- Thinking of doing a Coast to Coast charidee ride next june… anyone done one?
I take it you mean the C2C? Whitehaven – Keswick – penrith – Allenheads – tynemouth/Sunderland?Posted 4 years ago
Yup I’ve done it. DO NOT stay at the bunkhouse in Rookhope, that crazy old lady tried to rob me of a fiver. DO take the offroad bit up n out of Rookhope coz the hill out Stanhope is a killer! A very large portion of it is on very rural roads but otherwise on made up cycle paths. The best bit is after Rookhope, offroad gentle decline for miles n miles, Weeeeeeeee!manitouMember
it was this one i was thinking of..Posted 4 years agodrummerMember
Four of us rode from St Bees Head to Robin hoods bay a few years ago ( before gps was affordable ! )
Riding Parallel to Wainwrights way it was a right adventure. We got lost most days and did it in four long days. The dream; pubs,curries and beers each night … the reality ; petrol sation snacks and banging on youth hostel doors arriving at 11.00 PM each night ! We were wading across rivers and scrambling over rocks with bikes on our backs, proper rufty tufty male bonding stuff … haha
Excellent fun and a ‘must do’ I reckon
I think the route was similar to this onePosted 4 years ago
I’ve done it twice, first time we followed Wainwrights too and it was A.C.E. took us 4 days gentle pootling and wheelie pulling.. The second time started out as a Hack but ended up a race between me and my whippetmate, he won, I let his tyres down in some seedy back street of Sunderland 😆Posted 4 years agoneninjaMember
We did a charity variation on the C2C earlier in the year. We wanted to do more off road but it was a very mixed group so nothing technical.
We made up our own version –
Day 1 – Normal Sustrans C2C from Workington, Cockermouth, Keswick, Old Coach Road, Pooley Bridge and then finished in Shap. The Old Coach road was pretty good as was the section from Pooley Bridge over towards Shap.
Day 2 – short day involving a stop for fish and chips in Kirkby Stephen and then the brutal climb up to Tanhill Inn for massages (a mate is a Sports Science lecturer and arranged for a couple of students to be there to help them complete some of their hours to qualify) and beer.
Day 3 – off road to Bowes and then mostly bridleway to Barningham and then a mix of country lanes, bridleway and cycles tracks to Hartlepool.
I with the exception of the middle day which was all on road I reckon it was something like 60% bridleway/cycles tracks and 40% quiet lanes with virtually no traffic.
Planning to do the Pennine Bridleway from Derbyshire to Kirkby Stephen next year again to raise funds for the local Hospice.Posted 4 years ago
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