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The C2C Cycle Route
Keswick, North Lakes

Details for The C2C Cycle Route

Peace and quiet on the C2C route
Cyclists taking a breather and checking the map

The C2C cycle long distance route starts in the Lake District National Park and heads up and over the northern Pennines into Northumberland. It can be completed in 1 day, but a more leisurely approach is to take 3 to 5 days and enjoy the scenery, food and company along the way.

The Sea to Sea (C2C) cycle route won an international award in 1996 and is a spectacular route starting out in the spectacular and rugged Lake District National Park, passing up and over the Pennines and concluding in Northumberland. Originally devised by Sustrans, it is popular with thousands of cyclists per annum.

Although it is actually possible to complete the whole route in one day – complete with blisters! it is more usual to take 3 -5 days or even longer for a nice leisurely holiday taking in the spectacular local scenery history and places to see, eat and drink.

The starting point is on the Irish Sea coast in Cumbria in either Whitehaven or Workington, and concludes in Tynemouth or Sunderland on the North Sea coast. The popular 140 mile long alternative of the C2C cycle route commences at Whitehaven, and is routed along the Whitehaven to Ennerdale Cycle path, on through Loweswater, Lorton, Whinlatter Pass and into to bustling Keswick The alternative route is from Workington along an old railway cycle path to Cockermouth, and on to Keswick.

From Keswick there is one common route through to Consett via, Penrith, Aston, Garrigill, Allenheads and Rookhope. Once at Consett cyclists have a choice of two routes either to Sunderland or Tynemouth at the mouth of the River Tyne and adjacent to Newcastle.

The Carlisle to Glasgow cycle route links to the C2Cbetween Carlisle and Penrith. It is possible to complete a circular route by...


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