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Cycling Coast to Coast

Spectacular Sea to Sea Journeys

Our self guided cycling tours will immerse you in the best countryside in the North, tracing iconic journeys across the country. Follow the classic Coast to Coast (C2C) route from Whitehaven, or ride the slightly shorter Hadrian’s Wall Route from Bowness on Solway. Both cycling routes start in the Lake District, head through Newcastle into historic Tynemouth.

From one breathtaking view to the next, these journeys will lead you away from the crowds and back to nature. Enjoy the freedom of the road less travelled, the culture, heritage and challenge of our National Trails, and rest your legs in our wonderful pubs, hand-picked hotels and BnBs every evening.

Self-Guided and Private Cycling Tours in the North of England

We take all the hassle out of your cycling tour by including all luggage transfers, organising and booking all accommodation, providing maps, GPS instructions, and recommending ancient sites and places of interest to visit along the way. Bike through the hills (fells) in the Lake District, alongside the whole of Hadrian’s wall, across moors and alongside the lakes, rivers and streams, into our wonderful small villages and market towns which criss-cross the stunning landscapes.

We also organise private tours for groups and families, with bespoke itineraries and guides to ensure your trip meets your every need. 

Our tours are rated 97% excellent, just take a look at our Trip Advisor page, and are the perfect balance of active travel and relaxation in stunning surroundings. 

Your Northern C2C Cycling Adventure Begins Here...

Hadrians Wall above Hotbank Crags a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the beautiful Northumberland National Park

Cycle Hadrian’s Wall

3 Day Self-Guided - WEEKLY - Starting Sundays
The Hadrian’s Cycle-way is a Coast to Coast ride with a difference, riding through 2000 years of history and the northernmost point of the Roman Empire, leading you from one breath-taking view to the next
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Cycle Coast to Coast

3 Day Self-Guided - WEEKLY - Starting Sundays
A magical cycling journey from the western edges of the Lake District, through the Yorkshire Dales and across the North Yorkshire Moors - from one coast to another, leading you from one breath-taking view to the next
sheep in the North

Cycle Coast to Coast

4 Day Self-Guided - WEEKLY - Starting Sundays
A magical cycling journey from the western edges of the Lake District, through the Yorkshire Dales and across the North Yorkshire Moors - from one coast to another, leading you from one breath-taking view to the next
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Our Tours Are Rated 97% Excellent by Trip Advisor

  • star rating  My 6-day cycling trip in Kent was wonderful. This was my 4th trip with Active England (2 in the Cotswolds, 1 in the Cotswolds/Devon/Cornwall - a custom made trip -... read more


    star rating  My sister and I booked the Classic 8 day self-guided walking tour in mid-September of 2019. We both declared it one of the best trips either of us had... read more

    Becca H

    star rating  Frances and Active England Tours are fantastic! We booked a 3 day walking tour through the Cotswolds and it far exceeded what we expected; beautiful walks, lovely destinations, excellent accommodations,... read more

  • star rating  I cannot recommend this tour company highly enough for anyone looking to explore England’s beautiful countryside. Our tour guide was fantastic! Each destination was lovely with the perfect amount of... read more

    Emily B

    star rating  I traveled with the ACTIVE ENGLAND group fall 2019 on both the Classic Cotswold and the Cornwall/Devon trips. I chose guided hiking but joined self guided guests and... read more


    star rating  My husband and I were looking for a guided walk through the countryside of England that included classic pubs. Not only did Active England provide that, but they also included... read more

  • star rating  We did the 3 day self-guided tour and experienced 3 days of amazing rides throughout the beautiful Cotswolds. Picture small towns, small farming roads with fields, sheep, cows, and... read more

    Peyton M

    star rating  We can't say enough about our cycling tour with Active England. Even Mother Nature cooperated with glorious weather. Jago, our cycling guide was enthusiastic, entertaining and patient. We rode through... read more


    star rating  What an amazing time my husband and I had with Active England in the Cotswolds! From start to finish, Jago and Howard did everything possible to make our... read more

    Anita W
  • star rating  My wife and I truly enjoyed our 8 day walk thru the Cotswolds. We are from the Arizona desert, so to be totally immersed in England’s beautiful rural countryside was... read more


UK Cycling Holidays in the Lake District and Beyond

Our cycling holidays are designed to be both a challenge and completely relaxing. Travel by train, or drive to the Lake District for the start of cycling tours (we will arrange transport back to your car at the end of the tour). We will also offer a range and accommodation options, both pre and post tour so you can guarantee to start your tour refreshed and go home invigorated.

Top things you need to know before your Northern cycling tour

How to get to the Lake District and the North?

The tours are designed to be easily accessible by a range of transport. There are direct trains from London and other major cities to the Lake District, where the tours start, and the finish in the North East, so this will probably the most efficient mode of transport. Guests can also drive to the Lake District or the North East (there is a transfer available to get back to your vehicle) or arrive into Manchester or Newcastle by plane. 

How hilly is the North?

The North of England is hillier than many of the other regions of England. However the Lake District and the North Pennines have a variety of routes which makes the region great cycling country and suitable for those who are fit and active. There are many hills (fells and moors) but the incredible views from the top more than make up from the ascents! There are routes for everyone and we can tailor your tour to your specific preferences and shorten and lengthen each day as required.

What is the best way to get out of London and to the North?

The best way to travel up North is by train, directly to the Lake District / the North East or by car, both a 4 hour journey from London. All of our self-guided trips begin from the Lake District or the North East. We can also arrange pre and post accommodation at a range of different locations so you can arrive relaxed, refreshed and ready to start your tour. You can also fly into Manchester and transfer to the start of the tour from there. 

Can I do a cycling tour as a solo traveller?

All our trips are open for single travellers to join. You will have a great time on our cycling tours whether travelling on your own, as a couple, family or group, meeting like-minded people on our guided trips, or choosing your own adventure on our self-guided tours. “As a single female, I would not hesitate to go on another Active England trip as a solo traveller”. S.G.

Coast to Coast Cycling Picture Gallery