Type of Event
August 19, 2022
3 Days (2 cycling)
Cycle the Coast 2 Coast
Join us on this two-day classic cycle event from Whitehaven to North Shields, as we conquer the infamous Coast to Coast route. Pedalling from west to east, we encounter the glorious countryside and scenic views of the District National Park and North Pennines. As tradition demands, you will get to dip your back wheel into the sea at the beginning of your epic journey and your front wheel in at the end. Time to celebrate your achievement and tick this challenge on your list!
What can I expect in terms of accommodation?
Accommodation is bed and breakfast in 3-4* hotels, picked for their proximity to our route and provided by our partner Travel Counsellors. All the hotels are chosen with en-suite facilities, offering exceptional value for money; standards, however, may vary slightly between venues. The listed accommodation price is based on two people sharing a room. Travel Counsellors will pair you up with somebody in a similar position if you are traveling on your own. You can also opt for a single room, but this will incur a supplementary charge (£120 for 2 nights).
What food is included, and does it cater for all diets?
Lunches and evening meals are not provided, however, suitable dining choices will be suggested and are payable locally. There will be two designated water stops on each ride day, providing the opportunity to refill your water bottles and access to snacks. In addition, you are welcome to bring your own snacks, which the Crew will look after and make available at each stop.
What’s unique about Adventure Challenges? Why should I choose you?
We create our events with you in mind. Our team has physically driven and assessed every mile of the journey to ensure the safest and best possible route for your challenge, so rest assured that you are in the safest hands.
How fit do I need to be?
Adventure Challenges attract people of all levels of experience and fitness, ages and backgrounds. We expect all participants to train to an appropriate level before the challenge, but we respect everyone’s limits. You will be in the saddle for upward of 60 miles a day for four consecutive days, so you should ensure, as a minimum, that you are comfortable riding for 60-70 miles a day; aim to have achieved this regularly before you leave for the trip. The profile is very hilly, so please include some hills in your training. This event has a difficulty rating of 6 out of 8, which we rate as ‘challenging’. You will need confidence in your fitness and technical ability is crucial. We design our challenges so that everyone can go at their own pace as this is not a race. For further information regarding how we rate our challenges, click here
Who will be there to support me during the event?
Your trip will be led by experienced Adventure Challenges crew. Crew members are selected for their experience in cycling events around the world, their friendliness and approachability, sense of humour and ability to safely and effectively deal with any situation that arises. Our crew leaders are also trained in outdoor First Aid. You are in very safe hands with the Adventure Challenges crew.
The number of crew and support vehicles looking after you will depend on the final size of your group, but the team will be looking after every aspect of your trip, whether that’s transporting your luggage, sorting out any mechanical problems or giving you a lift in our backup vehicle – our “Love bus”. At Adventure Challenges, we pride ourselves on our high crew to cyclist ratio and believe it leads to greater trip enjoyment as well as excellent trip safety.
Will I be safe?
Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with emergency mobile phones, First Aid kits and other safety apparatus wherever necessary. They always have access to our 24-hour emergency back-up in the UK. Our leaders are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary should local conditions dictate.
What happens to my luggage each day?
Our support vehicles are with the group all of the time. All luggage and spares will be carried in the vehicles as we travel to each destination. Each day, when you arrive at our hotels, you will hand over your bike for safe overnight keeping and collect your luggage. Each morning, you will hand over your luggage and collect your bike. Obviously, space is limited and hard-sided luggage is not suitable, so it is essential that your kit is packed in a soft sailing bag, rucksack or expedition kit-bag.
What insurance will I require?
Insurance on this UK based trip is optional.
Is travel, to start of route in Penrith and from end of the route North Shields, included?
No, you are responsible for your own travel arrangements to the start of the event in Penrith and from the end of the event in North Shields. If travelling by car, you will be able to leave your vehicle at the start hotel and we will transport you back to Penrith after the event finish.
Will I receive further information?
Yes, a full detailed information pack will be issued following signed registration
Day One – Arrive at Penrith
Arrive early evening at Penrith and our Chapeau crew will greet you, register you for the event and provide you with all the information you will need for an early start the following day. The next day we will transport you to the starting point at Whitehaven.
Day Two – Whitehaven to Alston
After a good night’s rest and a hearty breakfast, we begin our epic challenge by dipping our back wheels into the Irish Sea in Whitehaven, posing for photos by the steel sculpture that marks the official starting point. We head towards the Lake District National Park, immediately delivering on the staggering views renowned for the area. We pass through Ennerdale Water and Loweswater, before the long ascent over Whinlatter Pass. The resinous scent of mature conifer trees fills the air. As we continue into Whinlatter Forest, the only true mountain forest in the country, the alpine-like Siskins Café is lovely, as are the picnic spots where glimpses of the resident red squirrels can be seen scurrying around. We continue east towards Penrith for lunch, after which we head onto our second long climb over Hartside, where we will have our final drinks stop of the day. Don’t forget our support crew will be looking after you all the way! We then descend towards Garrigill before finally heading onto Alston, our stop for the night for a well-earned rest.
Distance: 80 miles (128 km)
Day Three – Alston to North Shields
After a good night’s sleep and another hearty breakfast, we start the second day of our cycling challenge heading into Nenthead, England’s highest village. We climb again towards Rookhope and Parkhead, where spectacular views greet you! The challenge becomes gentler once the climbs are behind us as we descend towards the North Sea. Our route crosses some breathtakingly beautiful open moors along the Waskerley Way with incredible views over the North Pennines. At Lydgetts Junction in Consett, we head for our destination of north Shields, passing the magnificent bridges that span the Tyne and rolling past the doors of the Cycle Hub at Newcastle Quayside, a wonderfully friendly café bar and the hangout of choice for many cyclists. The lovely town of North Shields awaits and is a beautiful backdrop to end this magnificent journey before dipping those front wheels in the North Sea to complete the challenge.
Distance: 60 miles (96 km)
Price Inclusions / Exclusions
- Participants register online, with a deposit payment of £100.00.
- The remaining £590.00 is due 10 weeks before your scheduled ride date and is payable by bank transfer.
You will receive reminder emails two weeks prior to payment.
- Total bike transport to and from the event start and finish from The Old Barn Cafe, Marton (if required).
- Accommodation during the event as provided by our partners, Travel Counsellors.
- Complete transport of luggage between hotels during the ride
- Full trip support including mechanics, first aid, drivers and full route support
- Water stops
- Personal transport to route start and finish. Lunch and evening meal.
- Bicycle and cycling equipment.
- Personal travel insurance
- Drinks, personal items or entry fees to any optional tourist sites you may wish to visit.
- We strongly recommend you carry a credit card in case of a personal emergency.
Why not turn your magnificent achievement into an honourable one as well? We have enabled hundreds of participants to raise thousands and thousands of pounds for worthy causes.
You’ll not only be supporting an organisation or charity but providing yourself with an added incentive, very useful when facing those hard miles near the end of the day.
Coast to Coast Cycle