The Original Long Distance Cycle Challenge in the North
The Coast to Coast (C2C) cycle route is one of the best and longest established routes in the UK. The most popular option for most riders is to complete it in three days and 2 nights. If you are a super keen cyclist one day is actually possible but most opt for a more leisurely pace. Logistics can be a challenge but there are a variety of options: Self supported trips with laden bikes using panniers. Use a cycle tour company like Sherpa Van, they offer a luggage transfer service so that you can focus on enjoying the ride instead of lugging all your gear around. Allenhead’s Lodge has a 14 bike trailer as well as a fleet of modern comfortable buses, if you require transport to your starting point we can help.
The C2C Bike Route- The original and best cycle challenge in England
Starting in Cumbria heading through the beautiful Lake District National Park the route climbs up and down mountain passes and through quirky little villages. People tend to stay in Keswick, Threlkeld or Penrith on the first night. Depending on what you like to do in an evening there is accommodation to suit everyone, from relative budget options to more luxurious.
The second day is arguably the most challenging in terms of terrain, starting quite low in altitude and climbing up and down the North Pennines is challenging with Hartside pass being a highlight. The climb up out of the old lead mining village of Garrigill is also pretty epic. The good thing about Garrigill is there is brilliant pub just before the climb where you can grab some food or drink to give you the energy to get up the hill. On the second night its best to make the third days riding as easy as possible, so making as much progress towards the North Sea is paramount. The best location is Allenheads, literally on the route of the coast to coast with no detours needed. Allenheads is ideally located at the top of the North Pennines with only 2 climbs left for the third days riding. Our lodge is located in Allenheads with access to the local pub, café and heritage centre. We can provide bed only or bed and breakfast with all bedding provided and our lodge has secure bike storage inside our stores. It’s ideal for big groups and has a communal area for the evening too. The local pub is a typical local village pub with a good fun welcoming atmosphere and is called the Alleneheads Inn, if you are staying in Allenheads booking for food is essential. If you arrive in the daytime the Hemmel Cafe is an excellent spot for a coffee and some lunch.
The third day is all downhill, well pretty much! It’s 47 miles from Allenheads to Sunderland and 49 miles from Allenheads to Tynemouth. There are lots of stops on the way for food or we can provide you with a packed lunch for your journey, totally up to you.
Our lodge is available to book online on the booking system, for big groups get in touch and we may be able to offer you a group booking discount.
The lodge booking page can be found here.