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C2C Whitehaven to Sunderland

  • The iconic C2C route is 135 miles long and runs from Whitehaven on the west coast of Cumbria to Sunderland on the North East coast.
  • The route travels through the stuinning scenary of the Lake District, the dramatic North Pennines and the Durham Dales before heading to the coast

Route Details

Day One Whitehaven to Threlkeld  35 miles

The first day will start around 12noon depending on the travel arrangements.  We will ride through. the northern section of the Lake District National Park. The scenery is spectacular and you will see the impressive peaks - Skiddaw, Blecathra and the northern reaches of the Helvelyn range. You'll also cycle through lovely country villages before reaching the well known Lakes Town of Keswick. At Keswick we pick up a pleasant cycle track- trackbed of the old Cockermouth, Keswick and Penrith railway - through the beautiful tree-clad Greta Gorge. We reach our overnight stop at the welcoming Horse and Farrier INN at Threlkeld situated at the foot of the mighty Blencathra

Day Two Threlkeld to Nenthead 44miles

A hearty breakfast is recommended to fill those needy legs before we leave Threlkeld on the scenic gated road.We are then up hill and down dale as we head for Penrith via  Greystokes, (Tarzan Fame) .  Today you'll encounter your biggest challenge,  reaching the summit of Hartside will no doubt give you a huge sense of achievement.  The support van parked at Hartside café at the top of  the summit will be like a magnet as your legs work hard cycling up the hairpin bends to the top.  The homemade cakes and hot drinks from the support  van will be a just reward. The payback downhill will take us all the way to Alston where the last climb of the day will be up the cobble street . A final two miles will deliver us to our overnight stop at the welcoming Nenthead Hall Country Hotel.

Day Three Nenthead to Sunderland 56 miles

Another big breakfast launches you off once again this morning. Although this day ends at the coast, there are still a few hills to cross first! The climb out of Nenthead  towards Allenheads will wake up the cycle legs and then a further climb towards Rookhope before turning left and heading towards the infamous Crawley side climb.  The "cycle famous" Parkhead café then awaits and a well earned bowl of their famous broth before heading along the Waskerly way all down hill.  The route takes you through the outskirts of Consett before heading towards Sunderland and the North Sea. 

The moment you dip that front wheel in the North Sea you will feel a rush of achievement.  A glass of bubbly at the finish will crown your moment of glory. 

Well done you will have completed the C2C.



  Tour Details  
    Distance :135 miles  
  Duration: 3 days 27th-29th June 2014  
    Difficulty:Fairly Strenuous  
    Route Description: Minor Roads (quiet) 50%, Cycle paths and off road sections (easy to ride) 46%, small stretches of main roads 4%  

Price £295.00

    Included in the Price
  • Travel and bike transportation from Worksop to the start and return.
  • Hotel accommodation or high quality B&B- breakfasts included
  • Support vehicle
  • 2 Cycle guides front and rear
  • Cycle pack including maps and directions
  • Bike repairs if required and loan of spare bike if neccesary
  • All lunches, snacks and hot and cold drinks on route (homemade cakes, flapjack and fruit etc)
  • Services of two first aiders.

Not Included in The Price

  • Evening Meals