Coast to Coast Itinerary
The first day is your arrival day and cycling begins the following morning. Details of your accommodation will be provided & we will meet for an evening meal if you are able to attend. Cycling begins at 9.00 the following morning to allow a nice pace for the first days ride to Penrith.
Thu 16th - Sun 19th June 2016 - Places available
Thu 28th - Sun 31st July 2016 - Places available
Thu 25th - Sun 28th August 2016 - Places available
Thu 22nd - Sun 25th September 2016 - Places available
Workington - Penrith
After dipping our wheels in the Irish Sea at Workington we will cycle through Cockermouth and ascend onto the gorgeous fells to the south of Bassenthwaite Lake before a steep and tricky descent through Wythop Woods and onto Portinscale where we will stop for lunch. The afternoon sees us cycle through Keswick & along a former railway track through fantastic Lake District scenery to the charming town of Penrith.
Penrith - Stanhope
After a good nights rest in Penrith we will be cycling by soaring Lake District Fells such as Saddleback, Clough Head and Great Mell combined with traffic free and quiet lanes make this section of the CTC truly memorable. A climb away from Penrith marks the start of a tough section; a climb to Langwathby and then a further climb onto Hartside Height at nearly 600 metres. The terrain becomes a little easier as we descend to our final nights stop in the Pennine village of Stanhope.
Stanhope - Tynemouth
After a challenging climb in the morning it is all downhill (don't quote me) to Tynemouth. A welcome brew at the Parkhead Café and then a brilliant, long, traffic free descent at the side of the River Derwent into the suburbs of Newcastle. Sustrans and the city planners have done a fine job in Newcastle and we are able to stay ‘traffic free’ as we cycle through one of the UK’s most vibrant cities. The final stretch of the route is city cycling at its finest, we will be following the River Tyne and passing the iconic Tyne Bridge and the Baltic Gallery before reaching the castle in Tynemouth, where once again we will dip our wheel, this time in the North Sea.