The group meets at Carlisle train station at 12:30 pm. A short drive transfer will bring us to our first hotel, where we’ll have lunch, trip introductions and bike fitting before our warm-up ride in the spectacular Cumbrian countryside.
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. The romantic beauty of the area inspired many poets, some of the most notable being Samuel Coleridge and William Wordsworth.
During our ride, we head southeast hitting the Kirkstone Pass, the most challenging 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, the most iconic of English “shires.” Discovered by many after the glorious start of the 2014 Tour de France, this region has a passionate cycling culture and cyclists love it. Roads are well-kept and 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.
York City, today’s destination, is considered to be one of the prettiest cities of England, thanks to its well-kept center, which is a blend of medieval and modern architecture that has its emblems in the ramparts and the Minster. The beer lovers will find many craft beer pubs here, which is where you can enjoy the creations of northern England breweries. York is also considered to be one of the most attractive cities in the world for street artists.
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. In any case, the market towns of Malton, the “foodie capital” of Yorkshire and Pickering, will be a pleasant stop to rest and enjoy a super-snack or a local brew. Whitby, where our trip ends, is considered to be one of the most charming towns of Yorkshire.
Our trip comes to an end and we depart! We offer one group shuttle to Whitby train station.