Originally known as “The Return C2C”, the Reivers Route starts at Tynemouth (the northern end of the C2C) and heads north west to the forests surrounding the Kielder Reservoir, then back south west via moorland roads and into Carlisle.
It skirts the northern end of the Lake District at the back of Skiddaw, runs through Cockermouth to the coast at Workington, then down the coast to finish in Whitehaven.
It’s wilder country than the C2C, and a longer cycle route, but with fewer big climbs.
It is an excellent cycle-touring route. I certainly enjoyed it when I rode it!
The Reivers Route Cycle Map is excellent, showing the route clearly, and printed on water-resistant paper. You would need one to cycle this very good route.
Or put the map in your basket below.