Bike Across England
Bikes, parks, and new culinary discoveries with top guide Enrico Pizzorni
Our newest “Bike Across” trip crosses England west to east, not far from Hadrian’s Wall. The itinerary offers a variety of landscapes, history and great cycling routes to all the fans of “Journeys.” It starts near the ancient town of Carlisle, continues to the Lake District National Park, crosses the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and stops in the city of York to continue northeast through the Moors. It then ends in the lively harbor town of Whitby.
During the trip, we’ll visit the city of York, one of the best preserved and most interesting old cities of Britain, and cross three national parks. We’ll also find out about local tradition, food and beverages on what’s considered to be the most intriguing culinary corner of Britain!
- Experience Lake District National Park with its mystical landscapes, wild hills and romantic lakes
- Visit the city of York and marvel at its preserved medieval streets, ancient buildings, modern museums, and art exhibits and theaters
- Discover the National Park of Moors, a wealth of landscapes of hills, dramatic cliffs, and hidden valleys
- Stroll the harbor town of Withby with its beachfront homes, tiny streets and historical mansions
Day by Day
At our first hotel, your guides will provide a bike fitting as well as safety and general instructions and, of course, a welcome toast! Our warm-up ride unfolds on the quiet countryside of Cumbria.
We ride south towards Lake District National Park. Past the small village of Pooley Bridge, we follow the shores of Lake Ullswater for its entire length as we are surrounded by dramatic mountains. Our final destination is the trailhead to Mt. Helwellyn, England’s third tallest peak.
During our ride, we head southeast hitting the Kirkstone Pass, the most challenging (and rewarding!) climb of the trip, followed by a fast descent into Ambleside, a well-kept village with many buildings dating back to the 17th century. Here, we’ll stop to enjoy a cup of tea at a traditional tea room. Continuing on, the ride reaches Hawkshead, an ancient, lovely village still intact from the 15th century. Our day ends in Kendal, the door of the Lake district, where we can’t miss a slice of mint cake, a local speciality.
Yorkshire Dale's National Park
Today we go to Yorkshire, a region that has a passionate cycling culture—cyclists love it! Roads are never boring, with succession of short and steep ups and downs that will reveal a new landscape at each summit, linking small and welcoming villages. Along the way, we’ll stop to enjoy the famous Wensleydale cheese, the pride of the region. At the end, we’ll visit the famous Aysgarth Falls, which can be seen in action movies such as Robin Hood.
York is considered to be one of the prettiest cities of England mainly because of its architecture, which is a blend of medieval and modern styles. The beer aficionados will really enjoy this part of the trip: there are several craft beer pubs in York and they'll be able to enjoy the creations of northern England breweries.
On our last riding day, we head northeast towards the North York Moors National Park. After a flat start through farmhouses, we’ll enter into the hilly section of the park where the landscape becomes rugged and dramatic and wild for a large part of the day. Whitby, where our trip ends, is considered to be one of the most charming towns of Yorkshire. The famous abbey ruins on the clifftop and cobbled Georgian old town below form a beautiful backdrop for days on the sandy beach or strolls around the vibrant harbor.
Our trip comes to an end and we depart! Whitby is served by efficient railways for transfers to other parts of the UK.
- Usage of bikes
- Ciclismo jersey and water bottle
On The Tour
- Service of one of our top, bilingual guides, Enrico Pizzorni
- Van support
- Transfers and entrance fees
Accommodations & Meals
- All accommodations
- All breakfasts
- 4 lunches
- 3 dinners
Here’s a sampling of some of the amazing places you’ll stay on your journey.
For a full listing, request a detailed itinerary!
Dalston Hall Hotel
This magnificent hotel provides the finest luxury coupled with discreet yet friendly service from the resident owners and their team. The perfect place to stay, 13 individually designed, lavishly furnished suites and bedrooms.
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Inn on the Lake
This award-winning, 4-star hotel in Glenridding boasts one of the most spectacular settings in the Lake District, in 15 acres of grounds with lawns sweeping to the shores of Lake Ullswater. It also has 47 en-suite rooms most with breathtaking views of Lake Ullswater or onto the magnificent Helvellyn mountain range.
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The Judge's Lodging
Situated in an enviable position right in the centre of the City of York, the Judge’s Lodging is a Grade I listed Georgian townhouse full of history and character; a popular hotel in York for city breaks and weekends away. It offers the perfect mix of character and 21st century luxury and elegance.
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