Cycle Coast to Coast Across North Yorkshire (Self-Guided)

Make your way through three National Parks and over three of the top ten UK climbs. 3 days.

This carefully planned ride is the only route in the UK that takes you from coast to coast through three distinctly different National Parks; you’ll ride at your own pace from St Bees to Robin Hood’s Bay, enjoying the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, and North York Moors National Parks along the way.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 3 days cycling
  • 2 nights B&B accommodation
  • Daily baggage transfer
  • Breakfast
  • Local transfers
  • All taxes, insurances and licenses relative to the trip

Perfect for: Cycling fanatics looking for a challenge on a unique ride through varying terrain and picturesque landscapes.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Lunches and evening meals
  • Snacks and drink
  • Personal expenses
  • Bike hire (your host can arrange bike hire and is happy to collect and return bikes for you)

3 nights of accomodation are included in your trip cost.

Let your host know if you would like this to be at the start of your cycle or after the challenge. Your host will be in touch to arrange this.

You need to be fit for this challenge and keen cyclist used to long-distance cycling. If this itinerary is too challenging why not add an extra day and night to the cycle for £80.

Expect and prepare for anything; the weather can change from hot and sunny to cold and wet, and sometimes on the same day.

Breakfast will be included with your accommodation. A good choice will be made available with full English breakfast and continental options. The food from local accommodation and pubs along the way is mainly locally sourced very good quality produce. Also, the local ales are superb! If you have any special requests, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

As this is a self-guided trip, no kit will be provided.

Your host can arrange bike hire and is happy to collect and return bikes for you. This will be an extra cost.

  • Cycling kit for a full day riding
  • Overnight gear
  • Riding tools (e.g. mini pump, inner tubes)

Other recommendations are: - Camera - Mobile phone - Personal medicine if required (please inform your guide in case of emergency)

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Yes! Any under 18’s must be accompanied by parent.


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You’ll cycle over 150 miles across the North of England, spending 90% of the time inside National Parks.

The Lake District National Park is characterised by high fells, deep glacial lakes and is England’s largest National Park; the Yorkshire Dales offers rolling green valleys scattered with traditional field barns and drystone walls; and the North York Moors opens wide with the largest heather moor in the world, traditional fishing villages, cliffs and beaches.

This ride will also challenge you to conquer three of the top ten best climbs in the UK; Hardknott, Wrynose, and the steepest route to Kirkstone Pass (454m), known as The Struggle which requires over 400m of climbing.

Start point?
You can meet you host at a secure car park at Kirkby Stephen at 08:15. You will then be transferred to the start of the route at St Bees. Alternatively, you can meet your host as St Bees at 10:15. Your host will be in touch before your trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your tour will end in Robin Hood’s Bay. As this is a self-guided tour, there is no set end-time but you can expect to arrive somewhere around 15:00. You will be transferred back to Kirkby Stephen or St Bees, depending on your preference. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Note: You have three nights accommodation included in the price, two of which are on the cycle route, you may choose if you would like to stay the night before the challenge or night after the challenge to help break up travel time. Tell your host which you would rather. This will change your start and finish points depending on your choice.

Getting there and away?
At Kirkby Stephen, there is a secure car park with parking included in your package. Your transfer to St Bees for you and your bike is also included. You may travel from London to St Bees (from Euston) or Kirkby Stephen (from Kings Cross) by train. Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

What to Expect

Day 1: St Bees to Kirkby Stephen

Your host will meet you at the secure car park at Kirkby Stephen at 08:15 and transfer you to St Bees. You also have the option to meet your guide at St Bees at 10:15 if you’d prefer.

Equipped with all you need, you’ll leave St Bees and make your way through Eskdale and over the challenging climbs of Hardknott and Wrynose passes before descending to Little Langdale and eventually Ambleside.

You’ll continue your journey at your own pace with a climb to Kirkstone Pass via the notorious route, ‘The Struggle’ before descending to Patterdale. The rest of the day will be spent riding along quiet lanes to Kirkby Stephen and your B&B for the night.

85 miles cycling

Day 2: Kirkby Stephen to Osmotherley

After breakfast this morning, you’ll head out to tackle a big climb up Tail Brigg and across the watershed to the top of Swaledale valley.

The glide down will take you through Swaledale and into the market town of Richmond – a good place to stop for lunch.

This afternoon, you’ll ride across the Vale of Mowbray along flat quiet lanes and through quaint villages until you reach Osmotherley and tonight’s B&B.

Approx. 50 miles cycling

Day 3: Osmotherley to Robin Hood’s Bay

This morning, you’ll start your ride into the North York Moors. You can expect large rollers all the way to the village of Swainby before you pass through Kildale and into the heart of the Moors.

Say goodbye to the flat sections from here to the finish line as you ride through the local villages before eventually dropping down into Robin Hood’s Bay.

You can stay and recover for an additional night at Robin Hood’s Bay, or alternatively, your transfer will take you back to Kirkby Stephen.

Approx. 50 miles cycling

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.

If you’d prefer to join a guided trip with other cyclists check out the guided option here.


At each stop along the route, you will stay at a predetermined bed and breakfast. Your host has great relationships with the accommodations along the route and will ensure you have a comfortable stay at a quality, cycle-friendly guesthouse.

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