•A weekend challenge in the North of England
•Dip your wheels into both the Irish and North Seas
•Follow parts of Hadrian's Wall and visit an ancient Roman Fort
•Experience the beauty of the Northumbrian scenery
Be inspired by some of the most dramatic scenery England has to offer on this classic bike ride from west to east. Departing from the coast of West Cumbria, this challenging itinerary stretches for 140 miles until reaching the North Sea. The picturesque route crosses the northern edge of the Lake District, then climbs into the dramatic landscapes of the northern Pennines. Following the ancient fringes of Hadrian’s Wall, it then heads down to the coastline of Whitley Bay.
You’ll need all your pedal power to tackle big ascents and descents in the Eden Valley and Northumberland National Park. The aches and pains will be long forgotten, however, while the memory of this remarkable journey past former mining towns and Roman forts will endure for years to come.
Departing from the Cumbrian coast, you’ll need all your pedal power to tackle big ascents and descents as this challenging itinerary stretches for 140 miles to the North Sea
Pay a registration fee of £95.00 when you book.
Then a balance of £404.00
(5 weeks before your challenge).
Raise as much as you can for MHA
Registration fee of £95.00 when you book.
Raise a minimum of £825.00 for MHA .
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Registration Closes - 1 March 2017
If you are unable to take part in this challenge alternative dates are available in September 2017
For more information about this event please contact the Fundraising Team by calling 01332 22 1641 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This event is organsied by a third party organisation - to view full details of this challenge online please visit charitychallenge.com
Day 1, Fri 12 May 2017
Arrival and preparation
A warm welcome awaits you in the Cumbrian port town of Whitehaven. You will be met by the Charity Challenge representatives, as well as your fellow cyclists. The evening will be spent enjoying your first team dinner, followed by a full briefing about the coming days.
Day 2, Sat 13 May 2017
Whitehaven to Alston (approximately 65 miles)
And we’re off! After a very early breakfast, we head towards the shore where we dip our bikes in the Irish Sea. It’s then time to get pedalling as we venture towards the village of Cleator Moor and into the stirring landscape of the Lake District National Park.
Home to England’s highest mountains and deepest lakes, the region has inspired writers, artists and poets for generations. But our main concern this morning are the daunting hills that we need to cross in order to reach Loweswater and then Braithwaite and Keswick. We stop in Threkeld for a hard-earned lunch, before pushing on across Cumbria’s rolling hills and past Greystoke and the historic market town of Penrith. Finally we reach Alston: our home for the night. Dinner will be followed by another briefing and the chance to reflect on the day’s events.
Day 3, Sun 14 May 2017
Alston to Whitley Bay (approximately 75 miles)
Recharged and ready for action, we start the day by heading towards Northumberland National Park and the ancient ramparts of Hadrian’s Wall. The route ventures upwards through Halfwhistle and on to Homestead’s Fort, dramatically located on a high escarpment of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site. The fort, which offers spectacular panoramas, once housed about 800 men and is supposedly the site of Britain’s oldest toilets!
It’s then time to head east towards our final destination. Bypassing Newcastle-upon-Tyne, we head for our final destination: St Mary’s Lighthouse in Whitley Bay. Exhausted but triumphant, we complete the ride by dipping our wheels in the North Sea. There will be plenty of time for group photos and celebrations at the end of this spectacular ride. Participants can either make their own way home or be transferred back to Whitehaven free of charge
£6 could help us deliver a week's Telebuddies service, providing a regular phone call to check on five isolated older people living alone.
£50 could train a volunteer befriender for an isolated older person, helping to reduce loneliness and isolation in their own home.
£180 could fund a Music Therapist for a day, working to reduce anxiety in four 1:1 sessions and one group session.
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