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CycleWild

Organising inspirational cycling and walking holidays since 2003

Itinerary

Friday: Whitehaven to Keswick 31 miles

We meet at Whitehaven harbour at around 1pm and after brief introductions to our guides, mechanics and baggage handlers from CycleWild, we are on our way. After negotiating our way out of town we pick up the Ennerdale cycle path, a gentle start following a disused railway track. The mountains soon come into view as we pedal through some delightful Lake District villages with classic views of some of the most enchanting lakes surrounded by majestic mountains. At around the 20 mile mark we come to the tough but spectacular climb through the Whinlatter Forest. After a twisting descent it’s a fairly easy ride into the pretty town of Keswick.

Saturday: Keswick to Alston 46 miles

After a hearty breakfast we head off for the flatter lands of the Eden Valley, with its quiet market towns and woodlands. We travel some 22 miles through Troutbeck and Greystoke, en route to the busy (relatively speaking) town of Penrith for a coffee stop. The next stretch is 10 miles up and over the hill (be sure to take in the breathtaking views, you will be earning them!) to Langwathby for lunch. After lunch we have some real climbing to do as we start to traverse “England’s last Wilderness”, the Northern Pennines. We have a short sharp ascent over to Renwick, quickly followed by the longest climb of the day to Hartside (over 1700 feet), where there is a very welcome café, before a wonderful and exhilarating downhill to Alston.

Sunday: Alston to Newcastle 53 miles

An early breakfast prepares us for a “very undulating” few miles through Nenthead and up Black Hill, the highest point of our tour at 1998 feet. The Northern Pennines scenery is now even wilder and grander, sprinkled with the remains of former mining activity. From here the route takes us to Stanley with some more gentle climbing with fabulous views across the valley. A final steep climb brings us to our lunch stop at the beginning of the Waskerley Way. We follow this good quality off road route (once a railway track) on a stunningly beautiful TEN MILE DOWNHILL trail to Consett, the 34 mile mark. After Consett there's more gentle downhill pedalling following much of The Derwent Walk, a real pleasure to ride with few restrictive barriers. The home run is along the northern bank of the Tyne, largely traffic free and with wonderful architecture to admire. Pedalling along the waterfront towards the Millennium Bridge and journey's end is truly exhilarating.

Accommodation

Keswick Youth Hostel

Enjoy YHA Keswick's modern 4 star location in this ever popular market town. Combine the great outdoors and extensive walking with a wealth of evening entertainment in a stunning location on the banks of the River Greta.

Alston Youth Hostel

Sitting in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Alston is England’s highest market town, where steep cobbled streets are surrounded by wild solitary fells. YHA Alston is a traditional property overlooking the South Tyne Valley and makes an excellent stopover point for walkers and cyclists on the Pennine Way and the Coast-to-Coast cycle route. A full meals service and good self-catering facilities are available.

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