Coast to Coast (3 Day)
This classic Great British ride covers some of northern England’s most rugged and spectacular scenery. Join us on our Coast to Coast ride as we cycle 130 miles 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 C2C 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 choose the return transfer option please add £50.00 to the total tour price.
2019 Tour Dates:
Thu 2nd – Sun 5th May 2019– Places Available
Thu 3rd – Sun 6th October 2019– Places Available
2020 Tour Dates:
Thu 21st – Sun 24th May 2020– Places Available
Thu 25th – Sun 28th June 2020– Places Available
Thu 1st – Sun 4th October 2020– Places Available
2019 Tour Dates:
Thu 2nd – Sun 5th May 2019– Places Available
Thu 3rd – Sun 6th October 2019– Places Available
2020 Tour Dates:
Thu 21st – Sun 24th May 2020– Places Available
Thu 25th – Sun 28th June 2020– Places Available
Thu 1st – Sun 4th October 2020– Places Available
Arrival Day – Thursday:
We will all arrive in Penrith for a group meal and welcome brief at 7:30pm, ready for the start tomorrow morning.
Day 1 – Friday: Workington to Penrith (48 miles) Elevation 3777ft / 1151m
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 – Saturday: Penrith to Stanhope (44 miles) Elevation 5246ft / 1598m
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 – Sunday: Stanhope to Tynemouth (40 miles) Elevation: 1809ft / 551m
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 wheels, this time in the North Sea.
We will then transport you and your bike to either Newcastle train station for around 4pm or, if you have booked it, back to Penrith for around 6pm.
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 Penrith, transport from Tynemouth. C2C Cycle shirt (available for £30).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
What happens when I arrive?
If you would like collecting from Penrith, we will meet you at the station and take you, your luggage and your bike to the hotel where we will spend our first night. Just let us know when you want picking up and we will meet you then. We will have a group meal at 19:30 on the Thursday night so if you are arriving much earlier you have the time free to yourself.
How do I get to Penrith?
You can get to Penrith by car, bus and train (or you could cycle). We can pick you up at Penrith when you arrive and transport you and your bike to our first nights accommodation. If you could let us know when you will be arriving and we will make arrangements to collect you if required.
To get to Penrith:
By Car If you are using a hire car there are a couple of car hire companies who have a depot at Penrith. Just let us know when you want picking up and we can collect you once you have dropped off the car.
By Train There are frequent trains into Penrith as it is on the West Coast Mainline. For train timetables tel: 08457 48 49 50 or book online at www.nationalrail.co.uk
What happens at the end?
On the final day we finish cycling on Sunday around 15:00. We have a final lunch just before the end where we re-group and all cycle to the finish point together and after dipping our wheel in the sea and have our photo’s taken, the coach will meet us on the priory car park above the beach at Tynemouth. The coach will then do a transfer to drop people off at Newcastle if needed and then it will take people back to Penrith. The transfer to Newcastle is included in the tour price but the transfer option back to Penrith is an extra £50.00
What mechanical knowledge do I need?
We don’t expect you to be an expert bike mechanic but there are a few simple skills that will be a great benefit to you. The most important skill you need to know is how to fix a puncture. It is quite likely that at some point you will have a puncture or two so it is essential that you carry a puncture repair kit & a spare tube or two with you. It is also helpful if you know how to change your brake pads and adjust your brakes & gears however this isn’t essential. Our guides will help you with any repairs & adjustments en-route.
What are the lunches like?
We arrange a buffet lunch at a pub or café each day. This will be a mixture of sandwiches, pasta salads, soup, quiche, salads etc and will be different at each place. There will always be enough to go round so don’t worry if you are at the back of the group. The lunch stops provide a good opportunity to re-group & catch up with others and compare notes.
Will I be left behind?
No, a tour leader cycles at the back of the group so that you won’t be left behind if you are worried about cycling too slowly. Throughout the group there will be a mix of abilities and cycling speeds so you will usually be able to cycle with others that cycle at a similar pace. Some people like to cycle fast whilst others prefer to take their time, stop for coffee and cake or stop to take photos etc so whether you are a ‘speed demon’ or more of a ‘tourer’ there will usually be someone to cycle with each day.
Do I need to be super fit?
No, you don’t need to be super fit but a good level of fitness is important as the Scottish End to End is a challenging ride. The fitter you are & the more training that you do beforehand will add to the enjoyment of your tour and improve your chances of succeeding the challenge. If you need any advice about fitness please contact us and we will be happy to discuss any questions & concerns that you may have.
What are the groups like?
Obviously each group is different but generally they are a fun, friendly, helpful and adventurous bunch. There will be people of all ages and from all walks of life. We tend to get quite a few older riders although there will always be a few younger riders as well. So far our youngest rider was 15 and the eldest 82. We think that a group of 15-25 is ideal as there will be plenty of people with similar interests and character without being such a big group that it becomes too much.
Generally the group will be split 50/50 between people travelling alone and people that travel as a pair such as two brothers, two friends, two partners. There will be plenty of people to socialise with throughout the day and in the evening.
How do I get my bike home at the end of the trip?
If you are travelling home by car from Penrith then the return coach from Tynemouth has a bike trailer to fit all the bikes in. If you are travelling home from Newcastle train station then the coach will take you and your bike there where you can then take it on your train journey home. If you live near Peak Tours HQ in Glossop, Derbyshire then we can always bring the bike back here and you can pick it up from us free of charge. Alternatively we can always bring it back to Peak Tours HQ and post it back to you for which there is a £70 charge.
What happens in the evenings?
Once you have arrived at your accommodation you should have chance for some time to relax, have a shower etc before the evening meal. We usually arrange somewhere to eat for the evening meal so that we can all get together and you won’t be left alone if you would like to eat with others. Quite often we will simply arrange a certain pub to meet up and just drift in when you are ready whilst at other places we have a set time to eat – it just depends on the location.
Does the support vehicle follow the group?
No, the back up van doesn’t drive behind the group at all times but the van shouldn’t be too far away if you require assistance. In the morning we have a group brief and set off cycling, meanwhile the backup driver will collect all the luggage from the various B&B’s and hostels. Once all of the luggage has been loaded, the support vehicle will leapfrog the group stopping when necessary. The backup driver will be at the lunch stop should you need anything from the van & in the afternoon will go on ahead to ensure that your luggage is in place before you arrive.
How much luggage can I take?
There is limited space in the back up van to store luggage. We therefore request that you try to keep your luggage size to a minimum & try not to bring too much with you. Washing clothes can be done en-route so you shouldn’t need to bring a clean set of clothes for every day. The ideal size for luggage is 70 x 50 x 30 cm and a weight of 15-18kg (or less).
What training should I do?
The more the better. We will provide a training guide for you so that you can build up your cycling strength and prepare for the ride in the correct way. It is important that you cycle two long days back to back whilst training & also that you cycle on some hills. We hold training weekends at the start of the season so that you can meet with others in the group, ask any questions you may have & also test yourselves amongst the hills of the Peak District.
What bike should I use?
The most suitable bike for this trip is a hybrid or touring bike. The route is not suitable for a road bike due to some rough sections through woodland.
Please ensure that your bike is fully serviced and in good working order before the start of the trip.
If you are riding a mountain bike then it is advisable to use slick tyres. Tyre inflation & rubber composition is important and a tyre width of 28mm or more is recommended for this tour. Please ensure that you have hard wearing tyres with plenty of tread.
You are going to cycle over 130 miles so it is important that your bike won’t let you down. You may want to fit new brake blocks, tyres & inner tubes before you start the ride and also bring a spare inner tubes, pump, puncture repair kit and multi-tool to carry with you each day. It is essential that you are able to fix a puncture.
It is also advisable to have front and rear lights on your bikes and try to be a visible as possible.
Can I hire a bike from you?
It is advisable to use your own bike if possible however we realise that it is not always possible to use your own steed so you may wish to hire one. We have three types of hybrid/touring bikes bike available. Details of these bikes can be found by clicking on the ‘Tour Extras’ tab.
All of our hire bikes come fitted with a cycle computer, water bottle cage, bell, map holder, rear rack and mudguards and front and rear lights. We can also provide a pannier with a multi-tool, pump, puncture repair kit, spare tube and tyre levers at no extra cost. All bikes can have flat pedals or SPD’s but if you would prefer to use your own (and maybe your own saddle) then please bring these along with you. We can also provide a helmet for you at no extra cost.
What gear should I take?
We provide a suggested kit list so please contact us if you would like a copy sending to you.
What is the male / female ratio?
This varies with each group. There are usually more guys than gals but an average would be about 1/3rd ladies & 2/3rds gents.
To book a tour please send a completed booking form and (a) Deposit of £250.00 per person for tours of 7 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. 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 two 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 and 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 a different tour date if possible. Usually if we are able to fill your place we will return your deposit to you however if your cancellation is close to the tour start date then we may need to keep your deposit and also full tour payment to cover potential losses we will incur.
Notice of Cancellation Charge (% of Full Price)
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.
Peak Tours reserves the right to increase the price of a tour anytime up until 28 days prior to a tour start date, even if all monies for the tour have already been paid. This maybe due to changes in exchanges rates or for any other reason. If this happens then you will be given the option of cancelling your tour and receiving a full refund if you are not happy with this increase. Peak Tours will not be liable to any additional expenses incurred such as flights. Changes in exchange rates and government-decreed price increases (e.g. in the VAT rate) may mean that the price of your package may change after you have booked. However, there will be no change within 28 days of departure. Where the price increase amounts to more than 10% of the offered and confirmed price for the travel arrangement, you have the right to withdraw from the contract free of charge within 5 days following receipt of notification. Payments made by you to us will be reimbursed immediately.
B&B Option – double or twin/triple
If you choose 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 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 or triple 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 an exceptionally rare occasion when you have a separate bathroom but this is very unlikely. Occasionally you may have a twin room to yourself if a double room isn’t available but again, this is rare.
YHA (Youth Hostel) Option
This option is only available for the fourteen day LEJOG tour. If you choose the YHA option you will stay in a mixture of hostels, hotels & B&B’s staying in dormitory rooms, single rooms, twin rooms & triples.
No refund will be given for any unused accommodation, services or feature of the trip if you need to leave the tour early for whatever reason.
On tours with eight 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 9 - 15 people in the group will have two tour guides with one guide driving the back-up van and the other guide cycling at the back of the group or both guides driving a backup van each. Tours with 16+ will have a guide that cycles with the group plus two back up vans to provide support.
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 to 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.
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 two calendar months prior to the start date of the trip if the minimum number (usually eight people) hasn’t been met and you will receive a full refund of all monies paid.
In order to comply with EU Travel Regulations 1992 your deposit and final payment will be held in a separate account until your holiday is completed. This is to ensure the financial security of your holiday.
It is compulsory that you take out adequate holiday insurance including medical cover, personal accident, loss of belongings and 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.
You should Satisfy yourself before booking that you have researched your destination and made an informed decision to travel, and taken any necessary precautions. You can obtain travel advise from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (http://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/foreign-commonweath-office).
Please note that Brexit may change the validity of this arrangement and at time of writing things are still in flux. Please check the current situation before you travel.
It is important that your bike is insured for the duration of your tour. This insurance should include and loss or damage to your bike that may occur during your tour an any subsequent days in transit.
Peak Tours cannot be held responsible for the loss of your bike if it is stolen during the tour. This includes if the bike was stolen from one of the accommodation providers, lunch stops or if your bike is being transported in one of our vans. It is important to be aware that we don’t have any insurance for your bike, even if your bike is in our care, either in one of our vans or at any of our premises.
Whilst we take great care to ensure that your bikes are always safe. We have been very fortunate and have never had a bike stolen whilst in our care, but it always remains a possibility. For this reason, you need to ensure that your bike is fully insured from the moment you start your tour or from the moment that you hand your bike to us, if this is earlier than your tour start date.
Cycling is a potentially dangerous activity and 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 and Peak Tours cannot be held responsible for any accidents that may occur whilst on the trip.
Peak Tours reserve the right to abandon the day’s ride, at any point, should they feel that there are any factors compromising the safety of the group i.e. severe weather conditions. In the case of abandoning a ride, transport will be provided by Peak Tours to take all the riders to their accommodation.
Once the decision has been taken to cancel the day’s riding, and everyone is safely accounted for, any further guide support for riders wanting to continue with the ride will be withdrawn and, if you decide to continue with your ride, then you do so completely at your own risk. The decision of the Tour leader representing Peak Tours in final.
You are required to follow any safety advice provided to you including wearing a cycle helmet when cycling.
There is no official time limit set by Peak Tours for a rider to complete each days ride, however if a rider is consistently arriving at their accommodation at the end of each day with insufficient time to change and have an evening meal then the guides may intervene and offer options to allow the rider to finish at a reasonable time such as earlier starts from the rest of the group of riding in the van for sections of the ride.
In the most extreme cases where, due to a lack of fitness or any other circumstances, a rider is unable to keep suitable pace and complete the days ride in a reasonable time and other alternatives have been explored, Peak Tours reserve the right to remove you from the tour. No refunds or compensation will be given in these circumstances.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you are sufficiently fit and healthy to complete your chosen holiday. We reserve the right to request a doctor’s certificate proving you are medically fit to participate in your chosen holiday. If you are affected by any condition, medical or otherwise, that might affect your or other people’s enjoyment of the holiday, you must advise us before booking. If you do not do so, we may cancel your holiday at any time.
We welcome people with restricted mobility, medical or particular care requirements or a disability, and aim to ensure that our services are as accessible as reasonably possible to all. However, in order that we may consider the possibility of making reasonable adjustments, it is important that we are fully informed of any needs or requirements before any booking is concluded. It has to be considered that a tour group may have up to 25 people and the tour guides have a responsibility to all members of the group. If it is deemed that it wouldn’t be possible to accept someone with a particular disability or care requirements even after considering any reasonable adjustments that we would need to make then we reserve the right to decline a booking as we need to consider the safety of the group as a whole and our tour guides have a responsibility to the whole group. Also, if during a tour it becomes apparent that someone is unsuitable for a tour then the tour leader reserves the right to remove the person from the tour and Peak Tours will not be liable for any expenses incurred as a result.
We consider offensive, aggressive or illegal behaviour to be completely unacceptable. Any such behaviour directed at either our staff, other members of the group or the general public will not be tolerated. The guides reserve the right to ask you to leave the tour with immediate effect, if your conduct is considered by us to be inappropriate, likely to cause harm, or impair the enjoyment, comfort or safety of your neighbours, other members of your group, staff and/or the general public, or is likely, in our belief, to breach any terms of our agreement with you (including these conditions). No refunds or compensation will be given in these circumstances and we reserve the right not to accept any future bookings from you or any member of your party.
There is a natural need to be flexible in a holiday of this kind. The day to day agenda and ultimate aim of the holiday is taken as an objective and not as a contractual obligation. It is a fundamental condition of booking that you accept this flexibility, and acknowledge that delays and alterations and their subsequent results, such as inconvenience, discomfort, or disappointment, are possible.
If there is a significant change to essential terms of your holiday after booking, but before your departure date, we will notify you of these changes as soon as possible. If you are not satisfied with these changes, we will work with you to find a practical alternative. If you are not satisfied with the alternatives, then you will be entitled to cancel your booking without penalty and any money paid for services provided by the Company will be refunded. No refund will be offered for services not booked with the Company e.g. travel costs, flights, train fares etc.
Travel arrangements to the start point and from the finish point are your responsibility. Our responsibility does not commence until the appointed time at the designated meeting point. If you fail to arrive there at the appointed time for whatever reason, we will not be held responsible for any additional expenses incurred by you.
Any complaints regarding your trip should be made direct to your tour leader who will normally take appropriate action. If at the end of your tour, you feel that your complaint was not dealt with properly and you were not satisfied with the response, you must notify us in writing or via email within 28 days of the actual completion date of your tour. We will try to agree a settlement with you.
By completing 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 and any information supplied to you.
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