021
Return Date
06/07/2021
Duration
5 days
Price
$755.00
Start Date
03/09/2021
Return Date
07/09/2021
Duration
5 days
Price
$755.00

Whats Included Tick

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 Cross

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

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The Essentials

Travel Options

We will meet in Newcastle on Friday at 15.00 so please bear this in mind when making your travel arrangements.

If travelling by plane, Newcastle has an airport, although transatlantic options are limited and most routes will come via London. If choosing to arrive by train from elsewhere in the country, your destination is Newcastle Central Station. Group train station transfers are included in the holiday price and there will be a Skedaddle transfer at 14.30 from Newcastle train station to the meeting point. Alternatively, you can make your own way to Threlkeld or travel by train to Penrith on the Friday evening, where we can collect you at approx 18.00.

You will be expected to finish in Tynemouth at around 16.00 and we will transfer you back to your car in Newcastle or to Newcastle train station. Please do not book any return trains prior to 17.30 or flights prior to 19.00.

Please check with us before making any travel arrangements, to make sure we have reached the minimum number required to guarantee your holiday and to ensure your arrangements fit with our scheduled transfers and logistics. Please note – If you make alternative travel arrangements, which fall outside of the planned train station transfers, there may be an additional charge for individual transfers.

Accommodation

In the UK we use small, good quality 3 or 4 star hotels, B&Bs, inns and small family-run hotels. Our trips are operated on a twin-share basis but single rooms can be provided, subject to availability, for a supplement if requested at the time of booking.

Bike Hire

If you would like to hire a bike we have both hybrid and electric bikes available to hire. The hybrid bikes are generally Giant Roam or Liv Rove with a large 30 speed gear range, semi-slick tyres and a relaxed riding position. Our electric bikes are generally Giant Entour 2 E+2 Disc pedal assist bikes with 300Wh batteries.

Helmets and panniers are provided with all our hire bikes along with an emergency repair kit including a spare innertube, bike pump and bike lock.

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News, Reviews & Stories

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

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