2011 Cycle Tour – Route Planning

This years bike holiday is a pretty simple double coast to coast. Having already complete the Reivers and C2C routes, this year we will make use of the Sustrans Hadrians Cycleway and the Walney to Wear routes.

Day 1 – South Shields to Carlisle (81 miles)

Quick Route:
Start (0) – South Shields Ferry (3) – Gateshead (13) – Newburn (20) – Ovingham (25) – Corbridge (32) – Hexham (36) – Fourstones (40) – Bardon Mill (50) – Haltwhistle (55) – Gilsand (61) – Brampton (69) – Warwick Bridge (75) – Carlisle (81)

Detailed Route (gpx):
Day 1

Description:
Let’s be honest, add on a few more miles and this is basically a single day coast to coast. Putting that thought to one side, the route for the day begins by following the River Tyne and Hadrians Wall. With very little in the way of significant climbs for the first 40 miles, the route only becomes a little bumpy as the path veers away from the river. The overnight stay is in Carlisle.

 

Route – Day 1

 

Day 2 – Carlisle to Workington (55 miles)

Quick Route:
Carlisle (0) – Burgh by Sands (5) – Bowness on Solway (13) – Anthorn (20) – Angerton (23) – Newton Arlosh (25) – Abbey Town (29) – Silloth (35) – Allonby (42) – Maryport (47) – Workington (54)

Detailed Route (gpx):
Day 2

Description:
A very flat day ahead as the route takes us from Carlisle to the coast and through the Solway Firth area of natural beauty. The route then hugs the coast all the way to Workington, which is to be our overnight stop.

Route – Day 2

Day 3 – Workington to Barrow-in-Furness (60 miles)

Quick Route:
Workington (0) – Distington (4) – Whitehaven (8) – St Bees (13) – Sellafield (21) – Seascale (23) – Ravenglass (30) – Broughton in Furness (43) – Kirkby in Furness (48) – Askham in Furness (52) – Barrow in Furness (60)

Detailed Route (gpx):
Day3

Description:
Day 3 starts where day 2 finished, with the route hugging the coast through Whitehaven & St Bees. A short sprint past the Sellafield nuclear processing plant (remind me not to go swimming in the sea there) before we hit Ravenglass and the end of the Hadrians Cycleway. The day for us though continues with the only significant climb of the day, up over Corney Fell and Thwaites Fell before we enter the industrial areas of Askam-in-Furness and Barrow-in-Furness and a rendezvous with two fellow cyclists for the return.

Route – Day 3

Day 4 – Barrow-in-Furness to Tebay (60 miles)

Quick Route:
Barrow in Furness (0) – Ulverston (14) – Penny Bridge (18) – Cartmel (25) – Grange Over Sands (30) – Levens (39) – Sedgewick (41) – Natland (43) – Beckfoot (52) – Roundthwaite (59) – Tebay (60)

Detailed Route (gpx):
Day 4

Description:
The day starts with a ride back to the coast on Walney Island before making headroads inland to Ulvertson. The route cycles round Morecambe Bay before heading up the River Kent and towards Kendal. Once past Kendal the route takes on a decidedly hilly profile, skirting the Howgill Fells before we finish the day in Tebay.

Route – Day 4

Day 5 – Tebay to Running Waters (74 miles)

Quick Route:
Tebay (0) – – Gaisgill (2) – Raisbeck (3) – Soulby (11) – Kirkby Stephen (14) – Winton (15) – Barras (20) – Tan Hill (25) – Bowes (33) – Barnard Castle (41) – Whorlton (44) – Little Newsham (47) – Hilton (52) – Bishop Aukland (60) – Willington (63) – Brandon (67) – Durham (70) – Running Waters (74)

Detailed Route (gpx):
Day 5

Description:
There is no two ways to describe this day – long, hilly and tough. Ascending from Tebay, the route will take us up and over Tarn Moor to Kirkby Stephen from which there is long drag up to Barras then Tan Hill, home to the highest pub in England. Crossing Kaber Fell & Sleighthome Moor, I am sure we will be treated to some spectacular, it a little windswept views. From the moors, the day will then take us through Barnard Castle, Bishop Auckland and on to Durham. The overnight stay is in a rather intriguing little village called Running Waters.

Route – Day 5

Day 6 – Tebay to Running Waters (22 miles)

Quick Route:
Running Waters (0) – Sherburn (2) – Hetton Le Hole (6) – Sunderland (16) – Whitburn (18) – Finish (22)

Detailed Route (gpx):
Day 6

Description:
A final short spring, mainly downhill, back to the coast in Sunderland before we follow the coast north back to South Shields and complete the holiday.

Route – Day 6

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