Sea to Sea
Sat 19 - Mon 21 Aug 2023 Whitehaven, Cumbria, UK

Sea to Sea

The UK's most popular challenge cycle route! From the Irish Sea in the west to the North Sea in the east featuring 80 miles of traffic-free riding over one weekend.

  • Sat 19 - Mon 21 Aug 2023
Whitehaven Marina, Whitehaven > Tynemouth Beach, North Shields

Sea to Sea



All ages

  • 3 days road cycling


Travel. Support. Explore. Connect. Give Back.

Well-known as the UK's most popular challenge cycle route, the Sea to Sea route will take you from Whitehaven on the Irish Sea to Tynemouth on the North Sea.

Minor roads, disused railway lines and some off-road tracks (if you fancy) for 150 miles. Nearly 80 miles of traffic free riding, like nothing else found in the UK!

Why not join this long weekend ride across the country? What more rewarding way could there be to see the beauty of the UK?


  • Once-in-a-lifetime cycling challenge

    Cover 150 miles and 11,969 feet of elevation across the UK over 3 days.

  • Britain's picturesque regions

    Stay overnight in stunning locations and take time to experience it.

  • 40-55 miles each day

    Uplifting camaraderie as you share experiences with other riders.

  • Zero challenge costs, low fundraising target

    The most cost-effective way to explore Britain. Camping and 'roughing it' are embraced, but luxury options available too.

  • Visit MS support groups

    Support research and treatment whilst travelling the country.

  • All fitness levels
  • Teams

Ability levels

Cyclists range from beginners to cross-country veterans! With the right determination, everyone can do it.

There are people of all ages and backgrounds, riding for different reasons and who have different cycling abilities.

There will be no one telling you what speed to ride, what groups to ride in or when to stop. The better prepared you are for the ride, the more enjoyable it will be, and you will get help with your training.

  • Accommodation
  • Bag transfer
  • Camping
  • Coast
  • Free parking
  • Rural
  • Toilets
  • Urban

Event HQ

Whitehaven Marina
CA28 7HS

  • First aid
  • Hilly
  • Mass start
  • Navigation required
  • Point to point
  • Sleeping facilities
  • Sweeper
  • Toilets
  • Water stations

Heading East will first take you through the spectacular Northern Lake District before climbing up and over the Pennines and descending down into Newcastle. This 150 mile route will take in a mixture of minor roads, disused railway lines and even some minor gravel tracks. The nearly 80 miles of traffic free riding is like nothing else found in the UK.


  • Day 1 Arrival at Whitehaven

    Arrive in Whitehaven the day before your challenge starts. You and your fellow riders will receive a warm welcome, full briefing session, route planning and equipment check to make sure you're all set and raring to go.

  • Day 2 Whitehaven to Penrith - 57 miles/92KM

    Leaving the coastal town of Whitehaven, you’ll soon enter the Lake District National Park, now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, and home to some of England's most spectacular scenery.

    You’ll skirt the western hills, before ascending Whinlatter Pass, passing Grisedale Pike, and Skiddaw on the way to Keswick. You’ll climb up to the ancient site of Castlerigg Stone Circle, before passing under the shadow of Blencathra as you leave the Lake District. Continuing north-east, you’ll pass through a few small villages before finishing the first day in the town of Penrith.

  • Day 3 Penrith to Stanhope - 48 miles/77KM

    Considered the toughest day of the challenge, the North Pennines loom large on the horizon. The long and gruelling climb up to Hartside Fell, will see you climb up to 1903ft above sea level, but this won’t be the highest you ascend today. In the wild, unspoiled North Pennines, you’ll descent to the market town of Alston, before another high pass will lead you to the village of Allenheads from where it’s a fun descent to the town of Stanhope.

  • Day 4 Stanhope to Tynemouth - 45 miles/72KM

    Starting the day with the last significant climb, which takes you over into Weardale, you’ll arrive in County Durham’s industrial landscape. The sea not quite in sight, the route descends from the northern fells and utilises the Waskerley Way, a traffic free cycle route which passes over the dramatic Hownsgill Viaduct en route to Consett. Following old colliery railway routes, you’ll meet the famous River Tyne close to Blaydon, before following the river through the wonderful northern city of Newcastle.

    The end now in sight, it’s an easy few miles as you follow the course of the Tyne out to sea and cross the finish line at Tynemouth, ready to step off the saddle, plunge those tired legs in the sea, and make a start on celebrating your momentous achievement with friends new and old.


A mix of camping, staying at churches, town halls and community centres. There are options to book alternatives if preferred.

  • Public transport links

To ensure we minimise the environmental impacts that our events have, we ensure our support vehicles are kept to a minimum and along the route, we do what we can to decrease our effects on the environment.

  • Map
  • Technical t-shirt
  • Training plan

This is a supported ride which means you're provided with the platform to help you reach your goal of riding from End to End.

The trip is planned so you can focus on training, preparing your gear and planning your journey to and from the event.


  • Basic accommodation – mostly camping
  • Multi-vehicle support
  • All luggage and camping equipment transfer - meaning you can travel light
  • Qualified, experienced, welcoming route leaders - to help you along the way
  • Water stops - to reduce the amount you carry
  • GPX files, Strava routes and bespoke maps with turn-by-turn directions, specially designed for cycling - to make navigation easy
  • Team cycle jersey and apparel
  • Minor bike maintenance
  • A phenomenal sense of achievement as you complete the iconic Coast to Coast route

Not Included

  • Transport from Tynemouth back to Whitehaven
  • Meals
  • Road or touring bicycle
  • Snacks whilst cycling
  • Cycling clothing and equipment
  • Camping kit (tent/sleeping bag/ground mat/pillow)

  • Fundraising incentives
  • Fundraising materials
  • Fundraising required
  • Fundraising support
  • Submit fundraising up to 1 month after event

With an achievable £2 per mile, £300 fundraising target, and no sign up fee, there’s no more cost effective way to travel the country.

Bike the UK for MS

Bike the UK for MS is a registered charity organising events to raise awareness of Multiple Sclerosis and support those living with MS. Through partnership with the MS Society funds are split between community level support for local groups and funding research to one day Stop MS.

No connection to MS?

Don't worry, many of the riders don't! This is an opportunity for an amazing adventure and learn about the disease as we ride.

  • All ages
  • Entries open
  • Enter online
  • Fundraising required

Entry fees

Registration fee


Minimum sponsorship


What a finish. What a team. What a trip!

Would definitely recommend and even ride again myself!

Nice mix of difficult and easy riding. Route leaders were great, keeping positive and always attentive.

Great trip and we now have a much better understanding of how MS affects those afflicted.

It was very humbling trip, particularly meeting the MS Group in Tynemouth was a real honour.