C2C Cycle Route - Coast to Coast across Northern England
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C2C Cycle Route - Coast to Coast across Northern England

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


The Route
Stage 1a Whitehaven to Keswick
Link route St Bees to the C2C
Stage 1b Workington to Keswick
Link route Whitehaven to Workington
Stage 2 Keswick to Langwathby
Stage 3 Langwathby to Nenthead
Stage 4 Nenthead to Consett
Stage 5a Consett to Sunderland
Stage 5b Consett to Tynemouth
Taster Routes
Route 1 Lakeland Loop
Route 2 West Coast Loop
Route 3 Western C2C Loop
Route 4 The Old Coach Road
Route 5 Penrith to Carlisle

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