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A journey’s never over til it’s over: C2C Sunderland

A journey’s never over til it’s over: C2C Sunderland A week after leaving the West Coast in Workington on our Winter Coast to Coast ride we were with reach of the East Coast near Sunderland. But a journey is never over until it’s over. And it’s not always when you expect it. But isn’t that […]

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Ever felt you were destined to meet? At Lyzzick Hall

Ever felt you were destined to meet someone? Day two of our winter C2C tour took us along Lorton Vale, up the Whinlatter Pass and down into the popular North Lakes town of Keswick. After refuelling on fish and chips, we headed into the descending gloom of a winters night to search for our hotel; […]

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We climbed out of Cumbria and arrived in Iceland

We climbed out of Cumbria and arrived in Iceland About half way through our winter C2C tour we stopped off in Nenthead to visit Dick Phillips, an expert in Icelandic cycle touring. We were hoping to shape some more definitive plans for a summer tour of Iceland but you don’t always get what you want […]

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You’re in the North East now laddie… at Beamish

You’re in the North East now laddie… Beyond the edge of the Pennines, the C2C drops down into a different world, a world dominated by its’ industrial heritage, as we found out as we rode on towards the C2C finish at the North Sea in Sunderland. After days riding over moorland we find ourselves at […]

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Welcome in a wild place at Lovelady Shield Hotel

Welcome to wild eastern fringes of Cumbria There’s much more to Cumbria than the drama of the Lake District. Out east, beyond the Eden Valley the land rises up to the high moors of the Northern Pennines. Our winter C2C tour took us across a slice of this other Cumbria, and included a visit to […]

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Climbing the walls in Keswick: Family climbing?

Our Family Capital of Adventure UK season continues with a ‘have a go’ visit to Keswick Climbing Wall. Being on the Coast to Coast (C2C) route, it looked a really convenient stop off on our Coast to Coast cycle adventure. And so it was, well, kind of…. Climbing the walls: Keswick Climbing Wall Ok, we knew […]

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A Great Night’s Sleep? It’s what we all need..

Cyclists welcome at Premier Inn

A Great Night’s Sleep – Premier Inn Sunderland A great night’s sleep. It’s what we all need, especially after such a long day’s cycling. It’s cold now and getting dark. But we’re almost at the end of our C2C ride across Northern England. Just 6 miles to the finish sign in Sunderland. We could do […]

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Ride’s End: The Wear, Sunderland (C2C Day 7)

Ride’s End: The Wear, Sunderland (C2C Day 7) We expected to finish our Coast to Coast ride on Friday night, but after helping out the striking miners at Beamish, then dealing with a puncture, we ended up rolling up at the Premier Inn Sunderland in the dark and it didn’t seem like such a good […]

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Into the North East: Beamish to Sunderland (C2C Day 6)

A North East Welcome: Beamish to Sunderland C2C Day 6 Day 6 of our C2C winter ride across England and it should have been our last. The route guide says it is should be the easiest day, downhill almost all the way, but we stayed a little off route, had an unexpected struggle up Blackhill, […]

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Over the Pennines from Nenthead (C2C Day 5)

Over the Pennines: Nenthead, Allenhead & the moors C2C Day 5 Day 5 of our C2C ride saw us riding through the Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, not that we got to see too much of it in the swirling mist that dominated the high moorland. After leaving Alston and Nenthead we headed up […]

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