Welcome to Weekly Cycle, not only is it a flimsy pun that not many people will get, but it is also a wonderful weekly insight into the outstanding trips that Macs Bike offer.
We are starting off close to home, with the most popular and well ridden route in the UK. A stone cold classic of UK cycling and one really dives into the north of England and shows its multifaceted beauty. I am proud to present the Sea2Sea.
Distance: 140 miles over either 3 or 4 days of cycling.
Grading: Moderate to Strenuous. The trip is a reasonably tough one, so it is definitely worth having a good level of fitness before tackling it. Because of the amount of climbing involved, it still makes it a challenge no matter how many days you take to do it, but you are on bike paths and quiet roads, so you don’t have to focus too much on the traffic.
The Sea2Sea goes from Whitehaven on the Irish Sea over to Newcastle, on the North Sea, meaning that you are crossing the entire breadth of the country. Included in our trips is a transfer over to Whitehaven from Newcastle to start your trip, so organising your travel couldn’t be easier as Newcastle is accessible by plane, train or automobile.
This outstanding route takes in some of the most rugged and beautiful scenery in the north of England. You will be cycling through the Lake District, with its mix of lush green valleys and hardy fells, it is England’s largest National Park and entirely beautiful from end to end.
Hopefully, the amazing scenery is not something that you get easily tired of, as to complement the Lake District National Park, you are then going to be cycling through the designated Area of Outstanding Beauty that is the North Pennines. This Geopark provides an outstanding array of scenery, from endless heather moors to deep green dales and to experience it at the slow pace of a cycle is the very best way to do it.
Aside from the scenery, the north of England is well renowned for its hospitality. Keswick is a vibrant and very pretty little town, replete with great bars serving local ales, which are a just reward for a tough day on the bike. The little market town of Stanhope is vibrant and full of great local produce and each hand picked accommodation on the route will provide the warmest of welcomes to you.
As I mentioned before, all you need to do is get yourselves to Newcastle and we take care of the rest. April to September is the season for this trip as outside of that you are more likely to face high winds and rain, which kind of takes the shine off the wonderful scenery all around you. You can plan to bring your own bikes or we can hire them for you and even kit them out with your pedals and saddle should you wish.