Coast To Coast Cycling

Coast To Coast Cycling

Coast To Coast Cycling

Coast to Coast Cycling


Similar to Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk the equivalent for long distance cyclists is the Sea to Sea or C2C as it is better known. Coast to coast cycling offers some of the most spectacular scenery in Great Britain. This is the UK’s most popular cycle route and is approximately 140 miles long.

The coast to coast cycling route is very similar to the walking route in so much as it starts at the Irish Sea at St Bees on the Cumbrian coast, the route crosses the Lakeland fells, the Eden Valley, the Pennines, the Yorkshire Dales, the Cleveland Hills, and finally the North Yorkshire Moors before reaching Robin Hood’s Bay on the East Coast. On route you will pass through three contrasting National Parks and some of England’s finest scenery.

Coast To Coast Cycling

Unlike Wainwright’s coast to coast there are several variations of start and finishing points when cycling with both Workington and Whitehaven being popular starting points, whilst Tynemouth and Sunderland are also considered great finishing points.

Dependent upon the route you choose this may include Black Hill, the highest point on the National Cycle Network at 609 meters.

Whichever route you ultimately decide upon when you get your map out and considering who may be accompanying you it is always advisable to choice a route that is within your capabilities.

The route is covered by the National Cycle Network map number seven, and this map is essential for the ride as the route makes use of regular roads, bridleways, old railways etc and, as such, is not a single waymarked cycle track. Therefore good map reading within any group is an advantage.

Coast To Coast Cycling Route

On average a moderately fit person will complete the coast to coast cycling route in three days of cycling, which is enough to be a challenge and can be completed in a long weekend. If on the other hand you have more time it is a great way to enjoy the unspoilt villages and hamlets you will pass through on your route.

For those who enjoy mountain biking there are additional routes you could take in for great off-road riding.

Should you wish for some additional support there are companies who will assist you or your group and this can be very helpful for health and safety reasons, not withstanding puncture repairs, directions and any other problems that may arise.

Coast to coast cycling is great fun so enjoy and if you have any great experiences please send them in to me.