Amos Road Club 2024: The Route

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The Route

The Coast-To-Coast and Sunrise-To-Sunset routes will be almost identical apart from the start of the S2S Challenge in Whitney Bay. 

Day 1:
Whitehaven to Penrith

48 miles | 1,500 metre climb
Starting at Whitehaven; an old seaport on the west coast of Cumbria. The first ten miles of the C2C follow a well-made surfaced path.

Quiet lanes follow as the route passes through some of the country’s most beautiful scenery. Kirkland and Lamplugh reveal the proximity of the Lake’s mountains and on the steep descent from Fangs Brow to Loweswater, there is a good view of Mellbreaks ahead.

The Whinlatter Pass is the first significant climb, which ends in a fine descent on forest roads to Bass Lake and Keswick. The next section of the C2C route takes us on to Penrith. 

Alternate routes exist here, with the hardest crossing Matterdale Common on the Old Coach Road to Greystoke, Blencow and Penrith.

Accommodation that night will be in Penrith.

Day 2:
Penrith to Edmundbyers/Rowley (near Consett)

52 miles | 1,600 metre climb
The route starts by heading up to Langwathby in the Eden Valley. We then enter the most mountainous part of the route, with four major climbs in 20 miles.

The first and the steepest is Hartside at 580 metres, the watershed between the Irish and North Sea. It’s not all downhill from here. After Hartside, the route passes close to Alston, reaching Garrigill and the old lead mining areas at Nenthead and Allenheads, reaching the highest part of the C2C at 609 metres on Black Hill.

This marks the end of the rough, hilly terrain of the North Pennines and the start of the industrial landscape of the North East. Accommodation will be in Edmundbyers and Athlerton.

Day 3:
Edmundbyers/Rowley – Tynemouth

37 miles | 400 metre climb

This shorter day is basically all downhill. It starts by cycling over the impressive Hownsgill viaduct and then onto Consett. From here, we head up to Rowlands Gill and then on to join the River Tyne just before Gateshead.

We follow the Tyne crossing over Millennium Bridge, cycle through Newcastle and then on to the sea at Tynemouth.

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