Cycle from Coast to Coast with a Cicerone Guidebook
The C2C Cycle Route
The Coast to Coast bike ride by Jeremy Evans
A handy pocket-sized guidebook for anyone cycling the Coast to Coast (C2C) Sustrans cycle route, across the UK. The 140 mile route from Whitehaven or Workington to Tynemouth or Sunderland is mostly on cycle paths, forest tracks and minor roads with off-road options and taster day rides described. The cycle-friendly route is described over 5 days. More...
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The C2C cycle route first opened as a formal route in 1994. It is a cyclist’s version of Alfred Wainwright’s famous Coast to Coast Walk, but follows a shorter route with considerably fewer hills. The route was designed by Sustrans and is now the UK’s most popular long-distance cycle route.
The route in this guidebook is described from west to east, as this is often held to be the ‘best’ direction in which to cycle the C2C.
The C2C has two different start and finish points at both ends of the route – a choice between Whitehaven or Workington on the west coast and Tynemouth or Sunderland on the east coast.
The route can easily be completed in five days by those with a basic level of fitness. If you cycle further and faster, it’s possible to ride from sea to sea in four, three or two days.
Most of the C2C route follows traffic-free cycle tracks or quiet minor roads, allowing you to enjoy cycling with minimum stress or danger from traffic.
- route described in 5 stages from west to east with variant first and final legs
- 5 taster routes to give cyclists a flavour of the full C2C
- off-road, variant and link routes also included