Walney to Wear (Sunderland)

Note, this is a five day/ four night tour.

Resulting from our experiences in 2017, I’ve amended the route(s) on day 1 and 2 to give a more balanced riding distance in the early stages of the tour, see the detail below.

Day 1 – Thursday 19 July (cycling distance, 14 Miles)

Meet at Metro Centre Retail Park, drive (minibus) to Walney Island. We will stop at the Tebay Services (M6 Southbound) to break the journey. Arrive at Walney Island, have lunch at the holiday camp, please bring along a something to eat. After lunch we cycle to Ulverston. Evening meal at The Sun Inn, Ulverston.

Day 2 – Friday 20 July (cycling distance, 31 miles)

Cycle to Kendal, stopping at Grange-over-Sands for lunch (distance to lunch is 16 miles). After lunch we cycle on to Kendal, using the Kendal Hostel for B&B and The Brewery Art Centre for our evening meal.

Day 3 – Saturday 21 July (cycling distance, 32 miles)

Onward to Kirkby Stephen, stopping at Tebay M6 Services for lunch (distance to lunch is 19 miles). After lunch the route to Kirkby Stephen is just a short distance at 13 miles. We are staying at The Black Bull for dinner and our evening meal.

Day 4 – Sunday 22 July (cycling distance, 42 miles)

The longest day of the tour deserves a decent nights sleep and good food. We are staying at The Manor House Hotel in West Auckland on our final night, bring along a costume if swimming is your thing. Lunch will be at Bowes, this is after stopping at Tan Hill for coffee/ tea, distance to lunch is 20 miles, half of which is a breathtaking and beautiful downhill ride into Bowes village. After lunch the route visits Barnard Castle before taking very quiet back lanes to West Auckland.

Day 5 – Monday 23 July (cycling distance, 37 miles)

The final day takes in Bishop Auckland and Durham City, with lunch at the Rainton Meadows Visitor Centre (distance to lunch, 24 miles). After lunch the route heads to it’s destination at Roker Pier in Sunderland, with the opportunity to use the new River Wear Crossing at South Hylton.

Anticipated finish time in Sunderland is approximately 16:30.