C2C advice

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  1. Pyrosyard

    Pyrosyard New Member

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    Hiya

    Bit of a newbie to this forum, looking for a bit of advice.

    I'm contemplating doing the C2C sometime this summer, probably over 2 days (depends on time off work, really) and was wondering:

    Is it better to do it west-east or east-west?
    Is it really feasible to do it solo, camping (haven't got the lightest kit, but reckon I can carry what I need) ?
    Anyone know of a decent campsite about halfway along the route?

    Also: (since I'm an MTB'er by tradition) is it worth riding the off-road sections or are they extra effort for not a lot of fun?

    Cheers

    Carrick - Pyro's Yard
     
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  2. Mseries

    Mseries Guest

    Pyrosyard wrote:
    > Hiya
    >
    > Bit of a newbie to this forum, looking for a bit of
    > advice.
    >
    > I'm contemplating doing the C2C sometime this summer,
    > probably over 2 days (depends on time off work, really)
    > and was wondering:
    >
    > Is it better to do it west-east or east-west? Is it really
    > feasible to do it solo, camping (haven't got the lightest
    > kit, but reckon I can carry what I need) ? Anyone know of
    > a decent campsite about halfway along the route?
    >
    > Also: (since I'm an MTB'er by tradition) is it worth
    > riding the off-road sections or are they extra effort for
    > not a lot of fun?
    >
    > Cheers
    >
    > Carrick - Pyro's Yard

    West to East is the most used route I think, they say its
    because the hills are less steep from the West. Both times
    I've done have been west to east. I have done it in three
    days both times which makes for a leisurely ride with lots
    of time for socialising (Drinking). We camped at a small
    campsite in Troutbeck and then stayed at the Miners Arms in
    Nenthead. Two days is certainly doable even with kit on
    board. The offroad sections are worth it, not too severe
    generally, one bit up to Hartside was not worth it IHMO,
    more yomping that riding. Be sure to check out http://www.c2c-
    guide.co.uk/ my story in on there.
     
  3. MSeries wrote:

    > West to East is the most used route I think, they say its
    > because the hills are less steep from the West. Both times
    > I've done have been west to east. I have done it in three
    > days both times which makes for a leisurely ride with lots
    > of time for socialising (Drinking). We camped at a small
    > campsite in Troutbeck and then stayed at the Miners Arms
    > in Nenthead. Two days is certainly doable even with kit on
    > board. The offroad sections are worth it, not too severe
    > generally, one bit up to Hartside was not worth it IHMO,
    > more yomping that riding. Be sure to check out http://www.c2c-
    > guide.co.uk/ my story in on there.
    >
    Also you're more likely to get a tailwind (the same reason
    people do Land's End to John O'Groats but rarely the other
    way round).

    Two people where I work did the (off road) C2C in one day,
    with a 5am start and a 9.30pm finish. Only possible in June!
     
  4. Vernon Levy

    Vernon Levy Guest

    > I'm contemplating doing the C2C sometime this summer, probably over 2
    > days (depends on time off work, really) and was wondering:

    > Is it better to do it west-east or east-west? Is it really
    > feasible to do it solo, camping (haven't got the lightest
    > kit, but reckon I can carry what I need) ? Anyone know of
    > a decent campsite about halfway along the route?
    >

    Easily doable in two days. I did it on a 12 speed Raleigh
    Equipe road bike and had two nights under canvas. One at
    Ousby and one at Beamish -only 16 or so miles from the East
    coast. Had I had an early morning start from Whitehaven
    instead of a 12:00 - 1:00 start, I'd have completed in two
    days. The campsite at Ousby is ideal as it is behind a pub
    serving rather good beer you might get further than this
    with an early morning start fromWhitehaven.. The west -East
    Route is by convention the route to take and i believe that
    the prevailing wind will be in your favour. My kit and body
    (20+stone) was not the lightest, the bike was not ideal with
    its 700 x 25 wheels and only 12 gears, I'd only been cycling
    again for four months after a 25+ year lay off so you should
    feel optimistic of your ability to complete it in your
    projected time scale.

    My account is on the C2C website under the name Vernon
    Lacy....I really ought to get the name and typos in the tale
    corrected..

    Go for it. You should find it a breeze.

    > Also: (since I'm an MTB'er by tradition) is it worth
    > riding the off-road sections or are they extra effort for
    > not a lot of fun?

    I chose not to do any of the off road sections apart from
    pushing my bike over the off-road short cut up Hartside -
    not really worth it. I don'y know what the other sections
    were like first hand though a pal of mine rated the old
    coach road section.

    Vernon
     
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