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Cicerone Guides: The C2C Cycle Route: Coast to Coast across Northern England

Walking / Outdoor Guide

Series: Cicerone Guides

By: Jeremy Evans

160 pages, 7 OS strip maps and profiles, over 80 colour photos

Cicerone Press

Paperback | Jul 2011 | #192870 | ISBN-13: 9781852846497
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NHBS Price: £12.95 $17/€14 approx

About this book

New guide to the Coast to Coast (C2C) Sustrans cycle route, across the UK, from Whitehaven or Workington to Tynemouth or Sunderland, through the English Lake District, the Eden Valley and the Pennines. The C2C is the UK's most popular cycle challenge, whether undertaken over a single day or a full week, and has become a modern classic. 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 here. The Hadrian's Wall and Reivers' Way cycle routes also offer great options for a return trip. The route is described here as a 5-day route, from west to east, itineraries are also included for 2, 3 and 4-day options, along with sections on cycle maintenance and puncture-mending and riding the route from east to west. Detailed profiles and OS mapping illustrate each stage.


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 rides
- Ride 1 Lakeland Loop
- Ride 2 West Coast Loop
- Ride 3 Western C2C Loop
- Ride 4 The Old Coach Road
- Ride 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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Jeremy Evans has produced books on all his favourite outdoor activities, with titles covering sailing, windsurfing, trekking and camping, as well as cycling on road and on trail. He pioneered 300 great cycle routes across the UK before discovering the delights of riding Audax marathons up to 400 km. With his family he has enjoyed extensive cycling tours in France, Switzerland and the UK.

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