The Coast to Coast cycle route is also known as the C2C or the Sea to Sea.
It is 140 miles long, starts in West Cumbria, in either Whitehaven or Workington and finishes on the North East coast in either Newcastle or Sunderland.
Hostels and bunkhouses are popular among cyclists since they offer group sized rooms, budget prices and a sociable atmosphere where guests can mingle and chat about the day’s events.
Accommodation on the C2C Cycle Route
Coast to Coast (C2C) Sea to Sea Cycle Route: Whitehaven/Workington to Tynemouth/Sunderland
140 miles in length the C2C, Coast to Coast, Sea to Sea cycle route begins in West Cumbria in either Whitehaven or Workington and finishes on the North East coast in either Newcastle or Sunderland. Hostels and bunkhouses are a popular choice among participating cyclists since they offer, great value for money, group sized rooms and a sociable atmosphere where guests can mingle and chat about the day’s events.
By tradition, the route is commenced by dipping the back wheel into the Irish Sea in Cumbria and finished by dipping the front wheel in the shores of the North Sea. The route takes under a week, on average, to complete and due to the kinder gradients and prevailing winds, is usually completed from West to East.
Route of the Coast to Coast (C2C) Sea to Sea
The route passes through the English Lake District, the Eden Valley and the Pennines, covering some of Britain’s most magnificent scenery and jaw dropping landscapes while revealing unspoilt villages and hamlets along the way. Hostels and bunkhouses offer a friendly and convenient place to stay for cyclists, often at half the price of a B&B or a hotel. You will likely meet and exchange stories with other cyclists and maybe even share a few useful tips when planning your next leg of the route.
The main routes are the Coast to Coast (C2C) route from Whitehaven, or Workington in the Lake District to Tynemouth or Sunderland on the Durham coast and the Mountain Bike Coast to Coast which take a similar route over more adventurous terrain. The map below shows the locations of youth hostels, independent hostels and bunkhouses along the traditional Coast to Coast (C2C) Sea to Sea cycle route and suggests an itinerary for completing the ride using independent hostels for your accommodation. The map only shows hostels and bunkhouses which are easily reached from the route. Details of all the hostels and bunkhouses in the North of England are available on our Lake District, Yorkshire, North Pennines and Northumberland and Tyneside maps.
The Coast to Coast (C2C) Sea to Sea cycle ride, developed by Sustrans and its partners, has been open since 1994 and is one of England’s most popular cycle challenges. The route utilises National Cycle Network Routes 71, 7 and 14 which travel along unused railway line, purpose built cycle paths, unmade roads and quiet lanes.
For details of Wainwrights Coast to Coast Walk look here.
Location of accommodation on the Coast to Coast / C2C / Sea to Sea cycle ride (West to East).
SUMMERGROVE HALLS is close to Whitehaven, one of the starting points of the C2C cycle route. Summergrove Halls provides self catering accommodation in twin rooms, double and family rooms with inside and outside cycle storage. Cyclists on the C2C are eligible for a 10% discount on accommodation cost. Quote C2C when makeing your booking.
SWALLOW BARN CAMPING BARN is right on the C2C cycle route around 20 miles from the start at Whiteheaven. Swallow Barn lies in the picturesque Loweswater Valley and couldn’t be more convenient being right on the door step of the Coast to Coast cycle route. The camping barn is situated on a working beef and sheep farm and dates back 1670.
DERWENTWATER INDEPENDENT HOSTEL on the route, 2 miles south of Keswick.
BLAKEBECK FARM CAMPING BARN is on the route at Mungrisedale 8 miles beyond Keswick on the C2C route.
WAYFARERS INDEPENDENT HOSTEL is on the route in Penrith. The Coast to Coast cycle route passes 100m from the doorstep, secure indoor bike storage, a drying room, and cleaning and maintenance facilities make this an ideal place to stay after a hard day’s ride.
GREENGILL BARN is 6 miles south of the traditional C2C / Sea to Sea cycle route and is included on the Wiggo’s Loop extension of the C2C.
ALSTON YOUTH HOSTEL is at Alston and marks the half way point on the C2C route. It has secure indoor storage for up to 30 bikes and a large drying room.
GARRIGILL VILLAGE HALL BUNKHOUSE is approximately 4 miles from the route south of Alston.
HAGGS BANK BUNKHOUSE AND CAMPING on the route, 5 miles east of Alston in the North Pennines.
CARRSHIELD CAMPING BARN is on route, 7.5 miles east of Alston in the North Pennines.
NINEBANKS YOUTH HOSTEL is approximately 7 miles from the route in the North Pennines.
BARRINGTON BUNKHOUSE is on the route at Rookhope. Nestled within the north Pennines and close to attractions such as the Beamish open air museum and Killhope mining museum, Barrington Bunkhouse offers cyclists comfortable accommodation in an area of outstanding beauty. The bunkhouse is popular with cyclists riding the Coast to Coast route and walkers on the Weardale way.
Coast to Coast / C2C / Sea to Sea from White Horse Inn Bunkhouse along the gated road to Mungrisedale
Suggest itinerary for cycling the Coast to Coast / C2C / Sea to Sea in 5 days (West to East)
Starting on the west coast this challenging route begins in the North Lake District passing Bassenthwaite Lake if you travel the northern route or Loweswater on the southern route. It is possible to get to Workington by train (use National Rail Enquiries Plus Bike service to book your trains). SUMMERGROVE HALLS, 3 miles from Whitehaven, provides an overnight base at the start of the route. Corkickle Station, one stop beyond Whitehaven on the Carlisle to St Bees Line, is 2 miles from the accommodation. SWALLOW BARN CAMPING BARN is right on the C2C route in Loweswater around 20 miles from the start in Whitehaven.
Day One: Keswick is a great first night stop off after around 30 miles. Two mile south of Keswick on the C2C route is DERWENTWATER INDEPENDENT HOSTEL a perfect overnight choice. The HAWSE END CENTRE is accessible from the C2C route in Keswick via a regular Lake Launch and DENTON HOUSE is on the C2C route in Keswick itself. Six miles beyond Keswick on the C2C route is the THE WHITE HORSE INN BUNKHOUSE. A couple of miles further along the route is BLAKEBECK FARM CAMPING BARN on an idyllic Lakeland farm with stunning views over Blencathra and full bedding and breakfast provided for cyclists.
Day Two: The ride today takes you the 20 miles to Penrith where WAYFARERS INDEPENDENT HOSTEL is set up to welcome C2C cyclists, with secure bike storage and bike repair facilities. If you are cycling with a group GREENGILL BARN is only 6 miles away and is on the Wiggo’s Loop of the C2C. The award winning NEW ING LODGE is 9 miles off the coast to coast cycle route at Shap.
Day Three: The route takes you on 22 stunning miles to the “Roof of England” up into the North Pennines AONB. After this hard day of cycling the wonderfully isolated HAGGS BANK BUNKHOUSE & CAMPING, right on the C2C route, will provide a comfortable bunk and safe cycle storage, whilst ALSTON YOUTH HOSTEL on the C2C route at Alston has private rooms. For more basic accommodation CARRSHIELD Camping Barn will fit the bill, you will need to bring your own bedding and cooking equipment. If you fancy going little further from the C2C route try GARRIGILL VILLAGE HALL (approx 4 miles), NINEBANKS Youth Hostel (approx 7 miles) or ALLENDALE BUNKHOUSE (approx 10 miles).
Day Four: Today’s ride starts out with an ascent to the NCN’s highest point of Black Hill on the Cumbrian / Northumberland border. From then on the route begins to descend to Rookhope (22 miles) where BARRINGTON BUNKHOUSE provides a continental breakfast and meals are available in the nearby Rookhope Inn. EDMUNDBYERS YOUTH HOSTEL, at Low House Haven, is five miles further along the Coast to Coast / C2C route and has private rooms or camping.
Day Five: The last day of the Sea to Sea / C2C route is the mostly off road, former railway track route to Sunderland or via Newcastle to Tynemouth. (43 miles). Accommodation is available north-west of Newcastle at HOUGHTON NORTH FARM ACCOMMODATION.