Join us on this 2 day iconic cycle event from Whitehaven to North Shields, as we conquer the infamous Coast to Coast route. Pedalling from west to east, we encounter the glorious countryside and scenic views of the District National Park and North Pennines. As demanded by tradition, you will get to dip your back wheel into the sea at the beginning of your epic journey and your front wheel in at the end, then celebrate your achievement as you tick this challenge off your list!
Dates and Prices
8-10 Sept 2021
3 Days (2 cycling)
Day 1 – Arrive at Penrith
After arriving at your accommodation in Penrith during early evening, you will be greeted by your Chapeau crew who will register you onto the event and provide you with all the information you will need for an early start the following day. The next morning you will be transported to the starting point at Whitehaven.
Day 2 – Whitehaven to Alston
Approximate cycling distance 128km (80 miles)
After a good night’s rest and hearty breakfast we begin the start of our epic challenge by dipping our back wheels into the Irish Sea in Whitehaven and posing for photos by the steel sculpture that marks the official start point. We set off heading towards the Lake District National Park, immediately delivering on the staggering views the area is famed for. We pass through Ennerdale Water and Loweswater, before the long ascent over Whinlatter Pass. The resinous scent of mature conifer trees fills the air, as we continue into Whinlatter Forest, the only true mountain forest in the country, the alpine like Siskins Café is lovely, as are the picnic spots where glimpses of the resident red squirrels can be seen scurrying around. We continue east towards Penrith, where we look to take in lunch, after which, we head onto our second long climb over Hartside where we will have our final drinks stop for the day. Don’t forget our support crew will be looking after you all the way! We then descend towards Garrigill before finally heading onto Alston, our stop for the night for a well-earned rest.
Day 3 – Alston to North Shields
Approximate cycling distance 96km (60 miles)
After a good nights sleep and hearty breakfast we start the second day of our cycling challenge heading into the village of Nenthead, England’s highest village. As we descend down to the Northumberland border we begin to climb again towards Rookhope and Parkhead where the views are spectacular! Once the climbs are behind us the challenge becomes gentler as we descend towards the North Sea with our route crossing some breathtakingly beautiful open moors along the Waskerley Way with some incredible views over the North Pennines. At Lydgetts Junction in Consett, we head for our destination of north Shields, passing the magnificent bridges that span the Tyne and rolling past the doors of the Cycle Hub at Newcastle Quayside, a wonderfully friendly café bar and the hangout of choice for many cyclists. The lovely town of North Shields awaits and is a beautiful backdrop to end this magnificent challenge before dipping those front wheels in the North Sea to complete the challenge.
What food is included and does it cater for all diets?
Lunch, and evening meal is not provided, however recommended suitable dining choices will be issued and are payable locally. There will be two designated water stops available on each ride day, which will give you the opportunity to refill your water bottles and get access to any snacks you may wish the crew to hold on your behalf.
What’s unique about Chapeau…why should I choose you?
Our events are tailored to you…our team have physically driven and assessed every mile of the route to ensure the safest and best possible route for your challenge, so rest assured you are in the safest hands. All our routes are specifically tailored with you in mind.
How fit do I need to be?
Chapeau events attract people of all levels of experience and fitness, all ages and backgrounds. We expect all participants to train hard in advance to achieve this challenge, but we respect everyone’s limits. You will be in the saddle for upward of 60 miles a day for 2 consecutive days, so you should ensure, as a minimum that you are comfortable riding a 60-70 mile day and have achieved this regularly before you leave for the trip. The profile is hilly, and has a difficulty rating of 6 out of 8, which Chapeau rate as challenging. You will need confidence in your fitness, and technical ability is crucial for this event. We design our challenges so that everyone can go at their own pace; this is not a race. For further information regarding how we rate our challenges click here
Who will be there to support me during the event?
Your trip will be led by experienced Chapeau Events crew. Our crew are selected for their experience in cycling events around the world, their friendliness and approach-ability, sense of humour and ability to safely and effectively deal with any situation that arises. Our crew leaders are also trained in outdoor first-aid. You are in very safe hands with the Chapeau Events crew.
The number of crew and support vehicles looking after you will depend on the final size of your group, but the team will be looking after every aspect of your trip whether that’s transporting your luggage, sorting out any mechanical problems or giving you a lift in our back vehicle – our “Love bus”. At Chapeau Events we pride ourselves on our high crew: cyclist ratio and believe it leads to greater trip enjoyment as well as excellent trip safety.
Will I be safe?
Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with emergency mobile phones, first-aid kits and other safety apparatus where necessary. They always have access to our 24-hour emergency back-up in the UK. Our leaders are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary should local conditions dictate.
What happens to my luggage each day?
Our support vehicles are with the group all of the time. All luggage and spares will be carried in them as we travel to each destination. On reaching our hotels, at the end of each day, you will hand over your bike for safe overnight keeping and collect your luggage. Each morning, you will hand over your luggage and collect your bike. Obviously space is limited and hard-sided luggage is not suitable, so it is essential that your kit is packed in a soft sailing bag, rucksack or expedition kit-bag.
What insurance will I require?
Insurance on this UK based trip is optional.
Is travel, to and from Penrith included?
No…you are responsible for your own travel arrangements to and from Penrith. We will transport you and your bikes to the route start in Whitehaven on day 2 and back to Penrith from the route finish in North Shields on day 3.
Will I receive further information?
Yes…a full detailed information pack will be issued following signed registration.