Sea to Sea (C2C) Coast to Coast Cycle Route

Start: Workington/Whitehaven to Tynemouth/Sunderland
Distance: 136 miles
Terrain: Road / Off road, traffic free
Bike Types: Mountain bikes, Hybrid, Touring bikes
Grading : Moderate

The Sea To Sea is the cycling equivalent to Alfred Wainwright’s coast-to-coast walking route. It was created in 1994 and is one of England’s most popular cycling routes with an estimated 12000–15,000 cyclists completing it annually.  Its a great coast to coast route for riders who are reasonably fit. There are a few notable hills including the climb up to Hartside and then Nenthead. The final 40 miles or so are gently downhill and normally assisted by a nice westerly tail wind.

The route is suitable for all bike types. There are some off road sections but these have road alternatives if you have a road bike. The cycle route can be done in either direction but West to East is probably best to take advantage of prevailing winds.

The route can be done in a day if you are fit enough but we recommend 3/4 days allowing you time to enjoy the views and places along the way. There is plenty of accommodation along the route if you decide to take your gear with you. Alternatively there are a number of cycle tour operators who will arrange accommodation and take your luggage for you.

Cycling Maps

Sea To Sea Map & GPX
Download file: C2CWhitehavenviaStanhopetoTynemouth2015.gpx
Sea To Sea Accommodation

Alston Youth Hostel, Alston Cumbria.  A 3 star independent hotel, drying room, laundry, cycle storage

Woodlands Country House and Cottage, Wigton,Cumbria.  Stay in the main house or the cottage. A former Victorian rectory, offering licensed bed and breakfast accommodation.