Join the stunning C2C bike route across England

Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

Get on your bike and coast past diverse landscapes, landmarks and beautiful sculptures on the final leg of this classic cycle ride.

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The C2C, or ‘Sea to Sea’, is an exhilarating 147-mile (237km) bike ride that stretches from the west coast of Northern England to the east coast. It travels via the lush valleys and high peaks of the Lake District National Park, through sandstone villages, mining towns and gritty industrial landscapes to the North Sea.

Don’t worry if you haven’t time or energy to complete the whole course, though. The final stretch from Washington down to Sunderland makes an excellent day’s ride. It coasts through woods, farmland and interesting cityscapes to the banks of the River Wear, where the final mile follows a captivating Riverside Sculpture Trail to sandy Roker Beach.

It’s traditional to end your bike ride by dipping the front wheel into the sea, then celebrating with well-earned refreshments in the local pubs and cafes.

Sunderland is 3 hours north of London by train.

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