Biking Coast to Coast Family Adventure Capital

Over the Pennines from Nenthead (C2C Day 5)

Written by Stuart Wickes

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 and down to Allenshead and Rookhope. After four days riding we finally reached the edge of Cumbria, rode briefly in Northumberland and ended the day in Consett, County Durham.

Goodbye Lovelady

Lovelady Shield Hotel

It was a shame to leave but we had an early appointment up the road in Nenthead. Lovelady Shield Country House Hotel set us up for the day
with an award winning Brilliant Breakfast
Read more about our visit to this award winning country house hotel here.

Hello Dick Phillips

Dick Phillips

With Dick Phillips, a specialist in Icelandic Cycle Touring.
He gave us some ideas for our summer tour in Iceland.
And warned us of a tough day ahead climbing over the Pennines.

Misty on the moors

Moors near Alston

Up in the hills it was winter conditions, cool, misty with not much to see

Out of Cumbria and into Northumberland

Northumberland Border

Except the odd border crossing, leaving Cumbria behind after 4 days riding across it

This is mining country

Allenshead mine shaft

This is mining country and the evidence is all around, like here in Allenshead

Climbing on the moors

Back on the high fells the boys put the climbing skills they picked up in Keswick to good use

Buddhist geocache

And found the strangest of objects concealed in the bee hive cairn, a Buddhist geocache?

Rookhope – not quite in bloom


Down in Rookhope this made us chuckle. But in their defence, it is winter.

On the right track

C2C milestone

Beyond Rookhope, we tried the off road trail marked by one of the classic C2C milestones

Or is that off the track?

Off road on the C2C

It was a tough ride off road up and across towards Consett,
but we made it eventually. In the dark, of course.

Have you taken on a family challenge?
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See more of our Winter Coast to Coast (C2C) Photo Journals

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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