The C2C is an excellent middle distance for the inexperienced cyclist. Being one myself, I didn't expect such a spectacular ride across England through some of the most stunning rural scenery the north of has to offer. We started in Workington, dipping our wheels in the Irish sea and spent the first night in the Borrowdale YHA- then onto Renwick where we stayed at the wonderful Scalehouse Farm B&B, the excellent home-cooked food with scrambled eggs made from the bantam hens in the garden set us up for Hartside the highest ascent on the C2C of 1903ft. After this it was a cycle through the eerily abandoned mining villages around Rookhope and a gentle cycle along the undulating Waskerley Way. There was a true feeling of exhilaration when crossing the Gateshead Millennium bridge in Newcastle to the final dip in the sea at South Shields.
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