Sustainable-focused cycle adventure from England's West to East Coast
2018 event summary
For the very first time, Adventure Uncovered and Brake the Cycle collaborate on ‘Coast-to-Coast’, a sustainable-focused cycle adventure from the northwest to northeast of England. Taking in the splendour of the Lake District and Pennines and visiting an eco-farm along the way, with camping, a beach clean up and delicious food at Riley’s sustainable fish shack at the end of the journey.
Brake the Cycle provides transformative experiences through cycling, visiting ecovillages, sustainability projects and exploring alternative ways of living along the way. A maximum group of 15 will cycle 140 miles in total over 3 days, including accommodation, campfires, wild swims and an award-winning sustainable supper at Riley’s Fish Shack on arrival in Tynemouth.
This is an ideal long weekender, for those with less time to commit to a longer adventure, a short getaway from work for a few days to meet like-minded people and mentally and physically challenge yourself during a breathtaking, memorable and exhilarating ride.
Suitable for all abilities and ages, the long weekend’s highlights include:
- 3-days guided cycling and support van for all your kit (contact us if you need help transporting your bikes from London)
- Breakfasts, lunches and evening cooking in good company
- An evening talk from Remi King about his hitchhiking adventure across the UK and kindness from strangers experience, plus his next challenge cycling from London to Lagos
- Optional outdoor swims (or dips!)
- 3-nights accommodation, one night in one of the UK’s most beautiful farm campsites
- A delicious meal at one of the UK’s favourite restaurants – Riley’s Fish Shack
- Other secret surprises throughout the weekend!
The trip will pass through the UK’s most scenic landscapes, including mountains, lakes and beaches.
We’re teaming up with expert eco-cycle tour company Brake the Cycle.
The company always takes the route less travelled and provides memorable, transformative experiences.
To find out more about Brake the Cycle and their inspirational eco-cycling trips all over the UK and Europe go here.
The route is a real gem, where there will be three days of blissful cycling, Friday-Sunday. Here’s a snapshot of the elevation profile of the ride, there are some decent climbs in there so it’s not without a challenge, but all in all a more than doable ride throughout the three days.
Day 1 – Thursday, 2nd August
You will need to travel to Whitehaven, Cumbria where we will all meet at the station at 6.30pm to meet the Brake the Cycle and Adventure Uncovered teams and other participants in the group, you will see the branded Brake the Cycle white van, can’t miss it! We will check bikes and enjoy dinner together and discuss the epic cycle ahead! We will get an early night in and sleep in Summergrove Halls, Whitehaven and head to Whitehaven harbour in the morning for launch!
Day 2 – Friday, 3rd August
After a large breakfast, we’ll head off to the west coast start line at Whitehaven harbour, once the home of the flourishing coal and iron industries, and now one of the oldest remaining coal wharves in Britain. This Georgian town was one of the first post-renaissance planned towns in the country built on shipping and mining, although both industries have now declined, Whitehaven is never-the-less an attractive town and is one of the 40 Gem Towns in England (the only other in Cumbria being Cockermouth).
We’ll cycle 90kms+ on the first day (covering the longest distance of all the days), arriving later in the early evening at Drybeck Farm, a luxury campsite situated in the heart of the Eden Valley and overlooking the River Eden in Cumbria, on the edge of The Lake District. The site is equipped with a hot tub to soothe any aching niggles and pains.
The cycle on day 1 will pass through the beautiful and more remote northern Lake District, skirting Loweswater Lake and the beautiful, historic market town of Keswick, just above Derwent Water. We will no doubt stop off for a wild swim at some point!
Maximum distance: 96 kms, 1,062m ascent
Day 3 – Saturday, 4th August
The Day 3 will see us clock up approximately 67kms, entering the Northern Pennines (an area of outstanding natural beauty). We will finish and spend overnight at Crawleyside in an Airbnb within touching distance from the east coast.
Maximum distance: 67 kms, 1,513m ascent
Day 4 – Sunday, 5th August
The final day covers 60kms+ (total approx 226kms, 2,900m ascent over 3 days), and take us from Crawleyside to Tynemouth in Northumberland, finishing off in the North Sea where will celebrate with a swim and eat a hearty, sustainable meal at Riley’s Fish Shack on the beach. We expect to arrive around 2.30pm and if you have an onward journey, we suggest booking trains out Newcastle from 5pm.
Maximum distance: 63 kms, 325m ascent (Pretty much ALL downhill!)
*Please note this itinerary is subject to change up to and including the event weekend. The organiser reserves the right to adjust the schedule if necessary for safety reasons/factors beyond our reasonable control.
Not only will we be led by Brake the Cycle’s founder Joe Reid throughout the weekend, but we’ll also be lucky enough to hear an evening talk from Remi King, an intrepid adventurer who relied on the kindness of strangers during his epic hitchhiking journey from the south of the UK to the north, a traverse by foot rather than two wheels, but faced with similar challenges.
Remi was born in Kaduna, Nigeria and came to Hackney in the UK aged 13. He studied Television Production at Bournemouth University and has since worked as a Director/Producer on short films, music videos and social content. His documentary Finding Remi in which he spent a month travelling across the United Kingdom living entirely on the generosity of strangers, is currently in post-production along with Scru & Judy, a short documentary dealing with life after Stroke. Remi’s short film “The seat” is currently in the festival circuit. Remi is passionate about Homelessness, Mental Health, travelling and cycling and plans to cycle from London to Lagos in 2019!