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Coasts and Castles Cycle Challenge

Posted: 2009-05-31

Coasts and Castles Cycle Challenge

If you enjoy cycling AND history, you might be interested in the news that SUSTRANS, the folks responsible for the National Cycle Network scheme, are promoting a special three day cycle challenge along the 176 miles of coast from Gateshead to Edinburgh.

The cycle route will take in the fabulous Northumberland coast, with its dramatic seascape and historic castles, plus Hadrian's Wall, and Arthur's Seat, as well as Edinburgh Castle. Here's a bit of the press release:

A three-day cycling challenge covering 176-miles of the magnificent Coasts and Castles South cycle route will take place this autumn in support of Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity.

The sponsored ride will start from Gateshead on Friday 25 September and arrive in Edinburgh on Sunday 27 September 2009. 

The ride will follow National Routes 1 and 76 of the National Cycle Network.  Historical sites like Hadrian's Wall and Arthur's Seat will feature on the trip, as well as the dramatic Edinburgh Castle at the ride's end in the Scottish capital.

Other ride highlights will include crossing the iconic Gateshead Millennium Bridge, a picnic overlooking the unspoilt island of Lindisfarne, and an exclusive tour and dinner at the medieval Alnwick Castle, where parts of the new Harry Potter film were made.

Participants will need to contribute a minimum of £120 to cover the cost of the trip, which will include meals, camping accommodation, maps and other limited edition Sustrans goodies. They will also need to raise at least £500 each in sponsorship, which will support Sustrans' work, including helping to maintain and develop the 12,000 miles of National Cycle Network across the UK.

To find out more about the ride or to request an application pack, visit www.sustrans.org.uk call 0117 381 2354 or email sustrans@riotevents.co.uk

You can enter either as an individual or get some friends together and enter as a team. You'll be having a whale of a time, and raising money for an important charity as well.

I can tell you from my own experience that the route covered by the challenge takes in some of the most glorious countryside in the UK, so from that perspective alone it should make for an unforgettable experience!


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