Eco Cycle Adventures is based in the heart of stunning Northumberland approximately half way along this beautiful but sometimes challenging route and with 10 years of experience in bicycle holidays, we are ideally placed to help you enjoy a trip along this unique route.
- Cycling from coast to coast through dramatic and varied landscapes.
- Riding through the stunning Lake District scenery and the bustling towns of Keswick and Penrith.
- Enjoying the view and a well-earned rest at the top of Hartside Pass.
- Experiencing the wild, unspoilt and remote Northern Pennines.
- Conquering the challenging hills and reaping the rewards of the exhilarating descents.
Why choose this route?
The most popular long-distance cycling route in the UK, the Sea to Sea (C2C) takes you across the breadth of Britain from the Irish Sea in the West to the North Sea in the East. It’s on most cyclist’s bucket list and provides challenge and reward in equal measure.
The route travels through stunning scenery from the dramatic mountains of the Lake District, through the wild and unspoilt moorlands of the remote North Pennines, along the serene Waskerley Way to the riverside path of the Tyne.
A decent level of fitness is needed to conquer the more challenging parts of the route which include the long and winding ascent up Hartside Pass, and the rollercoaster section through the North Pennines. For keen cyclists the route provides plenty of opportunity to be king or queen of the mountains!
There are numerous interesting places to visit and stay on the route so there’s always the option to cycle at a more leisurely pace over 4 or 5 days which will give you a chance to take in the sights and make the more strenuous sections more manageable.
Why choose EcoCycle Adventures?
- Based on the fringe of the North Pennines AONB and close to the midpoint of the route we have the benefit of local knowledge and can provide you with tailored information to help you make the most of your trip.
- Our range of vehicles includes: 4 and 6 seat cars, 8 seat people carriers, 16 seat minibuses and 22 seat mini-coach, plus a range of specialised cycle trailers so we can cater for all group sizes big and small.
- Our experienced and knowledgeable drivers are able to make sure that you and your precious cargo are transported safely
- Our proximity to the route means we can reach you within a maximum of 2 hours should you need help.
- We have phone support from 7am to 10pm daily so we are available when you need us.
- We have many years’ experience of servicing this route with groups of 2 – 16 people with cycles and baggage, however, we have the capacity to transport larger groups of up to 70+.
3 Day Cycling Itinerary
Day 1 Non-Cycling Day We will transfer you the afternoon or evening before from Tynemouth, Newcastle or Carlisle to your accommodation in Whitehaven.
Day 2 Whitehaven to Penrith 36 miles/ 58km
The C2C starts in the old seaport of Whitehaven with the obligatory dipping of your back tyre in the water and a fresh-faced photo opportunity alongside the C2C marker. Bidding farewell to the west coast you’ll head towards the quiet country lanes, dry stone walls, slate buildings and dramatic scenery of the Lake District. Whinlatter Pass, the first notable climb of the route, takes you to this mountain forest’s visitor centre and rewarding café at the top. The rewarding descent is the beginning of some gentler riding before you reach the market town of Keswick where an abundance of refreshment choices make it ideal for lunch. Castlerigg Stone Circle and Greystoke Castle are found to the east of Keswick and are both worth a visit before finishing your cycling for the day in Penrith.
Day 3 Penrith to Weardale 40-44 miles/64-71 km
With the Lake District behind, you’ll head to Langwathby in the beautiful Eden Valley towards the North Pennines. The most mountainous part of the route awaits with the most well-known Hartside Pass the first of the day. The views at the top of the 580 metre climb reward the legwork before the pleasurable descent into Garrigil. The next section takes you onwards and upwards over the steep hill to Nenthead and then onto Black Hill, the highest point on the route at 609 metres and the border between Cumbria and Northumberland before the final hill of the day from Allenheads to Rookhope. There are many rewarding downhills and stunning scenery throughout this rollercoaster section of the route, but as you reach your destination you can enjoy a well-deserved rest knowing that you’ve made it through the toughest day of your C2C.
Day 4 Weardale to Tynemouth 38-42 miles/61-67 km
The aptly named Crawleyside, the tough climb out of Stanhope is the final test for the legs and the end of the hilly terrain of the North Pennines. Soon after the Waskerley Way, an old railway path, begins an enjoyable and scenic ride downhill towards the riverside path along the river Tyne. As the countryside ends you start to follow the river into the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne and along the renowned Quayside with views of the seven bridges, historical buildings and a great place for lunch with a plethora cafés, bars and restaurants. The final section of the route continues twelve miles east along the river towards the North Sea and your final destination, Tynemouth, a charming village with the dramatic priory, fantastic headland views out to sea and some great fish and chips!
- Transfer from Tynemouth or Newcastle Central Station to Whitehaven harbour to start your trip. Other pick up locations available on request.
- All baggage transfers between accommodation
- Cycle friendly B&B accommodation
- Route Maps and GPX file
- List of bike shops and great places to visit en-route
- Phone support available from 7am to 10pm daily
- Emergency support – to help you in your moment of need
- Bike hire – electric or pure pedal power available
- Bunkhouse or luxury accommodation available on request
- Extra days – if you want more time to take in the sites along the way you can extend your trip to up to 5 night’s.
- Transfer from Tynemouth to Newcastle at the end
- Transfers to other drop off or pick up locations
Available from March to October
3 days cycling and 4 nights accommodation available from £310 per person
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