Biking Coast to Coast Family Adventure Capital

Dip your toes in the Irish sea: starting the C2C

Written by Stuart Wickes

Dip your toes in the Irish sea: starting the C2C

Sunday was our first day on our winter C2C tour. The C2C is a classic coast to coast cycle route across Northern England with a couple of different start and finish points some and a variety of on and off road options. The route we’ve chosen starts in Workington on the West Coast and will take us to Sunderland on the East Coast, crossing the Lake District National Park and the Pennines. Here’s a little photo essay from our first foggy day on the trail. Not that we got to see much! 

Late Saturday night, and the bikes were finally loaded

No mention of the C2C at the Adventure hub

On the way to the start, the kids checked out adventure options at the Rheged Family Hub

The hub confirmed many unusual Cumbrian adventure options.
Didn’t mention the C2C though!

Our ride starts in foggy Workington

Down at Workington, fog enveloped us and the start.

Getting set up we lost one allen key in the river…
and almost one bike and one boy (look carefully).

After a little drama we were ready to go

It wasn’t long before the boys were raring to go

At the start they studied the well worn C2C compass. For a nanosecond.

First stop, the start!

Then posed for the glamorous C2C start photo at ‘The Lighthouse’

Of course the real start was down on the beach

And then the traditional dipping of the toes

Where custom dicates one should dip ones toes in the Irish Sea.

Although purists prefer to dip a bike wheel.

Have you taken on a family challenge?
Do leave a comment and tell us about it. 

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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