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The Coast to Coast Cycle Route

Whitehaven or Workington to Tynemouth or Sunderland

Guidebook to cycling the Sustrans Coast to Coast Cycle Route across the north of England, from Whitehaven or Workington to Newcastle or Sunderland, passing through the northern Lake District, the Pennines and County Durham. The 137 mile route is presented in 3 stages, with alternative start and finish stages, and is suitable for all bikes.


Best from April to October, but possible out of season.


Whitehaven, Workington, Loweswater, Lorton, Keswick, Threlkeld, Mungrisdale, Greystoke, Penrith, Renwick, Garrigill, Nenthead, Allenheads, Rookhope, Consett, Sunderland, Gateshead, Tynemouth. Alston on an alternative route.


The C2C is a challenging and rewarding ride with plenty of ups and downs - particularly in the route's outstanding middle section - that is nonetheless well within the capabilities of most cyclists. A 3-day itinerary will be the perfect trip for many regular road cyclists riding around 45 miles per day. A number of alternative off-road options are included, while both more leisurely and more challenging itineraries are also described.

Must See

The original and classic C2C route from Whitehaven or Workington to Tynemouth or Sunderland. Crosses the Lake District National Park and the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Includes famous rewarding climbs over Whinlatter, Hartside Top and Black Hill.
16 Mar 2023
17.20 x 11.60 x .65cm

A guidebook to cycling the 220km (137 mile) Coast to Coast (C2C) cycle route from either Whitehaven or Workington to Tynemouth or Sunderland. This long-distance cycle through the Lake District, Pennines and County Durham is suitable for both first-time and experienced long-distance cyclists and can be cycled in 3 days.

  • Presented as a 3-day itinerary with daily stages between 64-84km (40-52 miles) in length. Alternate itineraries are also provided
  • Route passes Keswick, Greystoke, Penrith, Renwick, Garrigill, Nenthead, Allenheads, Alston, Newcastle
  • Route is described west-east but a summary description is also provided for those wanting to cycle in the opposite direction
  • 1:100,000 maps are included for each stage
  • GPX files available to download
  • Trek planner gives detailed information about accommodation, refreshments and facilities along the route

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By Rachel Crolla

Rachel Crolla is an outdoors all-rounder who loves hiking, biking, scrambling and climbing. Rachel is an outdoors writer and photographer who is also trained as a journalist and teacher. She has hiked and climbed across the UK, Europe and the USA. In 2007 Rachel became the first woman to reach the summit of every country in Europe, and co-wrote the Cicerone guide book Europe’s High Points soon afterwards. She is passionate about enthusing the next generation of hikers and cyclists with a love of the outdoors.

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By Carl McKeating

Carl McKeating is from Yorkshire. He is the co-author with Rachel Crolla of the books, Europe’s High Points and Walking in the Auvergne published by Cicerone. A rock climbing and mountaineering enthusiast, in addition to ascending all of Europe’s national high points, in 2010 he completed a long-standing ambition to climb all the routes in Ken Wilson’s Classic Rock which he followed with a three-month climbing and mountaineering tour of America. A qualified English teacher, in 2014 Carl started work on a doctorate about Mont Blanc in British Culture.

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