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Coast to Coast (west to east)

Posted: 2 Mar 2019, 7:15pm
by ultraburner
Did a search but no joy. Was just looking for pointers/advice regarding this route. Planning on traveling from Glasgow by train then home.

As I say just garnering opinions/tips.

Re: Coast to Coast (East to West)

Posted: 2 Mar 2019, 10:01pm
by gregoryoftours
East to West is very general

Re: Coast to Coast (East to West)

Posted: 3 Mar 2019, 9:08am
by ultraburner
Apologies Whitehaven to Newcastle was the original plan although I'm happy to deviate from that. That was the reason for the post really.

I was looking for suggestions and tips on the route above.

Re: Coast to Coast (East to West)

Posted: 3 Mar 2019, 3:43pm
by 1982john
ultraburner wrote:Apologies Whitehaven to Newcastle was the original plan although I'm happy to deviate from that. That was the reason for the post really.

I was looking for suggestions and tips on the route above.


There's about half a dozen popular C2C routes. I did Morecome to Bridlington last summer. There's a cicerone book on the whitehaven route your local library might have

Re: Coast to Coast (East to West)

Posted: 3 Mar 2019, 5:11pm
by Paulatic
ultraburner wrote:Apologies Whitehaven to Newcastle was the original plan although I'm happy to deviate from that. That was the reason for the post really.

I was looking for suggestions and tips on the route above.


That’s C2C :x

Going E to W will make some of the climbs 'easier' in not as steep. Dropping into Garrigill could be fun if heavily laden and mediocre brakes. :lol:
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Re: Coast to Coast (East to West)

Posted: 3 Mar 2019, 5:24pm
by gregoryoftours
ultraburner wrote:Apologies Whitehaven to Newcastle was the original plan although I'm happy to deviate from that. That was the reason for the post really.

I was looking for suggestions and tips on the route above.


Ah ok, that's West to east though! I did that exact route at the start of June 2012, enjoyed it a lot. Camped at campsites, just rang ahead on the same day and was ok. If you are taking the train to Windermere like we did you can take a ride to Whitehaven over the iconic hardknott and wrynose passes (as long as you have low gears, some weight on the front preferable as if you're rear weighted you'll find it hard to keep the front wheel in the ground. I needed my mountain bike gears to get up and over with camping gear), camp at Whitehaven and set of the next day. We used the cicerone c2c guide which is useful, and also interesting (and small so it doesn't weigh much). The last stretch into Newcastle/tynemouth isn't up to much from what I remember, kind of boring flat old railway line path through trees and not much to see, but up to that point it's a lovely route, quiet roads and a fair amount of off-road sections (not rough). If you have a bit more time ending further south at Robin hood bay might be a nicer end to the route. I think we did it in a leisurely 3 days.

Re: Coast to Coast (west to east)

Posted: 3 Mar 2019, 7:39pm
by ultraburner
I've changed the title accordingly. I do know my East from West I had posted this after a couple of Bowmore's

Thanks alot for all the input. I will try to source the C2C guide quoted above.

I understand there may be some issues getting bikes on the train from Carlisle to Whitehaven right enough.

Re: Coast to Coast (west to east)

Posted: 4 Mar 2019, 7:12am
by Oldjohnw
I am cycling Hadrian's Cycleway (Whitehaven to Tynemouth) in May, using campsites. None of the sites need booking in advance and all are next to, or near to, pubs. I use an electric motor and have arranged charging en route.

Re: Coast to Coast (East to West)

Posted: 4 Mar 2019, 9:28am
by foxyrider
gregoryoftours wrote:
ultraburner wrote:Apologies Whitehaven to Newcastle was the original plan although I'm happy to deviate from that. That was the reason for the post really.

I was looking for suggestions and tips on the route above.


Ah ok, that's West to east though! I did that exact route at the start of June 2012, enjoyed it a lot. Camped at campsites, just rang ahead on the same day and was ok. If you are taking the train to Windermere like we did you can take a ride to Whitehaven over the iconic hardknott and wrynose passes (as long as you have low gears, some weight on the front preferable as if you're rear weighted you'll find it hard to keep the front wheel in the ground. I needed my mountain bike gears to get up and over with camping gear), camp at Whitehaven and set of the next day. We used the cicerone c2c guide which is useful, and also interesting (and small so it doesn't weigh much). The last stretch into Newcastle/tynemouth isn't up to much from what I remember, kind of boring flat old railway line path through trees and not much to see, but up to that point it's a lovely route, quiet roads and a fair amount of off-road sections (not rough). If you have a bit more time ending further south at Robin hood bay might be a nicer end to the route. I think we did it in a leisurely 3 days.


Robin Hood's Bay is a big deviation from Newcastle!

Re: Coast to Coast (west to east)

Posted: 4 Mar 2019, 7:13pm
by gregoryoftours
Oh yes, it's miles away, isn't it? I didn't realise. I'm sure I heard or read of people doing that as an alternative destination and so I assumed that it was a 'thing' but maybe they just forked down about half way or something, and re-planned half of the route.

Re: Coast to Coast (west to east)

Posted: 4 Mar 2019, 9:51pm
by captain offensive
Wrote up my c2c West to east here

http://www.richmay.co.uk/c2c/

Re: Coast to Coast (west to east)

Posted: 19 Mar 2019, 8:12pm
by Jamesh
I did two day morcombe to Scarborough via lakes sales and north York Moors 200miles.

I'm going to do it again in a day - morcombe direct to Scarborough race the train. First train into morcombe and last train out...
Cheers James

Re: Coast to Coast (west to east)

Posted: 20 Mar 2019, 10:41am
by RickH
Jamesh wrote:I did two day morcombe to Scarborough via lakes sales and north York Moors 200miles.

I'm going to do it again in a day - morcombe direct to Scarborough race the train. First train into morcombe and last train out...
Cheers James

At the risk of being pedantic, I presume you mean Morecambe (near Lancaster) rather than the tiny hamlet of Morcombe in Gloucestershire? (or Morcombe Plantation in Devon) :D

Re: Coast to Coast (west to east)

Posted: 20 Mar 2019, 4:03pm
by Jamesh
Sorry yes Morcombe in Lancashire!

Cheers James