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The W2W is the name of a cross-country cycle route in Northern England, regional route 20. It runs from Walney Island in Cumbria to Sunderland on the River Wear (hence 'W2W', or Walney to Wear).


The route was launched on 1 June 2005 to complement the popular Sea to Sea Cycle Route (C2C) that runs from Whitehaven to Sunderland. It is designed to be slightly harder and longer than this other route, totalling either 149 or 151 miles (243 km). As it has only been launched recently, the route is still undergoing some improvements (June 2005) to meet National Cycle Network standards.


From west to east, the W2W takes the following route:


  1. ^ A third option is now available. Regional Route 52 between Barnard Castle and Whitby allows cycling the Walney to Whitby route of 171 miles (275 km).

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Coordinates: 54°27′59″N 2°06′05″W / 54.4663°N 2.1013°W / 54.4663; -2.1013 (W2W cycle route)