We've written about a number of cycle routes across the UK, including both the Hadrian's Cycleway and the Coast & Castles routes. Yet despite how brilliant they are, none of them are as popular as the C2C ('sea to sea', often incorrectly referred to as 'coast to coast') route. Starting on the beautiful coast of northwest England, this route takes you through the Northern Lakes and over the Pennines before ending in Tyneside. It has a little bit of everything in terms of scenery, and that's probably why people love it so much.
We wanted to highlight each section of this route individually and outline what there is to see and do along the way, as well as provide some tips for anyone looking to tackle this cycle route in 2023. Let's get into the guide:
Where is the C2C cycle route?
What sections are there?
Keswick to Penrith
Stanhope to Consett
Consett to Tynemouth
What is there to see and do as you cycle along the C2C route?
Whitehaven to Keswick (31 miles)
Keswick - Penrith (18 miles)
Penrith - Alston (22 miles)
Alston - Stanhope (22 miles)
Stanhope - Consett (13 miles)
Consett to Tynemouth (28 miles)
What should you be aware of before heading along the C2C route?
What are the alternate routes you can take?