Minibus and Bicycles
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A classic, coast to coast cycle challenge across the rugged landscapes of Northern England.
From the Cumbrian coastline to Tynemouth on the North Sea, you'll cross the full breadth of northern England by pedal power alone, navigating winding country lanes, mountain passes and disused railway lines, passing through forest, valley and moorland along the way.
Marvel at the majestic beauty of some of England's most captivating landscapes and enjoy moments of joy, humour and euphoria with like-minded people, on this iconic cycling challenge. Plus, with all details taken care of, including your very own Premium Hybrid Bike, all you'll need to bring is yourself!
You'll be collected from your chosen pick-up point and transferred to Penrith. 'The gateway to the Northern Lakes', the town is renowned for its historic landmarks, most notably, the striking 14th-century castle, and after checking in to your B&B, you will have the remainder of the day to explore as you please.
After breakfast, we'll drive to the coastal town of Whitehaven where we'll commence the challenge. Heading east along walled country lanes, you'll enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery the Lake District has to offer: lush fields, backed by stunning panoramas of the rugged fells, dense forests, and quaint hamlets. We'll face our first serious test as we make the steep ascent into Whinlatter forest, before stopping at the visitor centre for a bite to eat and a hot drink. After a rapid descent into Keswick, we'll spend the afternoon traversing winding quiet lanes, disused railways, and country roads, before we reach our B&B in Penrith in the evening.
After a hearty breakfast, we head on to the Pennines. We'll pass the River Eden and Langwathby, then begin our ascent to Hartside Pass, climbing for 3-4 miles before enjoying a freewheeling descent towards the charming village of Alston. From Alston it's on to Nenthead (one of the most challenging parts of the route) then on to the highest point of C2C route, as we cross into Northumberland, descending, then climbing gradually again before we make our final descent into the village of Allenheads, our destination for the night.
Our final day begins with a steep ascent from the village as we climb through the valley head into open moorland where we'll make a long liberating descent into the village of Rookhope. We'll then ascend to 'Waskerley Way', and there, enjoy a brief stop at the cyclist's cafe housed in a former miners railway station. We'll head on following the disused railway line through open moorland, before making the descent towards Consett. Passing the town, we'll meet Derwent Walk, another disused railway line, that will take us through to Newcastle. Following the Tyne, we'll enjoy striking views of the city and it's iconic bridge, before heading on through Wallsend and North Shields, past a marina, and on, alongside the Tyne for our final stretch to the North Sea. After one final, short climb, we'll ascend into Tynemouth, reaching our final destination, the town's scenic bay, where we'll relish in the sense of achievement as we enjoy views of Tynemouth Castle and Priory on the headland above, along with panoramic vistas of the open sea. You'll enjoy a hard-earned victory meal and receive your well-deserved medals, before departing to your designated drop off point.
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The challenge is designed for those who cycle regularly and are comfortable with cycling long distances. However, we also provide all users with an optional 8-week fitness plan to help them achieve a base level of fitness.
You will meet the tour at your chosen pick up location, either Nottingham, Birmingham, Manchester, or Penrith.
We're offering an awesome discount on all official Bookitlist tours and you can now book this amazing tour for a limited time only price of just £597pp.
We try our best to ensure every participant completes the challenge. However, if for any reason you are unable to finish, there will be a safety vehicle on hand to pick you up.
Yes, we provide all participants with a Premium Hybrid Bike, so there is no need to worry about bringing your own.
Rob was a fantastic guide. The trip was very enjoyable and Robs knowledge and expertise were great. Would defo recommend
Excellent service from start to finish. I booked the National 3 Peasks challenge in 24 hours. i had regular communication from Rob and the team prioe to the event checking in on my progress, which really spurred me on as well as a helpful fitness plan i has to folow. For the challenge itself Rob and Tim really helped put the group at ease, and was very encouraging. Such a credit to business. i would not hesitate at all in recommending bookitlist to friends and family and will define use again in the future. Thank you for pushing me to finish the challenge!
Just come back from completing the 24 hour natinal 3 Peaks Challenge with Bookitlist. 25-27th June 2021. From start to finish the group I was in was well looked after. From pick up to drop off the team were well organised & made the experience/challenge as enoyable & relaxing as possible. an unforgettable experience & will definitely be looking out for what other trips they have to offer.
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