Coast to Coast

In August 2013, I cycled coast to coast in aid of charity.

I have really got back into cycling in the last few years when I got a job working in my home town of Reading and started commuting to work by bike.

The habit has stuck, and now I have Diabetes it is even more important that I keep fit and maintain a healthy weight so I felt the urge to try a real cycling challenge!

The route I took started in Whitehaven on the West coast and weaved its way 140 miles via National Cycle Routes 71 and 7 to Tynemouth on the opposite side of the UK.  Three days of riding in total – here is the itinerary:

DAY 1: Whitehaven to Penrith

We met early morning on the waterfront in Whitehaven for event registration. The C2C sculpture marks the start of our epic challenge across Britain! We began the ride taking local back roads which then led us into the Lake District National Park, past Ennerdale Water and Loweswater, before the climb up and over Whinlatter Pass. We descended and passed through Keswick before another climb up past Blencathra and continue east to Penrith.

Cycling distance – approx. 50 miles

Day 2: Penrith to Allenheads

After breakfast we continued on our challenge. This was a tough day that involved a long, steep climb over Hartside (580m) but also a great descent down towards Garrigill! More steep climbs awaited us out of Nenthead up to the highest point on the National Cycle Network (609m) before we descended down to Allenheads where the friendly staff at the local Inn welcomed us with a well-earned pint!

Cycling distance – approx. 40 miles

Day 3: Allenheads to Tynemouth

After breakfast there were more steep climbs to Rookhope and Parkhead, but once they were behind us we descended towards the North Sea with our route crossing some beautiful open moors along the Waskerley Way down to Consett. From here we cycled along Derwent Walk, an old railway line. The route became more built up as it passed into Newcastle and followed the River Tyne to our finish line at Tynemouth, where we dipped our front wheels in the North Sea!

Cycling distance – approx. 50 miles

You can see more details about Coast to Coast Route 71 here:

Link to Sustrans website »

You can download the brochure for the event here

I intend to keep my blog updated with my training progress and I am going to video the trip itself for the blog too.

If you would like to sponsor me, you can find my just giving page at – your support is very much appreciated and all proceeds will go to Diabetes UK.


TDBR71 £10 to 70070