Rob Atkin wrote:
I'm planning on doing it on my road bike so will avoid the off-road bits, plus I will be staying in B&B'S.
I'm thinking of doing it in 2 days but not sure if its a bit ambitious.
Just completed the Sustrans C2C route at the weekend. Thoroughly enjoyed it, better than I expected. Our group of 10 were on a mix of MTB and Hybrid.
The route we followed was a mix of old railway line, road, and some bridleway, so unlikely to be the route you intend to do on a road bike.
Day 1: Workington to Penrith (75Km). Old railway line is a mix of tarmac and hard pack. Bridleway through Wythop Wood down to Bassenthwaite Lake has steep short sections of rocky outcrop and softish ground which is likely to be a bit 'tetchy' on a road bike.
Day 2: Penrith to Alllenheads (55Km). All on the road. 4 climbs. Hartside cafe was very busy (Bank Holiday). Fine for a road bike.
Day 3: Allenheads to Sunderland (75Km). Almost all on bridleway or old railway line. Bridleway through Stanhope Common would not be suitable for a road bike. Old Railway line (Waskerley Way) is a mix of hard pack, tarmac, loose pea gravel, so not really suited to a road bike.
So not much help as I can only assume you are planning an alternative route.