Very close to the top of my bucket list is to complete the Coast to Coast, or Sea to Sea, bike ride. The C2C runs for nearly 140 miles across the northern edge of the Lake District from the scenic coast of northwest England through the Northern Lakes and over the Pennines before reaching its conclusion on the shores of the North Sea.
The C2C was developed by Sustrans and is part of the National Cycle Network (NCN) in partnership with various local authorities, Groundwork West Cumbria, North Pennines Tourism Partnership, Forest Enterprise and the Lake District National Park amongst others. The route was opened in 1994 running from Whitehaven on the west coast of Cumbria to the north-east coast at Sunderland.
The route I have chosen to do starts at Whitehaven in the east and finishes at Tynemouth in the east. I am doing the ride with CycleActive who have lots of good reviews so I am hoping all goes well.
The ride is over three days and self-guided. That is to say, we have to make our own way from each day’s start to finish point. CycleActive have booked all the accommodation and take our stuff from B&B to B&B each day and then take us back to where we started so we can pick up our cars. My ternary goes like this:
- Day 1: Travel to Penrith
- Day 2: The Lake District (50 Miles)
- Day 3: The Pennines (45 miles)
- Day 4: Descent to Newcastle (42 miles)
The ride goes through Keswick, Penrith and Alston before climbing onto the moorland of the North Pennines, known as the Roof of England (gulp), and then gently down to the coast.
From what I have read about it, there is quite a bit of climbing involved so I’ll need to get some hill rep training in pretty quickly!