The C2C (‘Sea to Sea’) cycle route
UK cycle trails
The C2C route is a coast-to-coast cycle ride across England which connects the Irish Sea to the North Sea. The route was opened in 1994 and starts at Whitehaven on the west coast of Cumbria before ending on the north east coast at Sunderland.
The route travels through the northern Lake District before passing through Penrith and the Eden Valley, and then goes on towards the Northern Pennines. It then continues down into the Durham Dales before taking riders into the old industrial heartlands towards the North Sea and Sunderland.
How difficult is the C2C cycle route?
It’s best to ride this route from west to east in order to take advantage of the prevailing winds from the west — as well as have the gradients in your favour. Since it passes through the Pennines, there are some challenging climbs — the highest point being over 2,000ft — but it is suitable for recreational cyclists as well as the more committed bikers. Some sections of the route involve riding through exposed, isolated, upland areas — so be prepared!
Distance: 140 miles (approximately 225km)