6 days / 5 nights - £585
x1 day travel to Whitehaven, x4 days cycling, x1 day travel home from Tynemouth.
Price does not include;
Day 1 - Travel to Whitehaven
Day 2 - Cycle from Whitehaven to Keswick, distance 33 miles. This is a great day to start the trip, right through the Lake District National park on a combination of cycle paths, quiet roads and great off road trails. There are two or three true off road sections of the route through Buttermere and Whinlatter where you can decide if you would like to take the off road route or not. The trails are really fun and offer a combination of hard packed trail and a bit of grassy singletrack, as well as some forest fire road and some man made singletrack. Add in a challenging climb over Whinlatter pass and it makes for a great taste of Lakes biking. Stay overnight in the bustling town of Keswick.
Day 3 - Cycle from Keswick to Alston, distance 42 miles. You have the choice to hit the off road trails almost straight away out of Keswick today with a really nice ride past Castlerigg stone circle - there are great views from here. Then you can choose the old coach road (this is definitely mountain bike terrain) with a tough climb and beautiful views of Skiddaw and Blencathra in the background. Alternatively there are cycle paths and quiet roads in the valley that you can use instead. Once you reach the bustling town of Penrith you find one of the biggest challenges of the entire trip as you cross the Pennines. You’ll reach a height of almost 1900ft by the time you’re at the top...there’s a handy café there though so you’ll be able to get a well-deserved cup of tea and piece of cake! After that it’s all downhill and you’ll spend the night in a lovely guest house or small hotel in Alston, surrounded by remote moorland.
Day 4 - Cycle from Alston to Castleside, distance 35 miles. Winding, scenic country roads take you from Alston through remote Pennine villages such as Allenheads and Nenthead and there are a few sharp climbs to keep you on your toes through some stunning deserted moorlands. Just remember, what goes up must come down so there are an equal number of speedy descents as well! You will despatch the last of the big climbs before the day is out and have the choice of the old railway lines or some nice moorland singletrack to take you to a small hotel near Castleside.
Day 5 - Cycle from Castleside to Tynemouth, distance 32 miles. It’s the final leg of the journey with a gradual downhill all the way to the North Sea along purpose-built trails. It’s a great way to finish the trip and the old railway network makes for a great cycle path right through Newcastle. You can then stay the night in Tynemouth which is a lovely place to celebrate your fantastic achievement!
Day 6 - Travel home.