Sea to Sea (C2C) Cycle Route - 5 Days & 4 Nights5 Days & 4 Nights 4.7 Read 31 reviews
- Journey across England by bike from the Irish Sea to the North Sea
- Cycle the Lake District past the stunning Helvellyn mountain range
- Discover the prehistoric Castlerigg Stone Circle
- Climb the challenging 580m Hartside Pass
- Visit Greystoke Castle, home of Lord Greystoke, inspiration for the Legend of Tarzan
What To Expect
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As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveller this holiday would be suitable for is: 16 Years
Grade & Terrain
This tour is rated moderate to strenuous because it is such a challenging route. We have a two different route options so that you can spread the distance out over more cycling day, making it a little easier, but the daily ascents still keep this longer itinerary at the same grade. The steepest climbs and highest point are in the Pennines. However, if you pace yourself well, have very good physical fitness and are used to cycling between 30-50 miles a day on rolling terrain you will be able to do it.
The terrain covered includes short sections on main roads (mainly entering and exiting towns - approx. 5% of the route), about 50% on quiet country roads and 45% on traffic-free routes. The surface specifics are as follows: 83.8% asphalt, 14.3% "unsealed firm" tracks/cycle paths, and 1.8% "unsealed loose" tracks/cycle paths.
The C2C cycling trail is a National Cycle Network Route and well-signposted. You will be provided with a comprehensive guidebook and detailed map.
We specifically choose the hotels, inns, guesthouses and B&B’s to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay. All offer a warm welcome to cyclists, traditional hospitality and delicious local food.
Single Rooms & Solo Travellers
This cycling holiday is bookable by solo travellers, and if you are travelling as a group but would prefer your own room we can also arrange single rooms. Single rooms are available, subject to availability and with a supplement payable. Please note that singles may not be of the same size as twins/doubles.
A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Most of your accommodations will more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby pubs.
- Overnight in hand-picked B&B's, guesthouses and small hotels
- Transfer from Newcastle to Whitehaven and from Tynemouth back to Newcastle
- Baggage transfer
- Information pack
- Detailed route notes with maps
- 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our office
- Travel to / from Newcastle
- Bike hire
- Lunches, dinners, snacks & drinks
- Personal equipment
- Travel insurance (required)
- Additional nights along the route
- Bike hire
When To Go
The C2C is available from April through to September. Any time between these months is good to take this tour. Spring is beautiful and September will be less busy than July and August. Wet or wintry conditions could be experienced near the start or end of the season, including fog. Wet weather has in the past flooded some parts of the path, though customers have been given alternative routes where this has happened.
You can start on any date that suits your travel plans and you will find up to date availability on our website. The Sea to Sea (C2C) cycle is very popular so it is best to book as far in advance as you are able to.
Getting to the Start
The C2C Cycling route begins in Newcastle and finishes in Tynemouth. From Tynemouth an included transfer will bring you back to Newcastle (approx 30min journey). Newcastle is a major transport hub in the Northeast of England and has excellent rail, road and air links from both Scotland and the South of England. You can plan your travel by checking Traveline.
If you are planning to drive to Newcastle, you will be able to leave your car at your accommodation. If you are doing this please let us know so we can check if there is enough space for you.
Getting from the End
Newcastle is a major transport hub in the Northeast of England and has excellent rail, road and air links from both Scotland and the South of England. You can plan your travel by checking Traveline.
Baggage TransferYour bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 15kg per person.
The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard cycling gear such as a warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer.
Bike hire is available as an optional extra. Good-quality hybrid bikes are available, the bike will be a Giant Roam or a similar model. Full details about the bike will be in your information pack. All rentals include a helmet, lock, rear panniers, rear luggage rack, water bottle holder, a pump, 2 spare inner tubes, puncture repair kit.
Please note that if you do want to rent a bike you need to provide us with your height so that we can make sure that the bike is going to be a good fit.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the Sea to Sea Cycle Route is extremely popular especially over April/May and July/August. You will find up to date availability on our website and we will always try and accommodate your plans.
We offer three itineraries so you can choose your preferred daily distance so hopefully, you will find an itinerary that suits your preferred level of activity. If you currently don’t enjoy an active lifestyle we suggest regular cycling in hilly terrain supplemented by cardiovascular exercise for at least 6 months prior to your cycle. A good gym or personal trainer will be able to draw up a personalised training programme.
Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 15kg per person.
You will need a bike in good condition, we would recommend a hybrid or a mountain bike with semi-slick tires. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard cycling gear such as helmet, cycling clothes warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.
Traditionally April/May has always been the most popular time of year because the theory goes that the weather is better. However, any time between late March and October offers a wonderful experience.
ItineraryDay 1 Arrive in Newcastle and overnight
After arriving in Newcastle and checking into your hotel, the rest of the day is yours to explore this vibrant city in England's northeast. Newcastle has excellent transport links by rail, road and air to the rest of the UK.
Hotel Indigo Newcastle is a four-star boutique hotel in the heart of the city, heavily influenced by its location within the historic Grainger Town area. The hotel features an on-site Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill restaurant, which is proving to be one of the city’s most popular eateries. Alternatively, the contemporary Grainger Lounge is open for lunch, afternoon tea and light evening dinners - the perfect place to unwind in comfortable surroundings.
You will be collected early this morning and transferred 2.5 hrs to Whitehaven on the west coast to begin your cycle. As is the tradition, dip your wheel in the Irish Sea to mark the start of your 140-mile coast to coast journey across England. Leave the west coast behind and pedal into the beautiful Lake District National Park, where you will stay in the bustling market town of Keswick on the shores of Derwentwater lake.
If you have time why not treat yourself to a traditional English cream tea and scone in one of Keswick's cosy cafes? Then later pop into one of the pubs for a hearty evening meal and a pint of local ale.
Approximate Ascent: 605m / Descent: 540m
The four-star Skiddaw Hotel is set in the picturesque market town of Keswick. Each of the 43 en-suite bedrooms offers a high standard of comfort and has all the amenities you would expect from a good hotel.
This guest house has been completed refurbished since Andy & Mandy took it over in 2012, all bedrooms are en-suite with new bathrooms, complimentary toiletries, flat screen TV’s and they have WIFI throughout. There is the use of the guest lounge with free drinks, snacks and access to newspapers and magazines. They also have drying facilities for those rainy days.
This renovated Victorian home is family run and Carol and Paul will provide you with a very warm welcome. The rooms have splendid views across such notable landscape features as Cat Bells, Grisedale Pike, Skiddaw and Latrigg.
After a hearty breakfast, leave the hustle and bustle and Keswick behind to arrive shortly at Castlerigg Stone Circle and Greystoke Castle. Soon you'll enter the North Pennines and Hartside Pass, renowned as the toughest climb on the route. However, England's Highest Cafe provides a just reward for your efforts and is the perfect place to refuel before continuing onto Alston.
Approximate Ascent: 1075m / Descent: 870m
Alston House Hotel is an imposing 17th century building situated a few minutes stroll from the centre of Alston; which is one of the highest towns in the UK. Alston is well known for its quaint cobbled streets and lovely shops. Over the last two years all of their rooms have been completely refurbished with luxury bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, deep, plush carpets and high quality memory foam beds for that all important good night’s sleep. They are delighted to consistently be the No 1 place to eat in Alston on Trip Advisor. Lighter bites and delicious homemade cakes and scones are served in the house cafe, which is an ideal place to chill and take in the stunning views.
The Cumberland offers you a warm welcome. The comfortable rooms were fully refurbished in 2006, and all offer en-suite bathrooms, hairdryers, colour television and tea and coffee making facilities. In November 2008 they were awarded 3 stars by Visit Britain in the 'Inn' category of Guest Accommodation.
Lowbyer is a Grade II listed Georgian Manor House, each of the nine guest bedrooms have been designed with the guest in mind, All rooms are en-suite with either a bath or shower room and have complimentary refreshments tray, colour television, radio alarm clock, hair dryer and complimentary toiletries. Their cosy snug Bar with inglenook fireplace offers a wide selection of wines, spirits, liqueurs, soft drinks and bottled cider, lager & beers. The Guest Lounge with real wood fire, is a very comfortable and relaxing room. It offers a good selection of books, magazines and daily newspapers.
Pedal through the former mining village of Nenthead, still with many miles of accessible mines, before facing another challenging climb to the highest point on the route - Black Hill at 609 metres above sea level. The rest of the day offers a relatively easy ride to your next overnight stop at Stanhope.
Approximate Ascent: 985m / Descent:1065m
You can be sure of a warm welcome when you arrive at Parkhead Station House. All the bedrooms are named after the railway stations that existed along the original railway line to Consett. There is a guest lounge to unwind in the evenings, or on summer evenings you can enjoy the beautiful outdoor surroundings taking in the views of the moorland. Parkhead is also a tearoom where you can enjoy a great selection of homemade treats, snacks and daily specials.
The Bonny Moorhen is a lively country Inn. The family orientated Inn has comfortable rooms with tea and coffee and wifi.
A steep climb out of Stanhope takes you up Crawley Side to join the Waskerley Way where you will be rewarded by beautifully remote moorland views. This last leg of your trip leads you through the North Pennines Geopark and countryside until reaching the River Tyne. Finally, reach the sea at Tynemouth Castle and dip your front wheel in the ocean to signal the end of your sea to sea cycling adventure.
You will be collected from Tynemouth and transferred back to Newcastle (approximately 20 minutes) to either pick up your car or to the train station for your onward travel arrangements.
Approximate Ascent: 300m / Descent: 475m
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