Cycle Britain

Tour Overview.

Imagine spending a three-day 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. This is our premier tour. In addition to three days of cycling fully-supported by our expert guides, you’ll also enjoy four nights in luxury four and five-star hotels and a celebratory final evening banquet.

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. Rather than follow the peloton of cyclists who embark on the Sustrans route, we utilised our local knowledge to develop a route that embarks on quieter roads through lesser-pedalled regions.

128 miles / 3 Days

We love making cycling more accessible. That’s why this tour welcomes cyclists of all types. Averaging 43 miles a day, this route is enough to challenge and provide a sense of achievement, but also remains possible for a majority of cyclists. So bring your e-bike, road bike or gravel bike and tackle a grand cross-country challenge with Cycle Britain.

This is a fully-supported tour. You’ll enjoy the support of our guides, who are qualified bike-mechanics and first aiders, and our support vehicle, which carries your day-bag and transforms into a pop-up café to provide nutritious lunches and snacks.

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!

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.
  • The satisfaction of riding the Coast to Coast.
  • Making new friends and enjoying the camaraderie of riding in a group of 12.
  • Our celebratory final evening banquet in Bridlington.
  • 4 nights of luxury accommodation in memorable 4 and 5-star hotels.
  • Enjoy the full support of our expert team of guides.

Summary of the Tour.

  1. Morecambe to Cracoe (38.4 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 Easingwold (44.4 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 Easingwold, where today’s journey ends.

  3. Easingwold to Bridlington (45.6 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.

We begin in Morecambe with a presentation evening. This offers a chance to meet your support team and fellow riders, and to ask any questions you have.

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. Our first day concludes beneath the remnants of a millennia-old coral reef.

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 near Easingwold on the western flanks of the Howardian Hills.

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. We celebrate the final evening of the trip with a banquet. This is a chance to reminisce on the highlights of the trip and the new friendships made.

Dates and Prices.

  • 3rd June -
    6th June 2021
    £800

    3 days of cycling including 4 nights of accommodation. Based on two sharing a twin or double room.

  • 3rd June -
    6th June 2021
    £950

    3 days of cycling including 4 nights of accommodation. Single room for one person.

  • 20th August -
    22nd August 2021
    £800

    3 days of cycling including 4 nights of accommodation. Based on two sharing a twin or double room.

  • 20th August -
    22nd August 2021
    £950

    3 days of cycling including 4 nights of accommodation. Single room for one person.

Route.

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

What’s Included.

Fully-supported tour

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.

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.

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.

Free use of soft bike bag if needed

Storage bag for your bike if required to take it into your hotel.

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.

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.

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.

Celebratory final evening banquet

We love to conclude our trips with a celebratory meal on the final evening.

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.

Transport to Morecambe/ from Bridlington

Our tour begins in Morecambe and finishes in Bridlington. Both are easily-accessible by train.

Evening Meals

We prefer to give you flexibility for your dinners. We do, however, include a celebratory banquet on your final evening.

Accommodation.

This is not your typical Coast to Coast accommodation package! On this trip, it is not enough to simply offer warm hospitality and a comfortable stay. We hand-pick luxury 4 and 5-star hotels that ooze character and promise a memorable night. This brings us to a 16th-century coaching inn, a 300-year old pub and a Grade-II listed Georgian farmhouse.

Trip Suitability.

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. Over 3 days, you will climb 7,500 feet (2,300 metres).

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.