We completed our Sea-to-Sea (C2C) cycling tour in August 2013, our third and final tour of the year. The route is described by Sustrans as “The UK’s most popular ‘challenge’ cycle route” and yet incredibly in spite of having completed a number of previous tours we had never cycled this particular route. It was time to correct this gap in our cycle touring CV.
Starting from Whitehaven we cycled through the northern Lake District to Keswick, then climbed into the Pennines, ‘the roof of England’ taking in Hartside, Garrigill, Allenheads and Black Hill, the highest point on the route – and indeed the National Cycle Network – at 609m. We finished by descending for more than 30 miles down to the North-East coast following the railway paths of County Durham and the Consett-Sunderland railway path and sculpture trail.
Whilst officially only about 136 miles from coast to coast the Sea-to-Sea (C2C) certainly packs a lot in to its comparatively short distance!
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