We knew that we were facing a climb as soon as we started at Rookhope as we’d made the decision to tackle the final climbs fresh but at least it was a lovely morning and we could appreciate the spectacular views.
The good thing about climbs is the downhills that follow. The only problem with our morning was that the downhill into Stanhope was quickly followed by an long drag uphill with a rather challenging 17% climb just around the corner at Crawleyside Bank. Luckily we had a lot of company on the road for this section as Crawleyside Bank was on the “Winking Sheep” ride. This meant Boo had plenty of wheels to sit on and even managed to find a couple of riders to chase.
Our very kind Bed and Breakfast host had given us some scones which we enjoyed in celebration of completing our final climb before heading on to the Waskerley Way.
The Waskerley Way took us away from the rural scenery and into the urban areas that preceded the industrial structures along the River Wear as we finally reached Sunderland.
We don’t know if Sunderland designed the sculpture at the end of the C2C route for cyclists to pose in but Boo definitely enjoyed herself celebrating.
She even had a go at spelling out Coast 2 Coast.
We’ve created a summary video of the final day’s ride.