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Fri 16 Sep - Sun 18 Sep 2016

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Day 1, Fri 16 Sep 2016

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.

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Day 2, Sat 17 Sep 2016

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.

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Day 3, Sun 18 Sep 2016

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.

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Important information

There is no accommodation included for this final evening, so you may wish to consider booking an extra night either in Whitehaven or Whitley Bay.

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We hold an Air Travel Organiser's Licence granted by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 6546. Many of the flight-inclusive challenges on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed on this website. This ATOL protection only covers challenges that include flights booked by Charity Challenge and that originate in the UK. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions for information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLcertificate

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