The ‘Coast to Coast’ was originally described by Alfred Wainwright, Fell walker and author, in his 1973 book ‘A Coast to Coast Walk’ and is still one of Britain’s favourite walks and bike rides to this day!
European Cycling Tours are proud to offer you the opportunity to ride Wainwright’s original route from the Irish Sea at St. Bees Head across Northern England traversing the Pennine Hills to the North Sea shoreline at Robin Hood’s Bay. On the way it winds a spectacular path through no less than three National Parks; The Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors.
The Coast to Coast is a tough and challenging ride across the North of England, it is also an exhilarating cycling adventure, and once completed is an achievement that will leave indelible memories for the rest of your life!
Total Distance 214mi
Total Ascent 4,000m
Max Alt 528m
Difficulty Grade 3/5
Next Departure 10 Sept 2020
Scenery Score 10/10
Guide Price £695
Wainwright Coast To Coast Route
Irish Sea (St Bees)
Lake District National Park
Yorkshire Dales National Park
Tan Hill Inn (highest pub in Britain)
Vale Of Mowbray
North York Moors National Park
North Sea (Robin Hoods Bay)
Day 1 – Arrive Kendal – Schedule of recommended arrival times given on application. Build bikes before evening meal and early night.
Day 2 – Transfer to St Bees before riding St Bees to Kendal – 112km (70mi)
Day 3 – Kendal To Darlington – 133km (83mi)
Day 4 – Darlington To Robin Hoods Bay – 90km (56mi)
Day 5 – Pack down bikes before transfer return to Kendal and onward return journey home.
Experienced Cycle Leader(s), Full Vehicle Support including Driver/Mechanic, First Aiders, Luggage Transfer Through Trip, 3/4 star Hotel Accommodation (4 nights inc Breakfast), Transfer Return To Kendal from Finish Location
Travel to start location, Lunches, Evening Dinners
Bike Transfer To/From Kendal (Certain UK Locations Only), Bedroom Upgrade
Recommended travel information to Kendal will be given on your application. To help us help you, it is important you notify us of any extraordinary travel arrangements you may have that prevents you from arriving at the recommended times. Your personal bags will be carried by the support vehicle throughout the event.
Please do not arrive to the event with rigid bike travel boxes. Support vehicles will have limited space and are unable to stow large solid bike boxes as well as all luggage and equipment through the event. Please contact us with any questions regarding flight transport of your bike, we will be more than happy to discuss this further with you.
Weather & Kit
We can expect ‘mixed’ weather patterns of sunshine and rain and cool temperatures (at altitude) in this region of the United Kingdom. With some luck we will stay dry and the sun will join us for the ride, but if not, remember to bring plenty of layers – not heavy coverings.
This tour across England is a mixed road and trail bike tour. Your bike should be well maintained and in good running order with suitable gears and brakes to tackle steep gradients – up and down! A sports hybrid bike (with high gears and wide tyres – min 28mm) is ideal but a road/touring bike also with high gears and wide tyres would also be suitable. We also welcome on to this tour of applications from experienced eBike riders.
A full kit list will be issued in your ‘Joining Instructions’ document after your application. We would like to emphasise good quality wet weather gear and warm base/mid layers for your coast to coast trip. We will be glad to discuss any aspect of kit and your bike with you, please call us anytime with any questions.
Fitness & Training
This is a level 3 cycle event. You will be capable of riding comfortably up to 100km in a day and/or used to riding distances up to 80km over hilly terrain (minimum). If you have any doubt as to your fitness regarding participation in this event, please give us a call and we will be more than happy to chat with you.
Click here for Training plan
Please arrive to the event ready to ride and not rely on ‘muscle memory’ or riding into ‘trip fitness’ – don’t let us or yourself (or others) down…please train to tour.
eBIKE RIDERS WELCOME!
“Better organisation than Team Sky, Jason and Giles where awesome. Every thing ran so smoothly all we had to do was ride!” Richard Moore (Alpine TdF Velo Spectacular)
Coast To Coast Route Map
Coast To Coast Route Profile
Next Departure – 10 Sept 2020
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Well done folks …very professional indeed, 7days cycling together from Vienna to Milan is no joke …but thanks to you and your professionalism, support and determination the challenge is over with positive feelings…. thank you to all your very friendly team who also go out of their way to give you a memorable experience… Until the next one !!!” Mark Camilleri (Vienna To Milan Cycle Challenge)