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bill-lancaster 12 Feb 20:47  

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Am planning to do the c2cin May this year.
This being my first long distance bike trip I have a few concerns and hope to get some help from this forum.
I fancy the Workington to Sunderalnd because it seems the shorter(131 miles) and least hilly of the many possible routes.
Studying the Sustrans map(NN7A) the route seems complicated. How well signed is it?
I've been trying to find a gpx/xml file for the route but can't find one - any ideas?
I also see that Google maps have a bike route facility. It shows a route Workington-Carlisle-Hexham with a mileage of 117 miles. Has any one tried it?
Any thoughts would be welcome.

dan_b23 15 Feb 17:01  

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How many days are you doing it in?

There's not much difference in distance whether you start from Whitehaven or Workington. Whitehaven is the traditional starting point and has the C2C sculpture that you can take your photo with.

All the routes are hilly as you are going through the Lake District and the Pennines. Going via Hexham avoids the big climb to Hartside but there's lots of short sharp hills that still take it out of you!

Plenty of GPX files available... this is a good website:
http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/cyclemap/Cumbria - take your pick of starting point.
http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksCycle/penrith-to-consett-cycle-route
http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksCycle/consett-to-sunderland-cycle-route

Hope this helps!

My Latest Route: Apr 2010 Ponteland to Matfen and Kirkheaton Loop

dawes-rider 16 Feb 13:50  

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hi there bill
we done the route a few years ago startred at keswick leaving the car in a back street then cycled the route to whitehaven, followed the coast down to workington then back to keswick. the route was well sign posted.
we then left keswick and cycled to alston YHA, one piece of advice do not take the short cut avoiding the A686 as it it just a slogg walking along a track, we did it with a chap in his 60s and all that was going through my head was grid ref as to where the helecopter was to land to pick him up!
yes it is hilly but well worth it.
from alston we took the route to newcastle although the route to the city was very nice the route through was very disappointing , wish we had decided on the sunderland finish.
we stopped at the now closed newcastle YHA then followed the route to Haddians wall stopping at Greenhead YHA before returning to keswick for the drive home.
overall the route was well signposted and enjoyable
we covered 287 miles in 5 days hope this has been some use

My Latest Route: May 2013 Newark Route 64

bill-lancaster 17 Feb 08:36  

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Thanks so much for the helpful advice.
One of my concerns was that of navigation, so its good to hear that the route is well sign posted. Am paying particular attention to the advice re the A686 shortcut since we are both slightly more than 'in our sixties'!

Also I have since realised that if I set my mobile phone satnav (Android/Google Maps) to fairly near destinations (30/50 miles) it seems to follow the Sustrans very closely.

Thanks again!


txbnet 17 Feb 12:52  

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It was interesting to read these comments, especially with regard to sat nav. I have an edge 605 but am not really using it to its fullest extent because I cant read the screen very easily without reaching into my back pocket for glasses! Not easy to do when on the move. So I tend to use it just for logging my routes and stats rather then in gaining any directions. But I do find google maps a godsend, although of course only when stationery! One down side is the navigation application on my android phone chews the battery up very quickly so its used only sparingly. I was wondering if anyone has any experience of the solar powered chargers as it might be capable of keeping the phone charged up during a long ride? They seem to be about £15 on eBay so it may be worth a punt. Any thoughts anyone?

My Latest Route: Jan 2011 Whitley Bay to Bellingham

bill-lancaster 17 Feb 13:15  

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Yes, I only recently discovered Google Maps now incorporate bike tracks. I am definately going to get a solar powered back-up, one that can be charged from a USB first, then using solar to keep it topped up. I think I can get 4/5 hours out of my HTC Desire if I switch it off during long straight stretches.

The glasses thing is a problem for me too, have thought about using a Bluetooth headset and listen to satnav instructions.


txbnet 17 Feb 19:21  

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I've taken the plunge and ordered a solar charger which will do my sat nav and phone on my longer tours. I'll let you know how it goes!

My Latest Route: Jan 2011 Whitley Bay to Bellingham

loafer 24 Feb 22:57  

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here is a friends route info might help you

http://c2c.freeforums.org/c2c-workington-sunderland-on-a-secteur-14-15-april-2012-t885.html

also my garmin route,s from whitehaven -sunderland which is a better option as a starting point

day 1 http://connect.garmin.com/activity/188717207

day 2 http://connect.garmin.com/activity/188717152

day 3 http://connect.garmin.com/activity/188717099


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