Experience some of the most dramatic scenery England has to offer on this classic two-day bike ride from the west to the east coast. Departing from Whitehaven, this challenging itinerary stretches for 214km, with 2700m of climbing, crossing through the Lake District, North Pennines, and the ancient fringes of Hadrian’s Wall, before reaching the North Sea at Whitley Bay.

The picturesque route crosses the northern edge of the Lake District, then climbs into the dramatic landscapes of the northern Pennines. Following the ancient fringes of Hadrian’s Wall, it then heads down to the coastline of Whitley Bay.

 

Itinerary

 

Day 1, Saturday 24th September 2022: Whitehaven to Alston (approx 120km)

And you're off! After an early morning safety briefing, you head towards the shore where you have the opportunity to dip your bike’s wheel in the Irish Sea. It’s then time to get pedalling as you venture towards the Cleaton Moor village and the stirring landscape of the Lake District National Park.

Home to England’s highest mountains and deepest lakes, the region has inspired writers, artists and poets for generations. But your main focus this morning is the challenging hill climbs that you need to cross in order to reach Loweswater and then Braithwaite and Keswick. You stop in Threkeld for a hard-earned lunch, before pushing on across Cumbria’s rolling hills and past Greystoke and the historic market town of Penrith. Finally you reach Alston: your home for the night. Dinner will be followed by another briefing and the chance to reflect on the day’s events.

Accommodation: Hostel

Meals: Lunch and dinner

 

Day 2, Sunday 25th September: Alston to Whitley Bay (approx 94km)

Recharged and ready for action, you start the day by heading towards Northumberland National Park and the ancient ramparts of Hadrian’s Wall. The route ventures upwards through Halfwhistle and on to Homestead’s Fort, dramatically located on a high escarpment of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site. The fort, which offers spectacular panoramas, once housed about 800 men and is supposedly the site of Britain’s oldest toilets!

Bypassing Newcastle-upon-Tyne, we head for our final destination: St Mary’s Lighthouse in Whitley Bay. Exhausted but triumphant, you complete the ride by dipping your wheels in the North Sea. There will be plenty of time for photos and celebrations at the end of this spectacular ride. Participants can either make their own way home or be transferred back to Whitehaven if they wish to book the additional transfer.

Accommodation: Not included

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

 

Route and Elevation

 

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Costs

 

Non-refundable registration fee: £95

Minimum sponsorship: £775

This option means the challenge balance of your event cost is met through raising a minimum sponsorship for Railway Children.

Step 1 – To join the challenge you pay the non-refundable registration fee and commit to raising the minimum sponsorship.

Step 2 – Start fundraising and send your sponsorship money to us as you raise it.

Step 3 – 80% of your minimum sponsorship must be received no later than 10 weeks before departure (16th July). If you have raised the required amount, we will then pay the challenge balance, no more than 50% of the minimum sponsorship figure.

Step 4 – The remaining 20% of your minimum sponsorship should be sent no later than 4 weeks following your return after the challenge.

 

What's included

 

  • Full back-up support including first-aid qualified staff and first aid supplies
  • Baggage transfer
  • One night’s accommodation in a hostel
  • Lunch and dinner day 1; breakfast and lunch day 2
  • Refreshment/water stops
  • Signed and GPX route guidance
  • Cycle guides
  • Support vehicle and qualified cycle mechanics available throughout the challenge
  • Celebratory drink and medal at the finish
  • An exclusive Coast to Coast cycle jersey​

 

What's not included

 

  • Travel to and from the travel start/finish. Transfer back to the start for you and your bike will be available
  • Bike and helmet

 

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