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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...

Our Tours Are Rated 97% Excellent by Trip Advisor

  • star rating  We had a group of 6 of us and Active England set us up on an amazing tour. We rode through the beautiful Cotswolds, visited Stonehenge and ended at... read more


    star rating  Our group of 8 women did the Cycle Cotswolds Tour and it was amazing. Our guides Chris and Jess were the best guides you could ask for, they were professional,... read more


    star rating  Not an honest organization. Out of consideration for them I left my deposit with them during the pandemic instead of requesting its return. In the meantime they changed the policy... read more

  • star rating  Fabulous, fun packed weekend with experienced guides. We swam in beautiful locations and were fed well and thoroughly looked after. Swimming ability was not an issue as there were always... read more

    Jo M

    star rating  We had a fantastic 3 day weekend in South Devon. The guides were very friendly, helpful and informative. They took us to lots of unique and different locations and we... read more


    star rating  Amazing trip. Super well organized and fantastic guides and driver. So much fun. The sites were good, swimming was not too difficult, the water was chilly so definitely recommend... read more

  • star rating  I chose the 3 day swimming trip in Devon and it was fabulous! Varied swims in rivers, the sea and an outdoor lido and no pressure to do longer swims... read more


    star rating  Great guides who made our trip really enjoyable. There was no pressure to swim beyond your ability and we had time to chill. I really liked the variety of locations... read more


    star rating  My short midweek break was a delightful experience throughout with beautiful swimming and excellent organisation. The team were efficient yet relaxed and friendly, helpful and accommodating. The group was possibly... read more

  • star rating  The variety was great - from coasts to rivers to lidos. However what elevated this to a fantastic few days was our guides. They were professional, fun, and paid such... read more

    Kath S

    star rating  Devon Swim Tour. A fantastic experience, wonderful variety of swims. A fun bunch of people to swim with and great itinerary. The whole experience superbly executed by... read more


    star rating  This is our 3rd time traveling with Active England and we wouldn’t travel thru England any other way. They are incredibly thoughtful to work with. They made the stressful planning... read more

  • star rating  The swimming weekend in Devon was a joy from start to finish. Locations, local knowledge, and the expertise and good humour of the guides made it an experience I... read more


    star rating  I thoroughly enjoyed the 4 day swim trip with fabulous guides and friendly fellow swimmers, amazing locations and varied, highly enjoyable swims in clear waters. The guides were super friendly... read more


    star rating  Fabulous swim locations, expert guidance, congenial company, comfortable hotel - all put together with thorough planning and lots of smiles

  • star rating  Brilliant 3 day swimming trip to South Devon. Excellent organisation, value for money and leadership by enthusiastic, knowledgeable and fun guides. There was a good range of swimming... read more


    star rating  A fantastic weekend of swims led by enthusiastic, experienced and friendly guides. The two leaders and our driver could not have done more to make the weekend a memorable and... read more

    Elaine K

    star rating  We took the 4 days swimming tour in Cornwall. It was a great experience with plenty of opportunities to swim in this beautiful part of England. The tour was very... 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