8 Day England Coast to Coast Adventure
Commenced 1st July 2014
This is not a travel
log where the events of every day are detailed. Instead, I have
presented some of the highlights, lowlights, unusual, humorous
and embarrassing events of the trip along with relevant photos
and some opinions.
Others may have
seen things differently but this is the way I saw things.
Anything I say about anyone or anything is purely in fun. Some
information and photos I obtained from others on the trip. I may
have enhanced some of the information I gathered. Anything that
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of some of the places we visited. You have to be there.
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A modified Coast to Coast ride through England that included the
"Cumbrian Way" and the "Coast to Coast" (C2C) cycle routes.
Commencing in Ulverston, cycling through the Lakes District and
meeting the C2C route in Keswick and then through to Sunderland
situated on the East Coast. 10 people took part. A total of
Gael & Gerry
Angela & Lou
This was a self guided
tour. On the Cumbrian Way, we followed a guide book and on the
Coast to Coast we followed the "C2C" signs. The guide
book was average. The "C2C" signs were very easy to follow.
The English countryside and quaint towns.
There were none.
For dinner at the "Rose & Crown" hotel in Ulverston. The plate sizes were
large and good quality food. See
this photo of
spare ribs.that someone in our group had. We were there two nights.
The best breakfast was
at the Virginia Guest house we used in Ulverston. The usual cereals and cooked stuff but
they also had a large selection of fruit including berries.
The Easy Way to
When went to pick up our bikes at the bike shop in Ulverston,
Gonny enquired about getting electric bikes. For an extra 25
pounds/day, they could supply them so Gonny and Angela decided
to take them. They proved very good and never ran out of charge.
They beat me up the hills.
Drizzling when we left Keswick. Eased off for a while but then
got very heavy and windy after we left Beckside. Stopped by the
time we reached Greystoke.
I fell off my bike once and grazed my knee. Was doing 0
km/hr at the time.
Embarrassing and Mistakes
In Ulverston the
locals were not happy about us riding our bikes the wrong way up a one way street.
Angela lost a camera
case near Threlkeld.
At Threlkeld, we
stopped for coffee at a hotel with a 10.30 opening sign. After
hunting around for someone, she told me they don't open till
Gonny lost her pannier
along the Tilberthwaite Bridleway. Luckily, Lou was riding
behind her and picked it up.
At Beckside, we
stopped at the Mill Inn hotel and asked if they serve coffee. The lady was
not enthusiastic but did serve us. It was the 4th of July and
the rooms were festooned with 4th of July banners. Raining at
On the day we rode
between Edenhall and Allenheads, riding along a country road,
the road made a sudden turn and up. Gonny misjudged the turn and
ended up down the side of the road upside
down still on her bike. She was not injured but could not stop
Paul (68)/Angela (56).
Where We Stayed
Accommodation was pre-arranged and our luggage was
transported to the next hotel by a courier. It worked well.
Bikes were stored overnight on the premises of the place we were
staying at. At the last hotel were told that someone would
pick up the bikes.
Virginia House in Ulverston. Stayed
two nights. A
lovely guest house. Great host. Close to town and delicious
Chestnut Villa in Grasmere.
Pleasant simple rooms in a converted house. Our twin bed room
was very squishy. The shower and toilet were in a converted
double wardrobe. Not close to town but there was a nice hotel
nearby where we went for dinner.
Keswick Park Hotel in Keswick. Old
hotel with very large rooms. Close to town. Went to Italian
restaurant for dinner. The "w" in Keswick is silent like in
Berwick in Victoria, Australia.
Edenhall Country House in Edenhall.
Pleasant hotel. Not close to town or any shops. Had dinner in
the hotel restaurant.
The Old School House in Allenheads.
Converted schoolhouse with separate living areas for guests and
owners. Took us a while to find it but was helped when the owner
noticed us and drove down to meet us. It was the only accommodation in Allenheads that
could accommodate us. We had two four bunk bed rooms and two
twin bed rooms. A large kitchen/lounge area. We decided that
myself, Paul, Dennis & Gerry would have one bunk room and Janna
& Gael the other. Gonny & John one twin room and Lou & Angela
the other. There were two bathrooms so we designated one mens
and one ladies. It all worked well. Breakfast was help yourself
cereal, toast & tea/coffee and the owner brought in large plates
of hot food.
The electrical work at the schoolhouse was interesting. See
For dinner we all went to the Allenheads hotel
where I had a lovely steak pie. The proprietor of the hotel (a lady) loved my
The Mourings Hotel in Hett Hills.
Very enthusiastic owner. Not close to town. We had a lovely
evening meal in the restaurant beside the hotel. Bit slow with
breakfast. The hotel and bar/restaurant are completely separate
buildings because the land is on a very old title and between
the buildings is a public walkway.
The Chaise Guest House in
Sunderland. Large rooms. Good host and breakfast. Had dinner at
nearby Italian restaurant.
Was a town we passed through. Saw it on the map but did not
see any signs or any buildings.
Barrow on Furness.
Whilst in Ulverston, myself, Janna & Paul caught the bus there
and back. About a 45 min trip. The city centre was not bad but
we walked out onto the island where they build (or used to build)
submarines and the area was a bit depressing. Nice bus trip back
along the coast.
Nenthead. It was very
run down and depressing. The notice board summed it up. See
photo. Luckily, they had some visitors that brightened the place up.
this photo. Did have a nice hot chocolate from the community store
The highest point on the ride was Black Hill, a long steep climb
out of Nenthead. See
this photo of some ladies I saw at Black
Hall sitting behind a stone wall to escape the wind. They looked very happy after the long climb. Then a steep
descent into Allemheads, a nice town.
Sunderland. Once a
thriving industrial city. Now very quiet
The Aliens Have
We stayed one night at a town called Allenheads. On the way
there, I noticed a signpost that had been altered. The second
letter "l" had been altered so the sign read Alienheads. See
Dipping The Bikes
It is the custom to dip the back wheel of your bike in the
ocean at the start of the coast to coast ride and dip the front
wheel in the ocean at the end. Some of us did this near where the
canal meets the sea at Ulverston and at Sunderland. See
We Got Lost
Soon after we left
Ulverston we took a wrong turn. With the help of an iPhone map,
and a passing cyclist, we got back on track. Most English
country road junctions did not have signs displaying road names
which we found annoying.
Trying to find the way
off the bike track to the Mourings hotel in Hett Hills proved frustrating. Dennis
rode ahead of the group and announced via the 2-way radio that
he had found the hotel. Turns out we had ridden past the turnoff
but we managed to locate the hotel via a long winded route.
this photo of the
toilet in the Cycle Cafe in Greystoke. It was the most cluttered
toilet I have ever been in. Signs and crap festooned the toilet
this photo of the
toilet in our hotel in Sunderland. Notice where the toilet roll
holder is. Way above your head.
This photo of a split
building with a modern window in it. Not sure what was going on
this photo of a
sign in Ulverston that we could not figure out what it meant.
I sat in a first class
carriage on the train going from London to Ulverston. Like on a
plane, an attendant walked down the aisle offering food and
drink and it was all FREE.
Angela & Gael had a
good idea for helmet rain protection. They put shower caps over
At Lowick, we stopped
to look at a lovely church and graveyard. Dennis
noticed a stone grave with a hole on the side. Put his hand in
and pretended that his hand was being pulled in. Had some of us
worried for a while. See
In England they are
very hot on cleaning up your dogs doings. Signs everywhere. See
On the bike track near
Hett Hills there was an interesting monument to the industrial age.
At Greystoke, we
stopped for lunch at the "Cycle Cafe". A higgledy piggledy
place, Crap everywhere including the toilet. Lunch simple but
Interesting Things We
In Ulverston, myself,
Dennis & Paul
visited the Laurel & Hardy museum. It was interesting. Watched
an old film of them and had a good laugh. Managed to avoid
paying (not deliberately) because there was nobody at the paying
In Ulverston, Dennis,
Paul and I climbed up to the John Barrow monument at the top of
Hoad hill that overlooks the town. I initially thought it was a
this photo of
Dennis admiring the view.
In Keswick, Paul and I
visited the Cumberland Pencil Museum. We got there just after
4.00 pm after it closed. After explaining to the lady that we
had come all the way from Australia she let us in. Spent one
hour there. It was interesting. See
Near Keswick, we
visited the Castlerigg Stone Circle. A smaller version of Stonehenge.
The bikes were excellent. Had no flats or major mechanical
problems. The panniers supplied were 100% waterproof and clipped
easily onto the rack on the rear of the bike. The panniers would
not clip onto the racks on the rear of the electric bikes. After
a few dropped panniers, we had to tape them on.
I believe everyone brought their own helmets and we all wore
them even though it is not compulsory to wear them in England. I
cringed a lot looking at many of those not wearing helmets.
However, I did notice that the dedicated riders, particularly
those on the main roads, all wore helmets.
I brought my own clip-on pedals and lights.
To everyone on the trip for your fantastic company. Dennis for
arranging the trip.
rating of this trip is 8/10.