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St Bee's Head Robin Hood's Bay
On this ride we will be following, as closely as possible, the famous “Wainwright” route from the far West Coast of
Britain in Cumbria, all the way across to the East cost of Yorkshire.

The 172 mile route from St Bees Head on the far West coast of Cumbria across to Robin Hood’s Bay on the East coast of the North Yorkshire Moors is one of the most famous (and spectacularly scenic) journeys in Britain.  We will be travelling along small roads and tracks (there are no “Off-Road” sections) from the initial ascent in to the heart of the Lake District to the wide open expanse of the Pennines and then down through the “B Roads” of the Yorkshire Moors.  We will be taking a leisurely pace riding around 6 hours per day, covering about 50 miles.

The event will start on Thursday when you may either make you own way up to our 1st night’s hotel stay in St Bee’s or board our free coach which departs from Leeds station around midday. The hotel is ideally placed as a start point being only 50m from the beach overlooking the Irish Sea. On arrival we will have time to take a very short ride to ensure that our bikes have been correctly “sized” and that everything is in good running order before sitting down to a hearty meal.
On Friday morning we set off bright and early for our ride across the Lake District over a pass toward the south of Keswick. That night we will stay in Appleby which is a small town on the border between the Lakes and the Pennines. Saturday will see us heading off into the more remote sections of the ride (see main picture - left) as we traverse the Pennines. On this section of the trip there are numerous small hamlets and villages each, it seems, with their own small café or tea stop. That night we will be staying in Northallerton. On the last day of the event, which is slightly shorter than the proceeding two, we wind our way down through the small lanes that criss-cross the North Yorkshire Moors. Just above the village of Danby you will have your first view of the North Sea before we ride down past Whitby (on a disused railway line) and onward towards Robin Hood’s Bay.


 

Itinerary
Distances are approximate.
Thur Arrive in St Bee's
Fri Ride to Appleby - 62miles
Sat Ride to Northallerton - 62 miles
Sun Ride to Robin Hood's Bay - 50 miles
We will supply
B & B accommodation for 3 nights
Bike Mechanic throughout the event
Event support staff
Baggage transport
(mobile) Overnight bike storage
Detailed risk assessment
Highly detailed daily route plans
High visibility Tabards (if using our bikes - see below)
Bikes
On this ride you may either use your own bike or one that we supply. Our bikes are Road-Bikes, which means the tyres are not that thick (like mountain bikes) which reduces friction with the road and so makes the ride "much" easier.  Of course a major benefit of using our bikes is that we will supply any spare parts required (inner tubes, brake cables,  derailleur, brake pads, etc).  If you choose to use your own bike you will need to purchase a high visibility riding jacket, plus we will send you a list of spares that must be carried.

Our bikes have "never" been used more that 3 times; we donate them to a bike riding charity after this.  There is a supplement for using our bike (see costs page) which is necessary due to the extremely high maintenance costs and the high standards that we have set ourselves.