Clubs & Societies | Posted 29.07.2014

Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge 2014

We were blessed with the most perfect sunny weather for the coast to coast challenge – perhaps even a little too hot at times! After an overnight under canvas at Tanglewood campsite Silloth, and a swim in the Solway Firth, students and staff left on Tuesday morning and cycled 46 miles on day one, following the route of our Roman heritage and Hadrian ’s Wall. We enjoyed the Cumbrian country side and cycled to Dandy Dinmont camp, north of Carlisle.  A good night’s sleep refreshed achy legs for day two, the most challenging 50 miles of hilly Northern Pennines, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The group took the opportunity to look at Housesteads Roman Fort and an archaeological dig at Vindolanda Fort before proceeding through the Northumberland National Park to Greencarts camping barn at Humshaugh, where a BBQ in the evening sun was enjoyed by all. The final cycle day took the group 42 miles through Gateshead and Newcastle along the cycle track on the riverbanks of the Tyne.  We admired the engineering work on the seven bridges of the Tyne before reaching the silver sands of South Shields for a most welcome dip in the North Sea. After a short drive to Durham, the group enjoyed a celebratory meal at an authentic Italian restaurant before retiring to a well-deserved comfy bed. The return journey home on Friday took in a large section of the 2014 Tour de France Yorkshire Grand Depart.

A terrific effort by all resulted in the most successful challenge achieved.  Our grateful thanks to Mr Rob Youlten, the cycle group leader and our very best wishes to him and his family on their adventures in Kenya.

The ride was in support of Parkinson’s Disease and has raised a substantial amount of money.  Any  further donations would be gratefully accepted.

The link is: https://www.justgiving.com/coast-to-coast-cycle

Carol Anderton
Careers Guidance Co-ordinator