Mountain bike Coast to Coast – 10th to 15th Aug 2019
You’ll be accompanied by a guide on our Coast to Coast as you experience remote & challenging trails. No map reading skills needed & no worries about flat GPS batteries..! You can book onto the MTB coast to coast with friends or as an individual. If you want a 1:1 trip or a bespoke group tour just get in touch to arrange details.
Route – St Bees to Robin Hoods Bay
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If you’re thinking about riding a mountain bike coast to coast, the challenge and the quality of the riding is likely to be top of the list. So the route is from St Bees to Robin Hoods Bay because we reckon it has the best trails & scenery. We’ll head through the Lakes to the Dales via Kirkby Stephen, then the North York Moors.
Black Sail Pass, Garburn Pass, the Pennine Way & Swaledale are all on route. As well as great trails, the scenery is stunning. We could ride the route in less, but 6 days gives time to experience the landscape as well as ride. You’ll still need to be OK with riding 35 or more hard off-road miles a day (some days are shorter). You’ll know that trail centre miles are more strenuous than road miles and wilderness trails are harder work again; and so a lot of the coast to coast route is a harder work than typical trailside centre riding. In general though, the riding gets a little easier each day. Although it’s a mountain bike coast to coast, tarmac also figures but we keep to off-road as much as we can.
The price includes accommodation on route, but if you need to stay overnight in St Bees before the start there is usually some available to book. We’ll ride Saturday to Thursday, this gives you the option of easily finding a train to St Bees on the Friday to stay overnight or more easily finding someone who can transport you to the start point on Saturday morning. Start time will be 10am at the latest, so that if your only option is to be dropped off at St Bees on the day, assuming you’re ready to go that’s also an option. One of the baggage transfer companies does a drop off service at St Bees if you can get to their HQ early in the morning!
We provide transport for your bags; all you’ll need to carry is your day pack with your usual stash for a day’s riding. Your bag will get to the accommodation before we arrive. Your guide will have good mechanical knowledge, but bear in mind there is a limit to the tools & spares that can be carried! In the evenings there will be chance for more major repairs should parts be available. Historically though, this has rarely been required.
If you need public transport there’s a train station at St Bees or if the times don’t match up, Whitehaven is close.
At Robin Hood’s Bay there’s a taxi firm but a relative or friend to pick you up is easiest. If you contact Packhorse direct, 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.
Book using the Paypal buttons or phone to pay by card or online bank transfer. A deposit (or full payment if you prefer) is required to secure each place & the balance is required no later 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.
Travel insurance is recommended in case you have to cancel close to the trip where a refund isn’t possible or you have to cut your trip short for any reason.
If you like the sound of a tour but you’re not sure about your technical ability or fitness feel free to phone for a chat. A skills day before the trip will boost your confidence and a discount will be available on a skills day if you’ve booked a place on the coast to coast.
Please see the bike checklist or get in touch to make sure your mountain bike is suitable & up to scratch. If in any doubt please get your local shop to service your bike before the start of the trip.