Coast to Coast
An epic sea to sea challenge through the Lake District and across the North Pennines, finishing up at award-winning Riley's Fish Shack on Tynemouth beach
24th Jun 2021 – 27th Jun 2021
A beautiful, iconic cross-country cycle through Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Northumberland.
We'll be taking you on a sea to sea cycling challenge in the north of England from Whitehaven to Tynemouth, through the northern section of the Lake District and across the Pennines, powered by hearty organic food and warm cosy beds to rest in each night, a perfect adventure for all levels.
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- An epic Sea to Sea (C2C) adventure from Whitehaven to Tynemouth
- Quiet and well-surfaced roads
- Freewheel through the stunning Lake District with mountains surrounding you on all sides
- Push yourself as you pedal over the remote and barren Pennines, and enjoy far-stretching views
- Hear the sounds of water lapping from Ullswater Lake, as we camp on its shores for the night
- Fresh, nutritious, organic food served daily
- Cycle in a supportive group. These are your friends you haven’t yet met.
- Celebrate completing the Coast to Coast with a refreshing plunge in the sea (it’ll be great for those achy legs)
- Dry off with lunch on the beach, at the award-winning, sustainability-focused Riley’s Fish Shack.
To view the route and see what's included and not included in the trip, download our tour pack with all the details.
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Meet your guides!
Since joining her first Brake the Cycle trip, Shalyn has been hooked on adventuring by bike. Having now converted countless friends and family (and sometimes even strangers) to the joys of biking, Shalyn joins us to lead rides and share her infectious enthusiasm for exploring by bike, opportunistic yoga, sharing good food and camping under the stars. It's also quite possible that Shalyn holds the record for the most puncture-repairs in a calendar year - so we're glad to be in experienced hands.
James's first Brake the Cycle trip was back in 2015 when he cycled LEJOG. Since then he's crewed on many trips, across 5 different countries. James loves languages and can speak French, Spanish and Italian as well as his native English. When not cycling James works as a civil servant on UK government climate change policy.
Wow! An amazing adventure that surpassed my every expectation. The route that was picked was stunning. Everything went smoothly... highly recommended.
An incredible experience, a real adventure that provided too many highlights to recount. There was a sociable and non-competitive vibe, and I felt totally supported by the team, the trip couldn't have gone smoother from arrival to departure.
We took part in the coast to coast cycle and had an amazing time with Adventure uncovered. Felt more like cycling with friends without the hassle of organising it yourself. Great team and would definitely recommend them to others.
What kind of places do we stay?
We’ll be staying in a mix of single rooms in guest houses and campsites.
What kind of food will I be eating?
We will provide healthy, nutritious and delicious meals. All vegetarian (apart from at Riley's Fish Shack but vegetarian options are available) and easily catering for vegans. We know how important it is to keep fuelled with nourishing food.
You'll need a little extra cash for any stops in cafes (or pubs) throughout the ride.
Do I need to train? Will I be fit enough?
We can’t emphasise enough the importance of training. We'll be tackling some rather large hills on this trip. Do a favour to your body and get it used to being on a bike. Build it up with regular, easy rides: it’s all about creating a rhythm and getting into the swing of things.
It’s testing but it’s certainly manageable. In all the years we’ve run this trip everyone has always completed it.
How about getting there and back again?
You'll need to arrive in Whitehaven by 18:00 on 24th June. We'll be at the train station to meet you. We'll be finished up in Tynemouth from 15:00 on the 27th June so you'll be able to book your passage home from then. We'd recommend booking your bike on the train as early as possible. Great Western Rail allows you to book bikes online.What’s the weather up to?
Whilst this trip is running in the height of the UK summer, the weather is getting increasingly difficult to predict. We'd recommend ensuring you at least have something warm for the evening and a waterproof for the ride.
What cycling grade is this ride?
We’ve graded this ride 4 out of 5. Only relative to the other trips we run!
Can I hire a bike from you?
Unfortunately you need to bring your own bike. However, we can certainly point you in the right direction!
Can I hire a tent from you?
No, unfortunately not.
What will the terrain be like?
The route is well ridden, you’ll likely see many other cyclists on the road. We’ll be riding predominately on roads and the surfaces are generally excellent. The only section where we'll divert from roads will be on the final days riding, following the Waskerley Way, a cycle and walking path that’ll take us out of the Pennines and avoid unwanted traffic on our way towards Newcastle. The Waskerley Way, although not tarmacked, is of a good enough quality to ride a road bike along. The majority of climbing will be through the Pennines on the second day of riding and the last day has a large section of gentle downhill.
Why this trip?
So what makes this trip so special I hear you ask? Well not only will we be crossing from sea to sea under our own pedal power, we’ll also be travelling through not one but two national parks. We’ll pass through the valleys and along the lakes of the Lake District, absorbing in the breath-taking view of mountains and hills. We’ll pedal ourselves over the pennines and explore the Waskerley Way. We’ll be fully immersing ourselves in the big outdoors, camping in both the Lake District and the Pennines. There’ll be the opportunity to degulge in both freshwater and seawater dips throughout the ride. We’ll wrap things up with a well deserved bevy and freshly prepared feast from Riley's fish shack.
Is this trip for me?
You love adventuring from A-B, getting that real sense of adventure and accomplishment from the journey. You’re fit and experienced in the saddle, either as a relatively fresh day rider or seasoned tourer. You feel alive in the big outdoors and love nothing more than camping out under expansive skies. You’re looking to make personal connections and friendships with like-minded folk over the weekend through our intimate group sizes. Sound like you? See how this trip compares to our others in the chart below.
If you fancy riding the Coast to Coast Brake the Cycle style but would rather bubble with your friends, or if you’re struggling to find a date that suits then get in touch with us at [email protected]. We also run private tours throughout the year and, depending on the dates you have in mind, we’d be glad to work with you on your own trip.
Do I need travel insurance?
Yes, we highly recommend it.