The Sea to Sea (C2C), one of England’s most popular long-distance cycle routes, runs through the heart of the North Pennines. The route offers one of the best ways to discover the North Pennines on two wheels.
A great challenge
The 147 mile Sea to Sea (C2C) cycle route was opened in 1994 running from Whitehaven on the west coast of Cumbria to the North East coast at Sunderland, and has an average of between 12,000 and 15,000 cyclists completing the route end to end every year and many more users riding shorter sections.
The route is a favourite with people fundraising for charities for which it is a perfect challenge.
C2C in the North Pennines
Within the North Pennines the C2C begins with the challenging Hartside climb before crossing Alston Moor to Allenheads and on to Rookhope before the second steep hill to Parkhead above Stanhope. After this it is all downhill!
Infrastructure along the C2C is good with various options for accommodation, arranged holidays and other support services. Follow the link to the C2C Guide website below.
The route can be ridden entirely on road but there are off road options.
Sustrans manage the route in partnership with local authorities and other organisations.