Coast to Coast

  • This classic Great British ride covers some of northern England’s most rugged and 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.

    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 and 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 and a few spare bikes and will be on hand to help with any mechanical problems that may occur en-route. Breakfasts and lunches are provided each day at a local pub or cafe.

    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 station is Penrith as we stay two nights in Penrith. At the end of the tour we will take you to Newcastle station (to arrive around 16.00) or you can be taken back to Penrith 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 and 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

    2017 Dates

    Thu 18th – Sun 21st May 2017 Places available

    Thu 13th – Sun 16th July 2017 Places available

    Thu 24th – Sun 27th August 2017 Places available

     

  • Day 1: Workington to Penrith (48 miles)
    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 small town of Penrith.

    Day 2: Penrith to Stanhope (44 miles)
    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. The town of 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 second nights stop in the Pennine village of Stanhope.

    Day 3: Stanhope to Tynemouth (40 miles)
    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.

  • What’s Included?

    The tour price includes 3 nights accommodation, 3 breakfasts, 3 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/coffee, water, biscuits, chocolate, dried fruit, nuts etc which you are welcome to have throughout the day.

    What’s Not Included?

    Evening meals, cycle hire, 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 3 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 each day at a local pub or 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 & touring bikes available for hire (£50 – £80 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 and 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.

  • Booking

    To book a tour please send a completed booking form and (a) Deposit of £250.00 per person for tours of 10 days or longer or £50.00 for all other tours or (b) The full holiday cost. If only the deposit is paid at time of booking then full payment of the holiday is required no less than 8 weeks before the start of your holiday. No further reminder is sent. If you book your holiday within 8 weeks of the holiday start date, the full holiday cost is required at time of booking.

    Cancellation by Us

    In the unlikely event that we have to cancel the tour you will be entitled to a full refund of all monies paid or we will move you to a different tour date if you’re able to do so. If the tour is cancelled because the minimum number of people required to operate this tour hasn’t been reached then you will be notified no less than 3 calendar months before the departure date. If the tour is cancelled by us we will not be responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred such as travel expenses, visas etc & no compensation will be paid to cover these expenses.

    Cancellation by You

    If you have to cancel your holiday then please notify us as soon as possible. We always try to be fair and will always try to move you to different tour date if possible. If you cancel your tour less than 8 weeks before your tour start date then you will lose all monies already paid. It is for this reason that we strongly recommend that you take out adequate travel insurance to cover cover this.

    Notice of Cancellation Charge (% of Full Price)

    Length of time before the tour is due to start Cancellation Charge
    More than 60 days before start date Deposit
    Less than 60 days before start date 100%

    Cooling Off Period

    If you decide to cancel your tour after receipt of your booking form you will be entitled to a 14 day cooling off period. During this time you will be entitled to a full refund of any monies paid.

    Accommodation

    B&B Option – double or twin

    If you chose the B&B only option you will stay in a mixture of B&B’s, hotels and country pubs. If you are travelling with a friend then you will be roomed together in a twin or or if you’re with your partner then you will be in a double room (or a twin if you prefer). If you are travelling alone then you will be roomed with another member of the group in a twin room (same sex). The actual stopovers may change from the advertised accommodation providers, if this happens then an equivalent standard of accommodation will be used nearby. The majority of the rooms you stay in will be en-suite however you may stay in a couple of rooms that are not en-suite.

    Single Room Option

    If you choose the single room option you will have your own room for the duration of the trip. This will be in either a single room or single occupancy of a double room in a mixture of en-suite and non en-suite rooms.

    Sole Use of a Double room Option

    If you choose this option you will have a guaranteed double room to yourself throughout the tour. You will always have an en-suite each night of your tour. There may be a rare occasion when you have a separate bathroom but this is very unlikely.

    YHA (Youth Hostel) Option

    This option is only available for the 14 day LEJOG tour. If you chose the YHA option you will stay in a mixture of hostels, hotels & B&B’s staying in single sex dormitory rooms, single rooms, twin rooms & triples.

    Support

    On tours with 8 people or less in the group then there may only be one tour guide with you who will drive the back up van each day. Tours with 8 – 15 people in the group will have two tour guides with one guide driving the back up van and the other guide cycling with the group or both guides driving a back up van each. Tours with 16+ will have a guide that cycles with the group plus two back up vans do provide support.

    Cycle Hire

    If you choose the cycle hire option you will be provided with your bike at the start of your tour. The bike comes with everything you need for your trip although some people like you use their own saddle, peddles and/or helmet (just let us know beforehand). At the end of your tour you can simply hand your bike back to us when you finish cycling. Please see the additional cycle hire sheet for details of the bikes we have available.

    Minimum Number

    If the minimum number of people required to run the trip is not met then we will have to cancel the trip. You will be notified at least 3 calendar months prior to the start date of the trip if the minimum number (usually 8 people) hasn’t been met & you will receive a full refund of all monies paid.

    Consumer Protection

    In order to comply with EU Travel Regulations 1992 your deposit & final payment will be held in a separate account until your holiday is completed. This is to ensure the financial security of your holiday.

    Insurance

    It is compulsory that you take out adequate holiday insurance including medical cover, personal accident, loss of belongings & cancellation cover. We cannot be held responsible for your own illness, injury or loss/damage of your bike or belongings while on holiday.

    EHIC – European Health Insurance Card (for EU nationals travelling in Europe)

    This card entitles you to greatly reduced or free state medical services throughout Europe, including Switzerland. We recommend you send off for one of these before the trip and carry it with you. It’s important to bear in mind that these cards are not a substitute for travel insurance and adequate travel insurance is compulsory for this tour. This link will give you all the information you need about the EHIC. www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad/EHIC

    Safety

    Cycling is a potentially dangerous activity & the risks involved should be considered before undertaking such a trip. We will be cycling mostly on quiet back roads however there will be times when we cycle on busier roads where traffic density is higher. All persons undertaking this tour do so at their own risk & Peak Tours cannot be held responsible for any accidents that may occur whilst on the trip. For further details please see our risk acknowledgement statement here which forms part of these conditions.

    Contract

    By signing your booking form you agree to the booking conditions as outlined above. Peak tours will carry out our obligations as detailed in the tour itinerary & any information supplied to you.

  • I can’t wait till next year and I will definitely be on a Peak Tours tour soon! Professional outfit and stunning routes! Look forward to Ireland!

    C2C 2015

    Had the time of my life and met some great people!

    C2C 2015

    Absolutely brilliant, Peak Tours are excellent at organising and carrying out events. The guides were amazing, very helpful and supportive, a lovely bunch of people.

    C2C 2015

    Peak Tours are very well organised and the C2C was a great experience.

    C2C October 2015

    The Brew stops are an excellent feature of your tours. The choice of drinks, biscuits and energy bars and fruit were marvelous and essential.

    C2C September 2015

    Tour organisation was excellent, could not fault it at all. All instructions were very clear and precise, we knew all the time what was happening and when which I like. The brew van was just great, all snacks provided were all excellent. They run a very slick procedure which worked brilliantly. Never once felt hungry. The special touch of the celebratory drink and receiving a certificate at the end of the tour was a very nice surprise and a fantastic end to a fantastic weekend. We both thoroughly enjoyed the whole of the tour, we will definitely be doing another one with Peak Tours.

    C2C May 2015

    Food and snacks provided by Peak Tours during rest periods on route were excellent and helped me complete the tour without a doubt. Fantastic team, great support with outstanding knowledge. Very friendly and made you feel comfortable and relaxed, keep up the good work.

    C2C May 2015

    Great group, size was just right, you could all go at your own speed and there was always someone to cycle with. We all got on very well, fab 3 days.

    C2C May 2015

    I have no suggestions on how it could be improved – it was perfect! Thank you and keep up the fantastic work! Would definitely do another tour and recommend you to all our friends!

    C2C May 2015

    I have no suggestions on how it could be improved – it was perfect! Thank you and keep up the fantastic work! Would definitely do another tour and recommend you to all our friends!

    Coast to coast May 2015

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

    Coast to Coast August 2014

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

    Coast to Coast August 2014

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

    Coast to Coast August 2014

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

    Coast to Coast 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.

    Coast to Coast 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.

    Coast to Coast 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.

    Coast to Coast July 2014

    Full marks all round. The route was excelllent. Without your support I would not have been able to do this challenge.

    Coast to Coast June 2014

    The morning pre ride briefings were good and back up was there if ever you needed it. Steve and Graham did an excellent job and were always encouraging when the going got tough. Excellent.

    Coast to Coast June 2014

    The tour proved to be everything I had hoped for. I was looking for a well organised challenge and that is exactly what I got. Thanks.

    Coast to Coast June 2014

    Didn’t want it to finish. Can’t wait to do something similar again.

    Coast to Coast June 2014

    It was very relaxing to have everything organised so that all we had to do was ride. Very difficult to see how the tour could be improved (unless you some control over the weather)!

    Coast to Coast June 2014

    The route was really interesting; the degree of difficulty was always changing, as was the scenery. I was quite impressed with the organisation and I had a great time – what more can I say.

    Coast to Coast June 2014

    I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for organising such an amazing event; it was one of the most memorable experiences I have ever had. The scenery was just breath-taking (so was the ride up Hartside Pass.....and most of the other hills!!) The accommodation, the food, the company and the weather were all great. Neil, Lee, Graham and yourself Steve have been just brilliant. You couldn't have been more helpful and it has been so much fun. There were several of us who were nervous about achieving the ride but you all helped us to believe we could do it and we did! It was such a wonderful moment when we all rode in together at the end. An unforgettable three days - Thank You.

    Coast to Coast October 2012

    Graham, Lee and Neil (in no particular order!) were all great. I thought they were extremely helpful, friendly and when asked specific questions very informative, nothing was too much trouble and they seemed to smooth out any ups and downs. I honestly believe that they made the trip more enjoyable as i felt confident and comfortable that i would reach the end.

    Coast to Coast October 2012

    It was great to be on quiet roads most of the time.

    Coast to Coast October 2012

    Wonderful route and i liked the fact it was flexible on the hard day.

    Coast to Coast October 2012

    I was nervous before starting as to wether i would be able to find the route, nothing to worry about, the signs were very good. The views were wonderful especially as you got near to the cafe at Hartside.

    The food was fantastic, so much and variety to choose from. Enough for all to be happy with

    The tour organisation was wonderful, everything ran so smoothly. From getting us all to the beginning in Workington to the tea stops. The morning briefs were informative, Neil, Lee and Graham all gave you the confidence to be able to complete the trip without any problem; any issue was sorted straight away and was not a problem. It was brilliant.

    The tour leaders were so helpful, approachable,knowledgable and supportive, they seem to really enjoy what they were doing, Graham was so enthusiastic for what he was doing. They just made the tour go smoothly.

    The tour was wonderful, i had been looking forward to this for six months, it more than lived up to my expectations, it was fantastic and the weather was just a bonus

    Coast to Coast October 2012

    As mentioned previously to Steve C the organisation is superb, the staff fun and kind, inspiring and reassuring.

    The tour leaders were there all the time and even purchased me an new bag when mine broke! Thank You Lee!!

    The tour was excellent and above!!

    Coast to Coast October 2012

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