Cicerone The C2C Cycle Route

The Coast to Coast bike ride
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Guidebook to the Coast to Coast (C2C) Sustrans cycle route. The 140 mile route from Whitehaven or Workington to Tynemouth or Sunderland is mostly on cycle paths, forest tracks and minor roads with off-road options and taster day rides described. The cycle-friendly route is suitable for all abilities, and is described over 5 days.

Cicerone says:

Guide to the 140 mile Coast to Coast (C2C) Sustrans cycle route from Whitehaven or Workington to Tynemouth or Sunderland. It takes in some of northern England's finest scenery on cycle paths, forest tracks and minor roads, with off-road options and a selection of taster day rides also described in the book.

The route is described as a 5-day ride, from west to east with variant first and final legs, from Workington and to Sunderland. Itineraries are also included for 2, 3 and 4-day options, and riding the route from east to west.

Detailed profiles and OS mapping illustrate each stage, and information is provided for those riding the route with children. The C2C is a popular cycle challenge, whether undertaken over a single day or a full week. The Hadrian's Wall and Reivers' Way cycle routes also offer great options for a return trip.

For nearly 50 years Cicerone have been producing guidebooks on recognised treks, regions, areas and general tips for hikers.

We have used them countless times and they've always provided excellent insight and knowledge that you only get through experience, giving you the edge to make your trip a success and more enjoyable too.

If you're a gram counter you can easily remove sections of the book to take with you making your own ultra-lightweight guidebook with only the essential sections that you require.

- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear


April through to October can be a wonderful time to ride the C2C, but spring or autumn can also provide gale-force winds and unseasonably low temperatures; summer is the best time for riding the C2C


Whitehaven, Workington, Keswick, Langwathby, Nenthead, Consett, Sunderland, Tynemouth and places in between!


Accessible to any cyclist, whether over 1 or 5 days; however fit you are, do some training beforehand to get the most enjoyment from the ride

Must See

Lake District and Pennine scenery; dramatic landscapes; interesting historical monuments, villages, towns and cities; great traffic-free cycle paths
  • Weight: 180g
  • Published: 14 Jul 2011
  • Reprinted: 23 Feb 2021
  • Edition: First
  • Number of pages: 160
  • Size: 17.2 x 11.6 x 1.0cm

Table of Contents

Why do it?
Choosing your route
When to go
Getting there and getting back
Planning your itinerary
Specialist C2C companies
Where to stay
Choosing your bike
What to take
Food and drink
What to wear
Navigation and waymarking
Stamp collecting
Using this guide
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

Appendix A Route summary table
Appendix B Suggested itineraries (4, 3 and 2 days)
Appendix C Useful contacts
Appendix D Riding the C2C from east to west
Appendix E Pre-ride bike medical
Appendix F Mending a puncture

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