Coast to coast and coast to castles; our first training bike ride

So, tomorrow morning we set off bright and early on our coast to coast adventure. That’s 140 miles and god knows how many hills from Whitehaven to Tynemouth. It’s difficult to put my finger on why I want to do it but I think its something to do with the sense of fulfillment I imagine I’ll get after traversing the width of the country and dipping a wheel in the sea either side. Fingers crossed I make it! (I have no doubts Alex and Dan will)

Having no previous cycling experience we have really been relying on www.c2c-guide.co.uk to help us plan the route and www.startcycles.co.uk for a bit of necessary kit (leggings with a padded bum of course!).

We’ve managed to fit in one training cycle, which I’m sure falls way short of being prepared however it was a fun day and we even got to go to an ice cream parlour!

cycling along tynemouth longsands, training for the coast to coast

We set off from Gosforth, through Jesmond Vale and down to the Quayside. From there we picked up the coast to coast path that goes all the way out to Tynemouth. We mainly cycled along the well signposted path that led us through grassy parks, housing estates and the occasional industrial plant (I am quietly confident this isn’t going to be the prettiest section of the route).

cycling to Tynemouth from Newcastle

Stretching at Tynemouth longsands

From Tynemouth we cycled up towards Blyth on the “coasts and castles” cycle path through the sand dunes with the sea to the right and the sun on our faces. We cycled through the center of Blyth (always a pleasure) and across country skirting around Bedlington and over towards Stannington. As we headed towards Blagdon we decided to stop at the new Blagdon Parlour tea room and ice cream parlour.

It has a lovely outdoor courtyard area with plenty of tables and I love the fact they make all their own ice cream on site. The menu is classic English Tea Room and I opted for a ginormous jacket potato and Alex a sandwich the size of the brick. It was tasty and definitely filled the hole (we had cycled 32 miles by this point). We cycled the 9 miles back home full but a bit tired and with sore bums.

Lunchtime at Blagdon Parlour

Outside the Blagdon Tea Room

Inside Blagdon Parlour TeaRoom

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