- 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 mouthwatering breakfasts
- Flexibility to choose your own start date or one of our great value scheduled departure dates
- Suitable for adults and older children
We thoroughly enjoyed the whole holiday. The Skedaddle team seem to have everything covered! Thank you for a great holiday!
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, 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.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Ascent: 1,600m
After an early breakfast, you will be met by our Skedaddle representative at your accommodation in either Newcastle or Penrith who will provide you with your hire bikes (if hiring), an Information Pack including route notes, maps and additional information for your trip. 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 in Penrith.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Ascent: 1,700m
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. Depending on where you are staying this evening, you will have the last big climb of the trip to contend with either last thing today, or first thing tomorrow morning.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Ascent: 700m
This morning you will join 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.
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.
Leisure Cycling Grade
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.
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.
Dates & Prices
Choose your own dates from $620 per person, just give us a call to check availability. Alternatively for a great value holiday select one of our scheduled weekend departures below:
Penrith Arrival only: 21/05, 09/07, 06/08 and 10/09
Newcastle Arrival only: 11/06, 16/07, 20/08 and 27/08
A) Accommodation (shared twin rooms)
B) Meals as per the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
C) Skedaddle App to access holiday information and navigation
D) Detailed Skedaddle route notes and relevant maps
E) GPX files available upon request
F) Luggage transfer service
G) Skedaddle Local Representative
H) Emergency tool kit, pump etc. (if hiring your bike from Skedaddle)
What's not Included
A) Personal clothing and equipment
B) Travel insurance
C) Bar bills, telephone calls, souvenirs, etc.
D) Bike & helmet hire (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
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
Kevin, Lincolnshire, UKSecond to none!
Your organisation was second to none and everything went according to plan. All the route notes, maps and information was accurate. Your texts, prior to the ride and on the last day, were reassuring. I also want to sing the praises of our transfer driver, for both Friday and Sunday pick ups. What a good, professional driver he was. He arrived early for our Friday pick up and would have had our bikes attached to his roof rack had I not chained them up in the hotel’s bike store. He even had carbon protectors for our bikes on his roof rack. He gave us a clear and comprehensive briefing on the way over to Whitehaven. He made sure we were set for our ride. He was a very good ambassador for Skedaddle and really set the mood for our ride.
The accommodation we had were all very good. The welcome we had from all was appreciated. All our food was good, rooms clean and fully equipped and bike storage secure. There are no complaints. 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. Finally, a recommendation for the cafe at the Cycle Hub. A very welcome stop for lunch. Now that I have experienced a long distant ride, I may well do it again. If I do, I shall not hesitate to use your services again.
Jenny, Southampton, UKAmazing service...
The service we had from each staff member was amazing and everyone was so friendly and willing to answer our questions before and during our booking. The B&B hosts were superb, friendly and couldn’t fault them. The app was a great fountain of knowledge and easy to use as a navigation device or information on stops.
Day1 of C2C was the most wonderful scenery and route across the country (though I enjoyed all 3 of the days). I enjoyed the challenge of Hartside ascent, even on a windy and wet day!
Jeremy, London, UKReally good, helpful and informative...
Skedaddle were really friendly, helpful and informative in planning. Our driver was really helpful especially when dealing with bike issues such as changing pedals. He was really good, helpful and informative. Great accommodation. A couple in particular had great food and were very accommodating for our challenging dietary needs. 2nd day was amazing.
Yvonne, Surrey, UKEverything covered for a hassle free holiday!
We thoroughly enjoyed the whole holiday. Skedaddle team seem to have everything covered! The instruction sheets and maps were pretty spot on. Our driver was great! He was very informative, very helpful and very funny! Nothing was too much trouble for him. The whole bag transfer was brilliant, we didn’t worry about our luggage, it was always there, great service! Most definitely would recommend Skedaddle! A friend recommended you, thankfully! And I was not disappointed!! Thank you for a great holiday! You seem to have everything covered for a hassle free cycle. Well done keep up the good work. Hope to see you again on a future challenge.