Mountain bike Coast to Coast – 16th to 20th Aug 2020
The mountain bike coast to coast is HARD. Very doable, but still very tough! The miles (average 35 per day) are probably much tougher than you’re thinking. Don’t think trail centre blue or red routes! You’ll be pushing/carrying your bike on some of the hills and some of the downhills are steep, rocky & scary!
So why do it..?!
You prefer your biking to be a challenge? You appreciate being away from the noise in genuinely awesome scenery? You enjoy putting the effort in?
Then it’s probably for you!
And in no way contradicting the above, riders in their 60’s have completed the trip. The vast majority of riders that start, finish. But again, it needs commitment!
Is My Bike Suitable?
Ask your local bike shop or phone us on 07779930015 for advice if you’re not sure. As a rough guide you’ll need one that has some suspension and is in good order. It must be sold and guaranteed as a mountain bike rather than just ‘look like one’. And if it cost £500 or more new it is likely to be fine, but check with someone with expertise.
Please make sure your bike is serviced beforehand. If you do your own repairs & servicing see the bike checklist to help avoid missing anything.
Hybrids aren’t suitable. They’re only designed to handle roads and gentle trails and are unlikely to be strong enough.
Route – St Bees to Robin Hoods Bay
Various coast to coast routes exist but this is definitely mountain bike focused with challenging/fun off road (depending on perspective!) The photos just give a taste of the scenery, it’s hard to convey in 2d!
If you’re considering the mountain bike coast to coast, the challenge of the riding is likely to be a focus. St Bees to Robin Hoods Bay has the best trails & scenery. The route takes in the Lakes, Yorkshire Dales, through Kirkby Stephen, then the North York Moors.
Classics like Black Sail Pass, Garburn Pass, the Pennine Way & Swaledale are on route plus some nice trails you probably won’t have heard of. People do ride the route in less time, but 5 days riding is the minimum to enjoy & experience the landscape.
In general, the riding gets a little easier each day. Some people notice this more than others!
An experienced guide will accompany you on our Coast to Coast as you experience the remote & challenging trails. No map reading skills needed & no worries about flat GPS batteries..!
We’ll ride on the Sunday finishing on the Thursday. The price includes B&B accommodation on route only. This gives the choice to stay overnight in St Bees before or get a lift to start in the morning.
The trip includes daily transfer for one bag; you’ll just need to carry your day pack with the appropriate stash for each day’s riding (make sure it has space for lunch & plenty of snacks!). Your guide will have good mechanical knowledge, but bear in mind there’s a limit for tools & spares! In the evenings there will also be chance for repairs should parts be available.
Transport to St Bees:
For public transport there’s a train station at St Bees or if the times don’t match up, Whitehaven is close. The finish at Robin Hood’s Bay has Bay Taxis who have a vehicle big enough to take a bike, if you need to get to Scarborough for a train. If you contact Packhorse or similar companies, they do a transport & parking service where they will take you from your vehicle to St Bees & back to your vehicle from Robin Hoods Bay. We usually arrive at Robin Hoods Bay mid-afternoon (2-4pm) as the last day is a bit shorter & easier.
Book using the Paypal buttons or phone to pay by card or online bank transfer. A deposit (or full payment if you prefer) secures each place & you must pay the balance than 8 weeks before the start date. If spaces remain and you’re booking with less than 8 weeks to go, full payment is needed.
We recommend travel insurance to cover cancelling close to the trip or having to cut your trip short as well as the usual stuff you would want to cover (obviously check what cover specific policies provide).
If you like the sound of the tour but you’re not sure about your technical ability or fitness feel free to phone for a chat. A skills day is a great idea regardless, and discount will be available on a skills day if you’ve booked a place on the coast to coast.