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C2C - Coast to Coast (3 Days Cycling)

Self-Guided Leisure Bike Tour

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Duration

4 days

Prices from

$625 P.P.
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This ‘must-do’ cycling holiday is a wonderful way to see the varied and beautiful landscapes of northern England, following the well signed National Cycle Network route from the Irish Sea in the West to the North Sea in the East, cycling along quiet country lanes, cycleways and paths.
Leaving the Irish Sea behind, you head into the solitude and space of the Lake District, Cumbria and the North Pennines. This popular route and firm Skedaddle favourite, is not without its challenges, taking in Hartside Pass, where at a respectable 580m above sea level you can stop and, on a clear day, admire spectacular views across the Lake District, the Solway Firth and into southern Scotland. The long descent into Alston which follows has to be one of the many highlights of the ride!
You can choose to spend the first night in either Newcastle or Penrith before we transfer you early the next morning to Whitehaven and the start of your ride which ends 140 miles later in Tynemouth. Time for those all important celebratory photos! We will meet you in Tynemouth then transfer you back to Newcastle or Penrith for your onward journey home. 
Please make sure that you let us know whether you prefer to arrive into Newcastle or Penrith at the time of booking!
This self-guided trip is for a minimum of 2 people and accommodation, transfers, luggage transfers and emergency back up are all included. With access to the Skedaddle App you'll be able to navigate the routes with ease. Nothing could be simpler! 
You can also do this route over four or five days of cycling, or if you are looking for an even more challenging trip with longer daily distances, talk to us about our two day version.
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Highlights

  • UK’s favourite long distance cycle route
  • Dramatic English landscapes
  • Cycle friendly route
  • Stress-free cycling complimented with an abundance of pubs and cafes en route
  • Bike friendly B&Bs offering mouth-watering breakfasts
  • Flexibility to choose your own start date or one of our great value scheduled departure dates
  • Suitable for adults and older children

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We thoroughly enjoyed the whole holiday. The Skedaddle team seem to have everything covered! Thank you for a great holiday!

Yvonne, UK

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival into Newcastle or Penrith
Non Cycling Day

Getting to Newcastle or Penrith is easy. If you are planning to arrive by air, there is an international 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 (supplement payable), 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.

Please make sure that you let us know whether you prefer to arrive into Newcastle or Penrith at the time of booking.

Day 2
Whitehaven to Penrith
56 Miles / 90 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 1,500 Metres Approx.

After an early breakfast, you will be met by our Skedaddle representative at your accommodation in either Newcastle or Penrith and they’ll provide you with your rental bikes (if renting) and your map and chat you through how to use the Skedaddle App. They will then transfer you to Whitehaven to begin your journey.

Whitehaven Harbour marks the start of your ride and it’s only a few pedal strokes before you leave the somewhat industrial Cumbrian coast and reach some of the prettiest countryside in the UK. Initially following the Cumbrian Cycle Network, you will follow the route of a disused mineral railway to Kirkland. From here you follow quiet country lanes along an undulating route via Loweswater and Low Lorton to Whinlatter Pass. This is a good place for lunch and for those wishing to learn a little about the surrounding forest, the audio-visual presentation at the Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre is well worth a look.

From here an excellent descent takes us through Braithwaite and Portinscale on the banks on the River Derwent to Keswick. Keswick is in a picturesque setting between the dramatic peak of Skiddaw and the lovely Derwentwater. This is a bustling town, the main centre for this part of the Lake District.

Leaving Keswick you follow another railway line, this time alongside the River Greta. You quickly pass near the sacred Castlerigg Stone Circle, a Bronze Age meeting place, followed by Threlkeld. The views here are wonderful. 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. Next place of interest is Greystoke Castle on which the legend of Tarzan is based and shortly afterwards you will arrive at your accommodation in Penrith.

Day 3
Penrith to Stanhope
45 Miles / 72 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 1550 Metres Approx.

Today we encounter the hilliest and highest points on your trip. From Penrith you continue on to Edenhall and Langwathby. From here the route gets a little harder as you reach Hartside Pass (580 metres) where you can stop and enjoy the spectacular views before you set off again, descending into Alston, the highest market town in England. From here it’s a short, but tough climb up and over into the old lead mining village of Nenthead. Climbing again you reach the highest point on the route, Black Hill (609 metres).

After crossing Killhope top, you reach Allenheads. Not only boasting it’s 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 nick-nacks 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 contours of Stanhope Common on quiet lanes and continue along to Stanhope and your accommodation.

Day 4
Stanhope to Tynemouth
41 Miles / 66 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 650 Metres Approx.

This morning you will have the last big climb of the trip, Crawleyside before joining the Waskerley Way which is a traffic free trail that takes in the rugged, expansive scenery of the North Pennines, and contours thankfully, pre-dominantly downhill towards the once thriving steel town of Consett.

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 you cross the ‘blinking eye’ Millennium Bridge over the River Tyne into Newcastle. The Cycle Hub is situated on your right just after this and the perfect place for a well earned cuppa and a slice of delicious homemade cake. It’s dedicated to the cyclist and also the home of Saddle Skedaddle so why not come and say hello? Waving goodbye, you complete your final few miles of the coast to coast alongside the River Tyne to Tynemouth.

Congratulations – you’ve just Skedaddled the Coast to Coast!

We’ll meet you in Tynemouth and load your bikes up for the return trip to either Newcastle or Penrith.

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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, the ride can be completed on almost any type of bike. The first few miles leaving Whitehaven has some unavoidable hardpacked gravel sections along an old railway line. This section is suitable for road bikes when ridden with a little extra care. The majority of the route between Stanhope and Newcastle also has gravel surfaces, which can be ridden on a road bike with touring tyres fitted, however there is a tarmac alternative to the standard route if preferred. Most roadies tackling the route in 2 or 3 days prefer this option.

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Leisure Cycling Grade

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Grade 4 : Active

Distances generally between 30 – 50 miles per day / 48 – 80 kms per day

For those who cycle frequently

Will include some long and / or steep climbs

Includes varying terrain (some sections may see you cycling over uneven, unpaved or loose 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?

You ride quite frequently at home and perhaps enjoy cycling as one of your forms of exercise. Weekends will occasionally see you spending the day in the saddle exploring routes which take in some steep climbs. These tours may also see you riding over varying terrain and so it’s preferable if you have some experience of riding on uneven / unpaved ground. We’d generally expect those on a Grade 4 trip to be fit and healthy, and ready to take on an achievable challenge.

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Your organisation was second to none! Thank you so much for providing us with the experience and the opportunity to do something which I thought would be well out of my comfort zone.

Kevin, UK

Dates & Prices

Daily departures available from April to mid October. Choose your own dates from:

2022 $795 per person

2023 $805 per person

Just give us a call to check availability.

Alternatively for a great value holiday select one of our scheduled weekend departures below:

2022

Penrith Arrival only: 20 May, 08 Jul, 05 Aug and 09 Sep

Newcastle Arrival only: 10 Jun, 15 Jul, 19 Aug and 26 Aug

2023

Penrith Arrival only: 19 May, 07 Jul, 04 Aug and 08 Sep

Newcastle Arrival only: 09 Jun, 14 Jul, 18 Aug and 25 Aug

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Price p.p.
Start Date
19/08/2022 (Newcastle)
Return Date
22/08/2022
Duration
4 days
Price
$625.00
Start Date
26/08/2022 (Newcastle)
Return Date
29/08/2022
Duration
4 days
Price
$625.00
Start Date
09/09/2022 (Penrith)
Return Date
12/09/2022
Duration
4 days
Price
$625.00
Start Date
19/05/2023 (Penrith)
Return Date
22/05/2023
Duration
4 days
Price
$635.00
Start Date
09/06/2023 (Newcastle)
Return Date
12/06/2023
Duration
4 days
Price
$635.00
Start Date
07/07/2023 (Penrith)
Return Date
10/07/2023
Duration
4 days
Price
$635.00
Start Date
14/07/2023 (Newcastle)
Return Date
17/07/2023
Duration
4 days
Price
$635.00
Start Date
04/08/2023 (Penrith)
Return Date
07/08/2023
Duration
4 days
Price
$635.00
Start Date
18/08/2023 (Newcastle)
Return Date
21/08/2023
Duration
4 days
Price
$635.00
Start Date
25/08/2023 (Newcastle)
Return Date
28/08/2023
Duration
4 days
Price
$635.00

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Whats Included Tick

A) Accommodation (shared twin rooms)

B) Meals as per the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

C) Access to the Skedaddle App for holiday information and navigation

D) A printed map

E) GPX files available upon request

F) Luggage transfer service

G) Local Skedaddle representative

H) Emergency tool kit, pump etc. (if renting your bike from Skedaddle)

What's not Included Cross

A) Personal clothing and equipment

B) Travel insurance

C) Bar bills, telephone calls, souvenirs, etc.

D) Bike & helmet rental (available if required)

E) Travel or flight costs and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)

F) Single room option (may be available if required)

G) Entrance fees to cultural or historical sites and visitor centres

H) Other optional activities

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The Essentials

Travel Options

Your destination is either Newcastle or Penrith and there are a few travel options.

If travelling by train and Penrith is your destination, we would recommend that you arrive into Penrith station and depart from Newcastle, which will avoid long transfers. For Newcastle you need to arrive and depart from Newcastle Central. At the end of the trip we will meet you and transfer you to your car or Newcastle train station as appropriate. Please do not book any return trains prior to 18.00.

The closest airport to Penrith is Manchester, from where you can catch a direct train. Newcastle has an airport, although transatlantic options are limited and most routes will come via London.

Please contact us for more detailed information on the specific schedules that we recommend for your holiday and please check with us before booking your travel so that we can ensure it fits with the trip schedule.

Accommodation

In the UK we use good quality 3 or 4 star hotels, B&Bs, inns and family-run guesthouses that are cycle friendly, located close to the cycling route and showcase the style and hospitality of the area you are visiting.

Where possible we prioritise locally owned businesses and those offering locally sourced food, drink and speciality products. This all promotes sustainability in-line with our responsible travel policy.

All our UK trips are operated on a double/twin-share basis.

Single occupancy rooms can be provided for a supplement and are subject to availability at the time of booking.

Bike Hire

If you would like to rent a bike we have hybrid bikes available.

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. Both models of bikes come with either a standard cross bar or step through frame. Please let us know if you have a preference.

Helmets and panniers are provided with all our rental 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

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