Bike Tour Sea to Sea Across Northern England
Single / Double
Start any day February to November
A six centre self-guided bike ride Sea to Sea across Northern England. 6 nights' bed and breakfast in en-suite guesthouse accommodation, 5 days biking including bike hire with delivery to the start and pick-up at the end of the ride. Also included; transfer of luggage each day, emergency back-up, detailed notes, guide book and maps.
This is the ultimate bike tour C2C, Sea to Sea or Coast to Coast across England, offering a great diversity of scenery, history and culture. On arrival you will meet your support team, who move your luggage and provide a back up service if required. This 163 mile route is predominantly traffic-free biking, the average daily ride is a comfortable distance between 22 - 31 miles (35 - 50km). Riding through areas of outstanding natural beauty this is Britain's most popular long-distance bike trail from Coast to Coast. Enjoy the (relatively!) gentle start through the Lakes District before the challenging crossing of the Pennines Hills. Your efforts are then rewarded with a long downhill stretch to Newcastle and the finish at Tynemouth.
START: Whitehaven or Workington FINISH: Newcastle or Sunderland the North of England.
ARRIVAL DAY: At Whitehaven you will be fitting out with your bike. Your first night accommodation is close to the official start of the c2c route. The hire bikes will be delivered to the guesthouse and help given with any adjustments required. There are many places to eat in the town from fish and chip shops to traditional pubs and restaurants (meals not included in the tour price). Overnight Whitehaven, Cumbria.
DAY TWO: Whitehaven to Braithwaite approx. 27 miles (43km). A nice easy start to this route takes you along a disused railway line that is very flat, allowing you time to get used to the bikes. Then minor country roads lead into the beautiful Lake District National Park and the first big hill of the tour at Whinlatter Pass. Very steep in places you are rewarded with breathtaking views and there is a café at the top. From here it is all downhill into Braithwaite and your next overnight stop, with the choice of a pub or hotel for an evening meal (not included). Overnight Braithwaite, Cumbria.
DAY THREE: Braithwaite to Penrith. Distance approx 26 miles (42km). Today the ride is easy with no big hills, quiet country lanes take you passed the very popular tourist town of Keswick, well worth spending a bit of time here. Leaving Keswick is another disused railway line that is a real pleasure with the Lakeland fells all around you. A section of rolling countryside on miner roads and cycle tracks take you through picturesque villages like Threlkeld and Greystoke before reaching your destination for today Penrith. A large market town Penrith has plenty of shops and cafes, plus pubs and restaurants that will provide your meal tonight (not included). Overnight Penrith, Cumbria.
DAY FOUR: Penrith to Nenthead. Distance approx 27 miles (43km). A short climb along a minor road takes you out of Penrith back into the beautiful Eden Vale countryside. Easy going for the first part, this section passes through rolling farmland and the pretty village of Langwathby before reaching the foothills of the Pennine Hills. Ahead is the second big hill known as Hartside, a long steady climb (steep in places) it has 3 things going for it, the view, another café at the top and 4 miles downhill on the other side. A bit more effort is required to reach your next overnight stay in the village of Nenthead, meals can be ordered from the Inn (not included). Overnight Nenthead, Cumbria.
DAY FIVE: Nenthead to Waskerley. Distance approx. 25 miles (40km). Starting with a climb to the highest point of the tour, this is the most challenging section (but on the right day a never forgotten bike ride) passing through the town of Allenheads before some very remote wild valleys. The last climb of the route takes you to the beginning of a cycle track called the “The Waskerley Way”. This exhilarating ride across the moors takes you to a remote farm complex converted into a guesthouse. This is your accommodation for tonight, meals can be ordered at the guesthouse (not included). Overnight Waskerley, Co. Durham.
DAY SIX: Waskerley to Tynemouth. Distance approx. 31 miles (49km). It’s all downhill or flat from here! A very pleasant traffic-free ride (known as the Derwent Valley cycle route) takes you into Newcastle where it joins a cycleway along the river Tyne. The final section along the Quayside follows the river giving great views of all the famous bridges that span the Tyne (including the Tyne Bridge and the Blinking Eye). From here you have choice to continue on to Tynemouth and the North Sea or finish in Newcastle. Renowned as one of Europe’s premier night spots you can enjoy a great night out in the city centre (not included). Overnight, Newcastle Tyne & Wear.
FINAL DAY: Departure. You can be returned to Whitehaven by train or continue your journey from Newcastle central mainline station.( not included in tour price).
TYPE OF HYBRID BIKE WE USE ON THIS TOUR: Please ask for details.
RAIL TRAVEL from LONDON to WHITEHAVEN: There is a frequent rail service from London Euston to Whitehaven (change Carlisle).
RAIL TRAVEL from NEWCASTLE to LONDON: There is a frequent rail service from Newcastle upon Tyne to London Kings Cross.
ARRIVING and DEPARTING by EUROLINES or NATIONAL EXPRESS COACH: This is by far the cheapest option for long-distance travel in England, Scotland, and Wales. There are very convenient buses from each major airport. National Express carries over 16 million passengers to 1000 different places in the UK every year, and thousands more from destinations across Europe and Ireland. You can purchase an e-Ticket where you print your travel ticket online in a matter of minutes OR you can obtain an m-Ticket and have your travel ticket sent to your mobile phone - no paper ticket required. You then present this to the driver on arrival.
ARRIVING BY CAR: Please ask for details.
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GRADE C biking: Between 25 - 31 miles (40 - 50kms) a day. We recommend that clients bring their own bicycle and equipment. We can arrange for the hire of this, if required. The cost would be about £70. You will start cycling about 10am and finish at approx. 4pm. These grades are for guidance only and will depend on weather conditions and your fitness.