Cycle Britain

Tour Overview.

Coast to Coast ‘Way of The Roses’ cycling tour.  Imagine spending a three-day / two night weekend cycling across the country. Well, our Coast to Coast guided tour offers precisely that opportunity and squeezes a lot of fun and adventure into just three days where you’ll be seeing and staying in some of the most beautiful parts of the UK.  Additionally, the tour is fully supported by our expert guides. We transfer you and your bike back to the start at the end of the tour.  Contact us if you would like bike collection and your bike servicing before the start of the tour.

Cycle Britain’s unique Coast to Coast route crosses Northern England from Morecambe Bay to Bridlington Harbour. Along the way, it traverses the Yorkshire Dales National Park and three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

All tour options include baggage transfer. Other options include a qualified leader who will help guide you through the route. Our support vehicle is available for both guided and self-guided tour options.

Book online today for our scheduled tour or contact us for your own group tour if you have six or more people.  We have everything covered so you can concentrate on the cycling.   If you want to discuss options for a slightly longer duration for a gentler cycling experience, upgrades to higher-end accommodation or for anything else contact Alan on 01925 564281 or email us today.

You may also be interested in other similar tours in the UK.   The Yorkshire Dales which is a two-day challenging road cycling tour.  The Lake District Tour is our most challenging tour and is based on the legendary Fred Whitton tour.  The Hebrides tour is our unique week-long tour cycling across the ten islands of the Hebrides.

Cycle Britain continuously assesses risk and monitors COVID-19 Guidelines.  At the start of each tour, we provide a succinct and clear policy and set of actions regarding the possible impact of COVID-19.  As cycling is an outdoor sport and we have hand-picked accommodation, we are confident that the COVID-19 risk is limited.   We do however recommend that you have appropriate travel insurance so that if you fall ill and test positive for COVID-19 prior to (or during) your tour, you will be financially covered for cancelling your trip. Check your policy for details. As well as medical cover consider booking a policy that covers you if you have to cancel or curtail your holiday because you have to self-isolate. Please contact us and we can suggest some options which might help.

Cycle Britain

175 miles / 3 Days

We love making cycling more accessible. That’s why this tour welcomes cyclists of all abilities and experiences. Averaging 58 miles a day, this route is enough to challenge and provide a sense of achievement, but also remains accessible for a majority of cyclists.  So bring your e-bike and spare battery ;-), road bike , hybrid or gravel bike and tackle a grand cross-country challenge with Cycle Britain.

The fully supported, guided tours remove the hassle so all you have to focus on is the riding. Allow our guides to lead the way and teach you tips and tricks that will improve your cycling ability. Let our support vehicles carry your bags, resolve any mechanicals, and replenish your energy with feed stations and drinks.  We’ll overnight at a quality accommodation which guarantees rest, delicious food and splendid views.

For cyclists desiring a fully-supported cycling experience, Cycle Britain offers a fully supported tour. Our support vehicles carry your bags, assist any mechanicals, and support you fully and are never far away. We monitor your progress and ensure you arrive safely.

For the cyclist that wants just baggage transfer, we provide the route and accommodation.  This fully independent option has us in reserve just in case you need further support.

We restrict group sizes to a maximum of twelve riders to ensure our guides and support vehicles can exceed your expectations.  We keep our groups small, 8 – 12 riders, as this allows us to cater to different levels of fitness and riding experience. If you have your own group, however, we would be happy to arrange a special weekend for you. Just get in touch!

You may also be interested in other similar tours in the UK.   The Yorkshire Dales which is a two-day challenging road cycling tour.  The Lake District Tour is our most challenging tour and is based on the legendary Fred Whitton tour.  The Hebrides tour is our unique week-long tour cycling across the ten islands of the Hebrides.

Tour Highlights.

  • Visit the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park.
  • Ride through three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB): Forest of Bowland, Nidderdale, Howardian Hills.
  • Enjoy low-traffic roads and cycleways.
  • Experience a cross-section of North England.
  • Nutritious and delicious lunches and snacks from the support vehicle where applicable.
  • The satisfaction of riding the Coast to Coast.
  • Making new friends and enjoying the camaraderie of riding in a group of 12.
  • Organised accommodation to meet your specific needs
  • Enjoy the full support of our expert team.
  • A range of options to suit all cyclists on scheduled dates
  • Our tour includes a comfortable transfer back to the start with your bike
  • Cycling through the Forest of Bowland and the Yorkshire Dales
  • Bookable tour for any date you would like for as group of six or more
  • Photograph with the Eric Morecambe statue at the start
  • Dedicated Tour Manager (Alan) available on 01925 564281 to answer questions via phone or email
  • Free support with bike transport, bike service arrangements, or anything else you need to ensure a successful trip

Summary of the Tour.

  1. Morecambe to Cracoe (55 miles)

    It is customary to begin grand cross-country cycling adventures by dipping your rear wheel into the sea. That might not be possible, however, as Morecambe Bay is Britain’s second largest bay; at low tide, the sea vanishes and in its place you’ll find 310 square kilometres of empty sand. After skirting north of Lancaster, the first day is an exhilarating and scenic ride through the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and then the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The ride finishes in Cracoe in the shadow of the Cracoe Reef Knolls, a series of low-lying limestone hills which are the remains of a coral reef, millions of years old.

  2. Cracoe to York (60 miles)

    This morning’s ride undulates over the Yorkshire Dales with every climb, dip and twist of the road revealing more of the landscape’s beguiling beauty. A long descent sweeps you from the Yorkshire Dales and down to Pateley Bridge, a charming market town that featured in the 2014 Tour de France and boasts an award-winning High Street and idyllic stone houses. A steep climb with gradients of 19% lifts you from the picturesque town and guides you across Nidderdale AONB. Stop to admire Ripon’s 7th-century gothic cathedral and then let flat country lanes lead you to York, where today’s journey ends.

  3. York to Bridlington (60 miles)

    The first 15 miles of today’s ride unfurls through your third AONB, the Howardian Hills. This captivating landscape is one of woodland, rolling hills, pastoral farmland and scenic villages, and is a delight to pedal through. Most of today’s ride is along roads which form the Yorkshire National Byway and the Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route, recognising their low-traffic and scenic beauty as they roll over an outcrop of chalk hills. By now, your gaze will be set on England’s east coast. The air assumes a salty tang, a chorus of gulls squawk overhead and the road slowly descends to the sea. The sandy beaches, elegant promenade, historic harbour and abundance of seafood make Bridlington a perfect conclusion to this adventure. We celebrate the final evening with a banquet that offers the chance to reminisce the highlights of the tour over delicious food.

Itinerary.

On the first morning, we leave the Irish Sea behind and point our wheels east towards the distant North Sea coastline. Having skirted around Lancaster, the first day is spent exclusively in the Forest of Bowland and the Yorkshire Dales, areas recognised and protected for their unique beauty.

The second day demands the most climbing (2,750 feet/840 metres) as we undulate over the hills and valleys of the Yorkshire Dales and Nidderdale. We stop to explore the beautiful market town of Pateley Bridge, which hosted the Tour de France in 2014, and Ripon which is centred around a seventh-century gothic cathedral. We spend the evening in York.

The third and final day crosses the Howardian Hills and then leads you over the chalk hills of the Yorkshire Wolds and to the North Sea coast beyond. Bridlington is characterised by sandy beaches, an elegant promenade and a historic harbour. Nicknamed ‘The Lobster Capital of Europe,’ this is the perfect place to eat fresh and delicious seafood.

Dates and Prices.

  • 15th April -
    17th April 2022
    £585

    3 days guided and supported cycling, including 2 nights of accommodation. Based on single occupancy, transfer included back to start.

  • 15th April -
    17th April 2022
    £540

    3 days guided and supported cycling, including 2 nights of accommodation. Based on shared occupancy, transfer included back to start.

  • 15th April -
    17th April 2022
    £525

    3 days supported cycling, including 2 nights of single occupancy accommodation.
    Includes transfer back to start.

  • 15th April -
    17th April 2022
    £475

    3 days supported cycling, including 2 nights of shared accommodation.
    Includes transfer back to start.

  • 15th April -
    17th April 2022
    £420

    3 days self guided cycling, including 2 nights of single occupancy accommodation and baggage transfer. Transfer back to start included.

  • 15th April -
    17th April 2022
    £375

    3 days self guided cycling, including 2 nights of shared occupancy accommodation and baggage transfer. Transfer back to start included.

Route.

All our routes are available to our Komoot followers.  Follow Cycle Britain on Komoot.

What’s Included.

Fully-supported tour for supported and guided tours

The Alex Wagon is the name of the Cycle Britain support vehicle. It is named after our amazing lead support manager, Alex. He's there to help with anything you may need and will track you on your journey to ensure you have the support required. Exact detail dependent on the choice of the tour as outlined in the dates and prices section above.

Nutritious breakfasts, lunches and snacks.

After a hearty breakfast, the Alex Wagon becomes a pop-up café providing nutritious lunches, snacks, and sports drinks throughout your ride.
Exact detail dependent on the choice of the tour as outlined in the dates and prices section above.

Cycle Britain tour guide, komoot mapping & detailed route notes

We are an official partner with komoot and make your route available to you once you have booked so you can check the full details of the tour. We provide GPX and TCX files. These can be transferred onto Garmin and Wahoo. When you attend a tour you will receive all the route notes and our free guide as a PDF. Information is also provided in our navigation notes to read on arrival. With detailed trip notes, komoot mapping and your guide, you can't go far wrong.

Live Tracking

Our live tracking allows you to share your journey in real-time.

Microsoft Teams Tour Groups

We use Microsoft Teams to help you get to know your team before your departure.

Accommodation

Four nights of premier accommodation in luxury four and five-star hotels, including a 16th-century Coaching Inn and a Grade II-listed Georgian farmhouse. Exact detail dependent on the choice of the tour as outlined in the dates and prices section above.

Expert staff

We are available to support your trip and answer any questions.

Route plans

Accessible as a GPS track on your phone before you even leave. All you need is your phone to use our turn-by-turn navigation.

Daily luggage transfer

We carry your bags between hotels so you don’t have to! When you arrive at the hotel your bags will be waiting in your room for you. We also manage your day-bag and ensure it’s available when you need something. Exact detail dependent on the choice of the tour as outlined in the dates and prices section above.

Unrivalled knowledge of cycling in Britain

We pride ourselves on being the experts on cycling in Britain.

Free guide to nutrition, training and bike setup

To help you prepare for this tour, we provide you with free guides on what to eat, how to train and general bike setup tips.

A transfer from the end of the tour to the start.

To make this an enjoyable experience we provide a transfer back to the start of the tour. Exact detail dependent on the choice of the tour as outlined in the dates and prices section above.

What’s Not Included.

A bike and helmet

Please provide your own bike and helmet for this trip. Get in touch if you have any questions regarding whether your equipment is appropriate.

Travel Insurance

We highly recommend you take out insurance.

Evening Meals

We prefer to give you flexibility for your dinners.

Accommodation.

Our accommodation options are designed to meet your needs.  Please see the range of options as you proceed to the book now area.  For detailed information on your accommodation please contact Alan on 01925 564281 or email us.

Examples of our accommodation include the Unicorn in Skipton.

Trip Suitability.

This is a Grade 4 tour which means it is suitable ‘for those that want a challenge. These routes provide a challenge to complete steep climbs and descents’ and involve ’60 – 100 miles per day.’

The average daily distance is 58 miles. Over 3 days, you will climb 7,500 feet (2,300 metres).

You may also be interested in other similar tours in the UK.   The Yorkshire Dales which is a two-day challenging road cycling tour.  The Lake District Tour is our most challenging tour and is based on the legendary Fred Whitton tour.  The Hebrides tour is our unique week-long tour cycling across the ten islands of the Hebrides.

Gallery.

Frequently Asked Questions.

What level of support is offered?

This trip has full vehicle support meaning everything you need is taken care of. We provide breakfasts, lunches and snacks and can offer advice on nutrition, equipment, preparation and training. We provide detailed route notes and GPX files.

Do you cater to vegan and vegetarian diets?

Absolutely! Inform us in advance of any dietary requirements and we will be glad to cater to you.

Will we be able to wash our clothes on the trip?

There will be opportunities to wash clothes and leaders can take your items to a launderette.

Can I charge my phone?

We have a charging station in the support van.

What level of fitness do I need?

This is a Grade 3 tour which means it is suitable for ‘regular cyclists who enjoy regular cycling whether training indoor or outside.’ The focus is on a half-day of cycling with fun stops and sightseeing.’ The average daily distance is 43 miles.

What level of ability do I need?

This trip is available to those with an intermediate level of fitness. Our guides will be available to coach you on cycling-specific skills.

Do you offer other similar tours?

Yes we have many options.  You may also be interested in similar tours in the UK.   The Yorkshire Dales which is a two-day challenging road cycling tour.  The Lake District Tour is our most challenging tour and is based on the legendary Fred Whitton tour.  The Hebrides tour is our unique week-long tour cycling across the ten islands of the Hebrides.

Covid-19 Policy

As a business we review our Covid-19 Policy prior to and during all tours. We follow government guidelines and work with our clients to keep people as safe as possible.

At the start of each tour, we provide a succinct and clear policy and set of actions regarding the possible impact of COVID-19.  As cycling is an outdoor sport and we have hand-picked accommodation, we are confident that the COVID-19 risk is limited. We do however recommend that you have appropriate travel insurance so that if you fall ill and test positive for COVID-19 prior to (or during) your tour, you will be financially covered for cancelling your trip. Check your policy for details. As well as medical cover consider booking a policy that covers you if you have to cancel or curtail your holiday because you have to self-isolate. Please contact us and we can suggest some options which might help.