The C2C Blog

Hi everyone,

Welcome to the new C2C blog, a great opportunity for you to upload your C2C stories and memories, complete with pictures. You can also alert the world to forthcoming charity rides you might be doing and get in touch with other C2Cers, so it's a great chance to drum up support. The Forum will remain, but we feel a blog will add a little extra as well as being more user-friendly. Remember, eveyone's trip is different - and each and every trip is different. We want to know what you make of Britain's top route.

Mark Porter, Editor

Saddleback Cycle Challenge

May 31st, 2016 by Mark

Sunday June 12th 2016 around and over Saddleback, also known as Blencathra, the hulking mass that looks down on Keswick. 25-mile mixed terrain ride for MTBs), a 31-mile road route around Blencathra and a stunning 8-mile walk along a Family Adventure Trail. Take your pick or do the lot… @thesaddleback saddlebackevent@gmail.com www.thesaddleback.net  

Raising money for the floods

January 13th, 2016 by Mark

The Grand Day Out in Cumbria is a county-wide fundraising day on January 16th 2016 (with a follow up later in the year) organised entirely by volunteers. There will be fell walks / sports / music / laughter / eating / drinking and all sorts of fun things to raise funds for the Cumbria Community … [Read More]

Mountain Rescue needs YOUR help

April 2nd, 2015 by Mark

Please take the time to look at this new film, which was released at noon on April 2 2015. It shows the valued work the Mountain Rescue service does, not just on the peaks, but also in the troughs, when people get snowed in or stranded on the highways and byways of the Lake District, … [Read More]

Danger zone

January 27th, 2015 by Mark

Beware the treacherously steep descent into Nenthead from Garrigill. Helen Barron is very lucky to be alive. To read of her air-ambulance assisted rescue please see YOUR TRIPS for further details. If you are going this way please make sure your brakes are up to the task. Or simply walk your bike down the final … [Read More]

Tough people contest

January 8th, 2015 by Mark

I have just received an email from the BBC wanting volunteers to appear in a new show to find the toughest people on the planet. They know that aficianados of the C2C will fall into this category. Anyone interested should have a look at this and get in touch with me. http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/beonashow/worlds_toughest_army “We’re looking for … [Read More]

Wythop Woods closure

September 13th, 2014 by Mark

The Forestry Commission will close the C2C route from Cockermouth to Keswick at Wythop Woods for felling for up to 3 months from the 15th September.   We will divert the C2C at Strawberry How Road end  (west of Cockermouth) back onto the B5292 to the cross roads near Hundith Hill then right to use … [Read More]

C2C2C 24 hours

June 12th, 2014 by Mark

Ken Wynn dropped me a line this morning. He’s lucky enough to live on the route, near Rowlands Gill. He was planning to post on Your Trips his 24 hour attempt there and back starting tomorrow (Saturday June 14)  at  noon at Tynemouth, heading along the new Weardale Alternative via St John’s Chapel and Killhope, … [Read More]

Beware log lorries at Lorton

June 6th, 2014 by Mark

WARNING: From the weekend beginning June 6 timber lorries will start a six month operation ferrying logs between Loweswater and Low Lorton on an extremely narrow section of road. The locations where wagons will be accessing the loading areas (between Thackthwaite and High Latterhead) will be well signed and Sustrans have been notified and will … [Read More]

C2C Challenge – September 13 & 14

April 4th, 2014 by Mark

We are having a Challenge weekend on September 13 & 14. Register now and secure your place! Whitehaven to Sunderland in two days with a camp in Alston. Fun, fun, fun…

Welcome to the new season…

April 4th, 2014 by Mark

As the new season starts I prepare myself for a visit to the C2C, my first since September (shame on me), when I did C2C, Reivers and Hadrians in one go – on a Karlkhoff e-bike. Further shame? I think not. These electric bikes have opened up the roads for a whole older generation, and … [Read More]

Bec’s Big Bike Ride

August 22nd, 2013 by Mark

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Becs-Big-Bike-Ride/177612019054249 Feel free to join Bec for some of her round-Britain 2,500 miles ride to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease, which recently claimed her mother.  

Challenge 2013

March 6th, 2013 by Mark

The 2013 C2C Challenge will be June 8 & 9, convening at 0515 at the University car park on the Saturday morning, as per usual. I hope that lots of you who did it before will join those who are out for the first time and that we might have a convivial evening on Friday … [Read More]

Welcome to 2013!

January 22nd, 2013 by Mark

What a start to 2013! I’m afraid I’ve been a fairweather cyclist so far this year and have hardly ventured beyond the roaring grate in my office. I’m delighted so many of you are thinking ahead, though: traffic on the site indicates that even though spring seems a million miles away, many of you are … [Read More]

Anyone for some sun?

December 13th, 2012 by Mark

Anyone for some sunshine? I just got an email from some guys who are doing luxury rides in Portugal – and by luxury, I mean great food and comfy beds. I know this is hardly in keeping with the fight against obesity I reported in the last blog, but never mind: you can cycle the … [Read More]

From fat to fit

December 13th, 2012 by Mark

I got an email from Rob Harrison who runs a ‘not for profit’ organisation aimed at reducing obesity levels through lifestyle. He’s going to do the Way of the Roses (Brid 2 Morecombe) next year as a way of fundraising for his organisation (HHUK) and for St Dunstans Charity https://www.facebook.com/easyfundraising.org.uk. It seems a good cause … [Read More]

What sports!

September 16th, 2012 by Mark

Highlight of the week? Seeing the Tour of Britain leave my home town of Jedburgh on Tuesday morning, a fanfare of sunshine and colour. The whole town was there to welcome them. Later that day I met Team Sky at the unlikely venue of the Strickland Arms in the heart of rural Cumbria. Anton and … [Read More]

Wiggo and the C2C…

September 9th, 2012 by Mark

Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky are scheduled for a pint in Great Strickland on Tuesday after the gruelling 3rd stage of the Tour of Britain. The Cumbrian stop-off, after the 100 mile Jedburgh to Dumfries section, will be at around 7pm, when the cavalcade – deadline permitting – will be greeting hundreds of local fans. … [Read More]

Challengers triumph – again

September 4th, 2012 by Mark

Last weekend, for the second time this summer, we held a C2C Challenge. Again the weather was beautiful and there was a fair tailwind behind the 46 riders who sped into Alston on Saturday night, before going on to Sunderland on Sunday morning. Camp Alston was a great success and there were no setbacks, meaning … [Read More]

Whinlatter road closure

September 4th, 2012 by Mark

As of today a short section of the B5292 has been shut owing to subsidence and a badger’s sett! This is between Whinlatter Visitor’s Centre and Braithwaite. You will need to push your bikes for a short while. Those on road bikes are advised NOT to take the forest track.

B&B in Garrigill saves the day

August 6th, 2012 by Mark

Well done Eastview B&B for giving a recent group such warm hospitality. They were miserable, soaked and totally totaled by the time they hit Garrigill but after a few pints and dinner at the George & Dragon and a great send-off breakfast, it was all downhill all the way. Sorry, uphill. Hospitality can make or … [Read More]