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Sea to Sea (C2C) Cycle Route


  • Journey across England by bike from the Irish Sea to the North Sea.
  • Cycling through the Lake District and past the stunning Helvellyn Mountain range.
  • Discovering the prehistoric Castlerigg Stone Circle.
  • Completing the challenge of a 580 metre climb up Hartside Pass.
  • Greystoke Castle, home of Lord Greystoke, upon whom the Legend of Tarzan is based.

Cycle from the Irish Sea to the North Sea, west to east, along the UK’s most popular long-distance cycle path, the C2C. Dip your back wheel into the sea at the beginning of your epic journey and your front wheel in at the end, as tradition demands.

Pedal along quiet country lanes and cycle paths with the rugged mountains of the Lake District National Park and heather covered moors of the North Pennines as your backdrop. As you pass through Cumbria you will be in awe of the surrounding peaks of Helvellyn and Skiddaw, which provide some of the most stunning scenery in the UK.

This is a general stage by stage guide. For all the available day by day itineraries, please see the options on the right.

Day 1: Arrival - Newcastle

Arrive Newcastle and check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore the sights of this vibrant city.

Overnight: Indigo Hotel - Newcastle

The Hotel Indigo is a delightful boutique hotel centrally located in Newcastle. The design of the hotel has been heavily influenced by its location within the historic Grainger Town area and features bold geometric columns, classical proportions, and repeating patterns to mimic the architecture in the local area. You can also dine at the hotel's Marco Pierre White Steakhouse.

Day 2: Whitehaven to Keswick / Penrith - 31 Miles / 55 miles

You will be picked up early this morning and transferred across to Whitehaven to start your cycle. Dip your wheel in the Irish Sea to mark the start of your 140-mile adventure. Leaving the West Coast behind, you quickly enter the lush green Lake District National Park before shortly arriving into the busy town of Keswick and your accommodation for the night.

Overnight: Linnett Hill Hotel, Keswick

Linnett Hill is a beautiful period bed and breakfast providing quality accommodation in the heart of Keswick.

Day 3: Cycle to Alston - 44 Miles

After a hearty breakfast you will have a short cycle to the sights of Castlerigg Stone Circle and Greystoke Castle. Once you leave the Lake District and enter the North Pennines you will reach the toughest climb of the route up Hartside Pass where you will have the chance to refuel at England’s Highest Café. From here it's a short ride to Alston and your accommodation for the night.

Overnight: Alston House Hotel, Alston

An imposing 17th-century building situated a few minutes stroll from the centre of Alston.

Day 4: Cycle to Stanhope - 22 Miles

After passing the former mining village of Nenthead, which still boasts many miles of accessible mines, your morning starts with a climb to your highest point at the top of Black Hill (609 metres). Following this you are rewarded with a relatively easy ride to Stanhope. 

Overnight: Parkhead Station House

You can be sure of a warm welcome when you arrive at Parkhead Station House. There is a guest lounge to unwind in the evenings, or in summer evenings enjoy the beautiful outdoor surroundings.

Day 5: Cycle to Tynemouth - 43 Miles

A steep climb out of Stanhope takes you up Crawley Side to join the Waskerley Way which is rewarded by wonderful remote moorland views.This last leg of your trip leads you through the North Pennines Geopark and countryside until reaching the River Tyne. Finally, you reach the sea at Tynemouth Castle to dip your front wheel in the ocean to signal the end of your tour of Northern England. You will be picked up in Tynemouth and transferred back to Newcastle to either pick up your car or to the train station to connect to your onward travel.


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

This cycling holiday cannot be booked if you are travelling solo as it is costs-prohibitive. Single rooms are available, subject to availability and with a supplement payable. Please note that singles may not be of the same standard 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.




Indigo Hotel - Newcastle

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 is situated less than a five minute walk from Newcastle central train station, with onsite parking (fees apply).







Linnet Hill B&B - Keswick

Linnett Hill is a beautiful, family run, period Guest House providing contemporary accommodation in the centre of the stunning North Lakeland town of Keswick.







Alston House, Alston

Alston House Hotel - Alston

Alston House Hotel Hotel is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Relax and enjoy the stunning views of both the South Tyne River and the fells beyond.







Parkhead Station - Stanhope

Parkhead Station has been specifically designed with cyclists and walkers in mind, renowned within the cycling fraternity and certainly the place to be on the C2C & downhill all the way to the coast!




Time of Year

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.


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.

Single & Solo Cyclists

This independent cycling holiday is not available to solo cyclists as it is cost-prohibitive. If you require single rooms in your party we will, of course, try to accommodate your request, subject to availability.

Grade & Terrain

This tour is rated moderate to strenuous because it is such a challenging route. We have a couple of options so that you can choose to make it a little easier, but there is a lot of climbing, which keeps the grade the same despite lessening the miles. The steepest climbs and highest point are in the Pennines. However, if you pace yourself well and have very good physical fitness and are used to cycling between 30 and 50 miles you will be able to do it. You will be cycling on bike paths and quiet roads.

Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The C2C cycling trail is a National Cycle Network Route and well-signposted. You will be provided with a comprehensive guidebook and detailed map.

Baggage Transfers

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.

Bike Rental

Bike hire is available as an optional extra. Good-quality hybrid bikes are available.  The bike will be a Giant Roam or something similar. 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.

Travel Insurance

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.

General Information

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.

Getting to/from Newcastle

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.


  • B&B, guesthouse and country hotel accommodation including breakfast in twin/double ensuite rooms wherever possible.
  • Transfer from Newcastle to Whitehaven and from Tynemouth back to Newcastle.
  • Door to door baggage transfer.
  • A detailed info pack, route notes and map for the group leader.
  • Emergency telephone support from our office in the event of a problem.


  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Personal Equipment.
  • Bike Hire (unless booked by ourselves)
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you decide to skip a stage


  • Bike Hire
  • Single room supplement.
  • Extra nights before, after or during your cycle.

Planning a cycling holiday can be daunting, especially if this is your first long distance cycling holiday. We are often asked the following questions and hope that you will find the answers useful.

How far in advance do I need to book?

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.

How fit do I need to be?

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.

How do the baggage transfers work?

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.

What personal equipment do I need?

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.

When is the best time of year?

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.

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