Wag & Company Coast to Coast 2020

Saturday 13 June 2020 & Sunday 14 June

Route Overview

We will be following the UK’s most popular challenge cycle route – the C2C.

Often thought to stand for ‘Coast to Coast’, C2C is actually short for ‘Sea to Sea’. The iconic route travels 128 miles between the Irish Sea and the North Sea, from Cumbria to Tyneside, passing through the northern Lake District before climbing the Pennines and descending to County Durham then heading through Gateshead and along the River Tyne to Tynemouth.

Our route primarily follows the Sustrans C2C paths 71, 7, 14 & 72 with a few small alterations to avoid off-road sections and to ensure we are always near our accommodation.

Our route starts at Workington and ends at Tynemouth and consists of many miles, climbs and sweeping descents with approximately 45% of the route being on low / traffic-free roads.

The map below shows the route from start to finish and the places we will pass through.  

NOTE: Click any of the maps on this page to get more detailed route information.

The route profile below shows the climbs and descents for the entire route and gives an indication of its difficulty.

The route is extremely challenging and contains a mix of ‘category’ hills. You can find more about hill categories here

For those of you who like detail, the profile and table below provide specific details about the climbs on our route that are categorised.  There are many other climbs during the ride, but these are smaller and not categorised.

Name Category Start Mileage Max Gradient (%)
Eleventrees, Keswick
5
25.4
10.6
Guardhouse
5
29.2
5.6
Troutbeck
5
31.4
5.9
Fell Lane, Penrith
5
45.1
11.2
Little Salkeld
5
51.6
8.7
Hartside Pass
2
57.3
10.3
Alston Cobbles & Nunnery Hill
3
67.0
9.8
Fairhill & Black Hill, Nenthead
4
73.4
11.6
Fawside Plantation, Allenheads
4
79.1
10.4
Rookhope Burn
5
86.4
11.4
Crawleyside
3
90.4
16.0
A68 Climb
5
99.4
9.0

Route - Day 1

We will be starting day one in Workington, Cumbria then passing through the northern Lake District before starting to climb the Pennines and completing day one in the small town of Alston the ‘highest market town in England’.

Day one starts easy with the first ten miles easing riders in with relatively flat terrain before the undulating hills start and then after lunch the main climbs start to appear.

The last climb for day one is the only category two climb – Hartside Pass where there are magnificent views across the Solway Firth to Scotland. From the viewpoint at the Hartside Top, you can see Helvellyn, Great Gable, Skiddaw, and in Southern Scotland – Criffel.  You then have a fantastic sweeping descent into Alston where day one is completed and a nice shower and drink has been well earned.

The map and profile below show details of the day one route.

Route - Day 2

Starting day two from Alston and the climbs start almost immediately with a category three climb that gets the blood pumping while you ride through the magnificent scenery of the northern and eastern Pennines.

You ride through the beautiful areas of Nenthead, Allenhead and Rookhope before breaking for an early lunch.  After lunch you have the joys of tackling the second category three climb – Crawleyside, and once conquered there are magnificent views for miles around and a fantastic descent all the way to Edmundbyers.

The last 25 miles of the route take you over the Gateshead Millennium Bridge and through the famous Newcastle Quayside before following the river Tyne all the way to Tynemouth where you can celebrate completing this magnificent and rewarding challenge.

The map and profile below show details of the day two route.

GPX Files

You can download GPX files of the route for our event below.

By downloading these files you agree to the following conditions:

    1. Whilst we take every care to ensure the GPX files are accurate, you acknowledge that the route is undertaken entirely at your own risk and Wag and Company can accept no responsibility or liability, nor gives any warranty, as to the accuracy of any of the information on these files.
    2. You acknowledge that Wag and Company is the owner of the GPX file data and it is made available to download only for your own personal use. It must not be made available to download from other websites.

Route - Day 1

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Route - Day 2

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