The C2C Coast to Coast Cycle Map and Guide Books

C2C Coast to Coast Cycle Map and Guide BooksThe C2C Coast to Coast cycle map and guide books cover this iconic coast to coast cycle route. It is normally done in 3-4 days, through some testing hills and beautiful scenery. The route is generally done West to East, and this is how the C2C map and guide books work, with start points at Whitehaven and Workington, and end points at Tynemouth and Sunderland.

The C2C starts gently, before some hills taking you to the edge of the Lake District, with wonderful views of Loweswater and Crummock Water. There is then a stiff climb to Whinlatter Visitor Centre before dropping to Keswick.

After Penrith, the main hills of the route start, as you cross the Pennines. After that, the route drops and then becomes flat as it heads for the coast.

Off-road alternatives are often available, some of them a bit rugged for standard bikes. Other off-road sections are on converted railway lines, and are really excellent. Personally I would recommend doing the off-road sections: the views tend to be great. You can take advice on which in one or other of the guide books.

We are also helping to run a new website http://c2c-cycle.com/ which has news on parts of the route open or closed as a result of the 2015 floods or forestry. Up to date information is also added to Twitter and to Facebook.

Here are the The C2C Coast to Coast Cycle Map and Guide Books:

Sea to Sea C2C Sustrans MapThe C2C map, published by Sustrans

I would strongly recommend cycling the route with a map. Living in Cockermouth, it is not uncommon to come across C2C cyclists without one and looking slightly lost!

Published by Sustrans and regularly updated, it is easy to follow.

The map is printed on waterproof paper and comes in a plastic wallet.

The Ultimate C2C Guide – Coast to Coast by Bike, published by Excellent Books, written by Richard Peace

C2C guide book from Excellent Books

Richard’s guide book has introductory sections including:

  • The Route
  • Sustrans
  • Route surface and signage
  • How long should I take?
  • When should I go?
  • Supported or unsupported
  • Riding information and advice
  • Travel information

C2C page sampleThere are then separate sections on each part of the route, eg Whitehave – Keswick, each containing:

  • Route info
  • Height chart
  • What to see and do
  • Directions
  • Maps
  • Where to stay
  • Colour photos

C2C Cycle Route, published by Cicerone, written by Jeremy Evans

C2C Guide Book - CiceroneJeremy’s guide has introductory notes on:

  • Why do it
  • Choosing your route
  • When to go
  • Getting there and getting back
  • Planning your itinerary
  • Specialist C2C companies
  • Where to stay
  • Choosing your bike
  • What to take
  • Food and drink
  • What to wear

There are then separate sections on each part of the route, covering:

  • Distances
  • Description of route
  • Map
  • Colour photos

Some recommendations for the route

Greystoke Cycle Café

Greystoke Cycle CaféMotherby House Guest House

 Mothery House

You can also read more about the route at The Guardian newspaper’s website

And you can buy the Coast to Coast cycle map and guide books by clicking here.