Biking Coast to Coast Family Adventure Capital

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

Written by Stuart Wickes

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 idea. We didn’t see much of the start in Workington due to freezing fog and didn’t fancy finishing in the cold and dark.  So we waited till Sunday morning, when the sun finally showed up in Sunderland, making for a glorious last few miles to find the official finish point.  

Ready to finish after a good night’s sleep

Premier Inn Sunderland C2C

By Sunday morning we were relaxed and raring to go after a great nights’s sleep

Sunderland lives up to its sunny name

C2C on the Wear

It was a beautiful sunny winter’s morning, perfect for a ride along the River Wear

C2C Wear Sunderland

And there was plenty of interest in the last four miles to make a day of it!

It’s sculptures all the way

Sun sculpture C2C Sunderland

This being a Sunday in Sunderland,
the Sun had to make an appearance

Sculpture C2C Sunderland

Along with many interesting sculptures reflecting the areas industrial heritage

Still time to stop and think

C2C Wear Sunderland

There was time for meditation over the weeks achievements

C2C End at Sunderland

And time to hang out in other ways too

Before finding the C2C route end

C2C End Sculpture Sunderland

After a little asking around we found out
we’d already been hanging out at the C sculpture
that marks the official end of the route.

Time for one last ritual

Toes in the sea Sunderland

Which only left one other thing to do

C2C Sunderland

Sea to Sea. Coast to Coast. C2C. Mission Accomplished.

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We did this C2C ride across England, from Workington to Sunderland, as part of our Family Adventure Capital Season. We’re exploring different ways families can adventure together in and around Cumbria, sharing ideas and inspiration to encourage families to get out, get active and adventure together.
Got some ideas for things we should try? Let us know.

About the author

Stuart Wickes

Stuart's the adventure addict half of the team, always trying to persuade the family to get out, do more, go further. As co-founder and co-director he handles the business, creative, design, technical and publishing aspects of the project. He is our chief photographer and videographer. With training as a professional learning and development consultant. an engineer and musician, his contribution is eclectic and unpredictable!


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