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.
Our most recent “Bike Across” tour installment 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!
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.
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.