There are many cycling routes in England, but I think this is one of the most famous long distance ride – Coast to Coast cycle challenge. It’s likely to take you around three of four days – perfect for a long weekend trip, It’s 136 miles long and crosses two Northern Mountain ranges, the Lake District and the Pennines. Which is a good enough excuse to give it a go.
Why you should go:
The route takes you through some breath taking English country side including Keswick, Eden Valley and Penrith. It also has some great down hill descents, which are pretty rewarding after some grueling climbs. This route isn’t for the beginner cyclist but is definitely worth a try.
Things to bear in mind
If you do decide to do the coast to coast challenge, then there are a few things that you should prepare before hand:
- Get a cycle
- Get some specialist gear (at least padded shorts and a rain jacket)
- Pannier bags (unless you are lucky enough to have someone following you in a car)
- Prepare yourself for hills
Where do you want to stay – campsite vs B&B
There are positives to both, campsites are cheaper and in summer could be a very fun option but on the other hand a B&B guarantees you a comfy bed and a hot shower after a hard days ride.
Either way there are plenty of places to stay along the route and plenty of traditional English pubs to keep you warm at night. It’s a really easy route to navigate and I can see why it is so popular with cyclists.
If you want a bit more of a challenge you could also try to beat the record set for route of just over ten hours. Good luck and hope you have fun.
The scratch off world map was a brilliant resource of us whilst planning your trip.