Sunday, 7 June 2009

Rich gets to grips with the Accommodation


Schonberg and me good sen have been having a look at C2C accommodation and have one or two options.

Fri 1st May: Mungrisdale / Skiddaw

Blake Beck camping barn (can't find it on t'interweb but I've got the phone number)

Or as an alternative.......

Skiddaw YHA's a bit out of the way but could be a cool place to stay.

Sat 2nd May: Garrigill / Nenthead / Alston

Garrigill Village Hall

Nentheads Mines Bunkhouse

Alston Training and Adventure Centre

Alston YHA

Sun 3rd May: Castleside / Consett

Hownsgill Bunkhouse (Castleside)

Consett YMCA (Consett)

All the above options look like they’re about £10-£16 per night which is probably a bit more expensive than camping but we won’t have to lug the tent around and will be able to get warn and dry off if it rains.

So, I’m going to make a few phone calls tomorrow and if everyone’s happy with the options, I’ll use my initiative and book them. If they're full I think we're going to have to camp.

I’ve spoken to John and he’s fine with anything so, let me know what you think.

10 weeks and 2 days to pedal-off!


My only concern is with the Skiddaw YHA place. Nice location, but would involve a half-hour ride back on ourselves and leave us quite a bit to do on the second day. Also, not sure where the nearest beer and skittle emporium is.

But if the others are full then we can always stop off in Keswick on the way to fill our panniers with single malt!!!


Fellow cyclists,

2 down, 1 to go!

Haven’t sorted out Friday night yet, I’ve left a message for the Blake Beck Camping barn at Mungrisdale people to call me back.

For Saturday night I’ve booked the Assay Bunkhouse at the Heritage Mine in Nenthead. The C2C route runs right passed the front door apparently. It’s 400 yards from Nenthead village which has a pub (Miners Arms) that will supply breakfasts if we pre-book...... I presume they do evening meals as well. The bunkhouse is £12.50 and we need to send a 50% deposit which I’ll sort out if everyone’s happy with this option. I couldn’t get through to the Village Hall in Garrigill so I’ll give them a bit of time to call me back before I send the deposit.

For Sunday night I’ve booked the Hownsgill Bunkhouse which is 200 yards from the C2C route and 1 mile from Consett. It’s a bit pricey at £18 per person but they supply cereals, tea, toast etc for breakfast along with towels and bedding.

Any questions, queries, quandaries or comments, let me know.



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