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Long Distance Rides

Sea to Sea (C2C) Cycle Route

136 miles (219km) from Irish Sea to North Sea, probably the UK's most popular cycling challenge. Between Threlkeld in the Lake District and Nenthead in the North Pennines (about 45 miles) the route is in Eden. Penrith and Alston are popular overnight stops. Use parts of National Routes 7 and 71.

Buy the official map from Penrith and Alston Tourist Information Centres. 

Walney to Wear and Whitby (W2W) Cycle Route

A 'coast to coast' adventure to the south of the C2C route between Cumbria's Walney Island and either Wearmouth in Sunderland (150 miles / 241km) or Whitby (176 miles / 283km). From south of Orton across the Orton Fells and Eden Valley, almost to the top of Tan Hill in the North Pennines, the route is in Eden. It's Regional Route 20. 


Pennine Cycleway

This is the National Cycle Network's longest route. It runs for 355 miles (571km) between Derby and Berwick-upon-Tweed on quiet country lanes and tracks through the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland National Parks. The official map for the 150-mile (241km) section from Appleby-in-Westmorland across the North Pennines to Berwick (with a spur from Penrith) is available from Appleby and Alston Tourist Information Centres. It's National Route 68.

You can also buy all of the above maps online from the shop on the Sustrans website, and find out more about the National Cycle Network.


Wheels to the Wild Cycle Route

A 76 mile (122km) route on quiet country lanes around the North Pennines; Britain's first European Geopark as well as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The route includes Garrigill, Alston and Nenthead in Eden. The detailed guidebook (price £5) is available from Alston Tourist Information Centre.


Eden Valley Circular Cycle Route

A 112 mile (180km) route though the Eden Valley, passing through some of Eden's small villages and market towns along the way.  Designed for you to cycle as much or as little as you wish, finishing anywhere along the route. The cycle route is accessible by train, as it passes through Carlisle, Penrith, Appleby, Langwathby, Kirkby Stephen and Brampton.

Routes include:

  • Brampton to Appleby

  • Appleby to Penrith

  • Penrith to Carlisle

  • Carlisle, Armathwaite and Wetheral

  • Penrith, Ullswater and Lowther

  • Appleby to Kirkby Stephen or Appleby to Kirkby Stephen and Penrith

More information on the rides is available from Penrith Tourist Information Centre.