C2C Cycle Route – Coast to Coast Across Northern England
New guide to the Coast to Coast (C2C) Sustrans cycle route, across the UK, from Whitehaven or Workington to Tynemouth or Sunderland, through the English Lake District, the Eden Valley and the Pennines.
The C2C is the UK’s most popular cycle challenge, whether undertaken over a single day or a full week, and has become a modern classic. It takes in some of northern England’s finest scenery on cycle paths, forest tracks and minor roads, with off-road options and a selection of taster day rides also described here. The Hadrian’s Wall and Reivers’ Way cycle routes also offer great options for a return trip. The route is described here as a 5-day route, from west to east, itineraries are also included for 2, 3 and 4-day options, along with sections on cycle maintenance and puncture-mending and riding the route from east to west. Detailed profiles and OS mapping illustrate each stage.
Contents Introduction; Why do it? Choosing your route; When to go; Getting there and getting back; Planning your itinerary; Specialist C2C companies; Where to stay; Choosing your bike; What to take; Food and drink; What to wear; Fitness; Navigation and waymarking; Stamp collecting; Using this guide; The route; Stage 1a Whitehaven to Keswick; Link route: St Bees to the C2C; Stage 1b Workington to Keswick; Link route: Whitehaven to Workington; Stage 2 Keswick to Langwathby; Stage 3 Langwathby to Nenthead; Stage 4 Nenthead to Consett; Stage 5a Consett to Sunderland; Stage 5b Consett to Tynemouth; Taster rides; Ride 1 Lakeland Loop; Ride 2 West Coast Loop; Ride 3 Western C2C Loop; Ride 4 The Old Coach Road; Ride 5 Penrith to Carlisle; Appendices; Appendix A Route summary table; Appendix B Suggested itineraries (4, 3 and 2 days); Appendix C Useful contacts; Appendix D Riding the C2C from east to west; Appendix E Pre-ride bike medical; Appendix F Mending a puncture
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