Coast to Coast

Cycle Coast to Coast across Alfred Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Way for an exhilarating cycling holiday.

Coast to Coast

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Our mission is to sprinkle a little bit of magic to create unforgettable memories in our very own, beautiful, Great Britain.

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Coast to Coast Packhorse
The UK’s only travel company specialising in Alfred Wainwright’s C2C Way route.

Cycle the
Coast to Coast Way

The Coast to Coast cycling route is a UK based biking trip across stunning landscape from St Bee’s to Robin Hood’s Bay. The C2C bike ride is more than 280km over varied terrain. However, the routes for cyclists can be altered to be even longer. Each of Packhorse’s coast to coast cycling tour packages is bespoke. Therefore riders can choose whether they want to spend three days or a week making the trip, depending on your fitness, experience and cycling style.

How to Cycle the Coast to Coast Way

Our cycling tour packages reflect our expertise. Specifically, we specialise in the coast to coast journey first set out by Alfred Wainwright. We offer mountain biking options as well as road bike options.

C2C Mountain Biking

It is possible to travel between the shorelines using a mountain bike, whilst taking in some amazing sightseeing. The mountain bike route is known as the Tim Woodcock route and includes the following places:

  • Ennerdale Water
  • Wastwater
  • Ambleside
  • Kentmere

C2C Road Biking

Alternatively, we offer road biking routes ranging from 290km to 320km.

The C2C cycling routes include local cycling challenges such as:

  • Honister Pass
  • ‘The Struggle’
  • Wrynose

The 2024 season runs from 1st April- 20th October, and provides the flexibility to book on any date throughout our season, except when booking the guided holidays with set dates.

Below are some suggestions to help with your itinerary. The planning stage should be an enjoyable experience as you put together a trip to remember. There is no right or wrong route to take and we believe it should be specific to you – your level of fitness, type of bike, interests, available time frame, time you wish to spend riding each day – and we would be pleased to help advise and put together a personalised schedule for you.

Mountain Biking – Tim Woodcock Route (Approx 289km – Total ascent 5214m)

Whilst there are various mountain route options available, the principal and fully documented route was originally devised by Tim Woodcock. Initially following the Sustrans cycleway from the west coast the route heads down the side of Ennerdale Water, over Black Sail past the end of Wastwater and on to Eskdale. From Eskdale the route east is via Ambleside, Kentmere and on to Shap at the Lake District’s edge. It would be fair to say that areas across the Lakes are demanding and tough but but rewarded by some good down-hills and a huge sense of achievement.

Beyond the Lake District and the Pennines high point of Tan Hill (highest pub in England) there is some lovely riding through Swaledale to Richmond. Beyond here you take to tarmac across to Osmotherley before some great off road along the Cleveland Hills and on to the North York Moors.

Road Biking

By no means less exhilarating, the tarmac routes allow you to take full advantage of the network of quiet county roads that span the country. Having navigated your way across the Lake District and passed through Kirkby Stephen mid-way you’ll enjoy the lovely rolling Yorkshire Dales and the more challenging North Yorkshire Moors beyond, with trips lasting from 2 to 7 days.

Road Biking alternatives across the Lake District

Approx 320km Total ascent 5076m Approx 292km Total ascent 4463m Approx 290km Total ascent 4306m
Route via Rosthwaite (up Honister pass) and from there on through to Grasmere (via Keswick) and Patterdale (via Ambleside, ‘The Struggle’ & Kirkstone – before joining the above route at Pooley Bridge on the end of Ullswater. Slightly further south from St Bees to Eskdale and then straight across to Ambleside via the Hard Knott & Wrynose roller-coaster. From Ambleside the route also then takes you up ‘The Struggle’ and on to Patterdale. The Sustrans route (including some cycle ways on old rail lines) via Loweswater & The Whinlatter Pass to Keswick and on as far as the ‘Troutbeck Turn’ off the A66. The route then tracks more southerley via Matterdale and Pooley Bridge, Bampton & Shap.

From Orton the 3 routes follow the same route into Kirkby Stephen, through to Richmond before the flat section on lanes through Danby Wiske and Osmotherley before the hills return in the North York Moors National Park.


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Coast to Coast Blog

Read our Coast to Coast Explorers Blog. Here we share all of our company news and local information direct from our team on the C2C Way route in Kirkby Stephen. We also share tonnes of useful guides to mountains around the UK and valuable ‘before you travel’ articles about Alfred Wainwright’s famous 192-mile route.

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