Coast to Coast

This classic Great British ride covers some of northern England's most rugged & spectacular scenery. Join us on this 130 mile ride from the west coast to the east coast of England and enjoy one of the UK's most archetypal and memorable tours.

We will be following the West to East CTC route developed by Sustrans and the Lake District National Park authorities which uses National Cycle Network routes 71, 7 & 14.

Coast to Coast Cycling Holiday
Activity:
Cycling tour
Length:
3 days, 3 nights
Grade:
Hard
Accomodation:
B&B
Group/Guided:
Yes
Price:
£325

After dipping our wheels in the Irish Sea at Workington we will cross the northern edge of the Lake District to the Eden Valley. Back into the hills we cross the North Pennines before dropping down to the post-industrial landscape of the North East and dipping our wheels into the North Sea at Tyneside.

The route that we take avoids main roads and keeps to quiet country lanes and cycleways. A guide cycles with the group & your luggage is moved for you each day. You are provided with detailed route notes and maps so that you can cycle at your own pace or you can cycle with our guide who is always at the back of the group. The back up van will carry spares & a few spare bikes and will be on hand to help with any mechanical problems that may occur en-route. Breakfasts are provided each morning & 2 lunches are provided at a cafe en-route (lunch isn't included on the final day).

We aim to take the hassle of organising a tour away from you so that you can concentrate on enjoying yourself and completing the coast to coast challenge. Your bags are moved for you each day & you have the knowledge that if anything goes wrong with your bike we will be on hand to fix it for you or provide a spare bike if necessary. PLEASE NOTE THAT A ROAD BIKE IS NOT SUITABLE FOR THIS TOUR.

If you are taking the train the best staion is Penrith as we stay two nights in Greystoke. At the end of the tour we will take you to Newcastle station (to arrive around 15.45) or you can be taken back to Greystoke if you drove and left your car at the start (to arrive around 18.00). There is always a good camaraderie during the trip and we aim to facilitate a relaxed, friendly & memorable tour.

If you chose the return transfer option please add £50.00 to the total tour price.

Photo's from the July 2012 tour can be viewed at July C2C and pics of the October tour can be viewed at October 2012 C2C

Tour dates:

Thu 14th - Sun 17th May 2015 - Only 3 places left

Thu 9th - Sun 12th July 2015 - TOUR FULL

Thu 24th - Sun 27th September 2015 - Only 7 places left

Thu 8th - Sun 11th October 2015 - Places available

Leaving Workington On the way to Greystoke Before Hartside Caravan Boats at Workington Hartside Land of the Prince Bishops Green Fields Brew stop

What's Included?

The tour price includes 3 nights accommodation, 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, full trip support including a tour leader that cycles with the group, back up van with spare parts and a few spare bikes, detailed route notes and maps so that you can cycle at your own pace and luggage transfer each day. The back up van also carrys a range of snacks, fruit, tea/coffe, water, biscuits, chocolate, dried fruit, nuts etc which you are welcome to have throughout the day.

What's Not Included?

Evening meals, cycle hire (available for £50), transport to Workington, transport from Tynemouth. C2C Cycle shirt (available for £30).

Group Size

The group will be a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 25 people. We feel that this size of group works best as there will always be enough in the group for some good company but there won’t be so many people that it becomes overcrowded.

Accommodation

You will stay in a variety of places in a mixture of 2, 3 & 4 star B&B’s. All the places that we stay have been carefully selected on grounds of character, location, comfort and cleanliness. Hot showers will always be available so that you can get cleaned up and relax after a long day on the saddle.

Food

All of your breakfasts are included in the price of the trip. You will have a choice of full English, toast, cereals, fruit juices, tea, coffee etc. Lunches are also provided on the first and the last day at a local cafe. We will meet each evening at a local pub for an evening meal (not included in the price).

Back Up

An experienced tour leader will cycle with you each day and be on hand to help with any bike problems that may occur. You will have detailed route notes so that you can go slower or faster than the leader if you prefer or you can cycle behind the tour leader so that you don’t have to navigate at all.

A back up van will leap frog the group a number of times each day so that help is never far away. We carry a range of spare parts so that repairs can be made en-route and we will have a spare bike available in the event that your bike has a serious breakdown.

Bikes

We highly recommend that you use a bike that you are used to and feel comfortable riding. Your bike should be fully serviced and in good condition before you start, this will reduce the risk of mechanical problems and unnecessary stoppages along the way. A hybrid bike is preferable however the ride can be done on a mountain bike if you prefer. We have a range of hybrid bikes & mountain bikes available for hire (£50 per person) if you don’t have your own bike.

Fitness

This tour is suitable for someone with a reasonable level of fitness and who wants a challenge. If you do plenty of training beforehand you should have no problem completing the ride.

It must be stressed that a good amount of training before the ride will make your tour much more enjoyable and ensure that you finish your ride. We are always happy to advise you about training plans in preparation for the ride.

Clothing & equipment

Clothing for all weathers is recommended so waterproofs are essential. A full recommended kit list is provided & we are always happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Your baggage will be transferred for you each day and will be waiting for you at your accommodation when you arrive.

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The organisation was excellent, the route notes were very clear and the route itself was wonderful.

Matt Wadsworth, August 2014

All the accommodation was excellent.The guides were always fun and informative and very good motivators. Overall, excellent.

Heather & Nigel Widdows, August 2014

I was very impressed with the organisation of the tour. Thank you for a great experience.

Derek Quinn, August 2014

Overall, the tour was very well organised and run by professionals, thus ensuring a really good tour.

Chris Sullivan, August 2014

The pace of the ride was just right for me. The ride leaders were very approachable and encouraging. I would not hesitate to book with Peak Tours again.

Abigail, July 2014

I really can't say enough about the professionalism of your team and the organising of the ride. Peak Tours - thank you very much.

Harpal Sudle, July 2014

Some beautiful cycle tracks through woods and across moors - nice balance of open and shady. Lee, Niv and Neil were extremely hard working, willing and helpful.

Louise Williams, July 2014

I would certainly recommend Peak Tours to people who want to complete this challenge. All three guides were excellent and added to the ride in their different ways.

Pam Gretton, September 2014

Graham, Niv and Andy made the tour. They were very supportive and great company. Overall, the tour was excellent.

San Chima, September 2014

The tour guides were fantastic, gave support where required and quickly recognised that we were competent cyclists/navigators/mechanics and left us to it! They seemed to genuinely care that we were all happy and went out of their way to solve any problems.

Can't fault the organisation - very slick operation.

Stephen Jackson, September 2014

Absolutely fantastic.I've already recommended you to a number of friends and as soon as I have the time, I plan to do another trip with you!

Gilly Cooper

The organisation was absolutely bloody fantastic. Its obvious that a lot of effort has been put in to planning routes and sorting stops and accommodation.Really impressed - no wonder you get repeat business. Am seriously considering signing up for another tour when my bum recovers!

Victoria Barber, September 2014

Fantastic experience. Graham, Johnny and Bill were excellent. Nothing was too much trouble. Cannot speak highly enough of their efforts to make the tour enjoyable. Very impressed with the food- buying in local specialities as we travelled North was a nice touch.

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