Bike Across England

Bikes, parks, and new culinary discoveries with Enrico Pizzorni.

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!

Highlights

  • 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 Whitby with its beachfront homes, tiny streets and historical mansions

Trip Details

Price
$4,995
Single Supplement
$700
Length
7 days / 6 nights
Level
Intermediate
Total Mileage
222 miles (without extra loops)
Daily Average
37 miles
Terrain
Hilly
Start/End Locations
Carlisle/Whitby
Trip Dates
08/12/18 - 08/18/18

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Itinerary

Carlisle

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.

Lake Ullswater

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.

Kendal

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

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.

Whitby

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.

Goodbye!

Our trip comes to an end and we depart! We offer one group shuttle to Whitby train station.

What's Included

Trip Planning

  • Use of a carbon road bike equipped with a Garmin Edge Touring GPS
  • Ciclismo jersey and water bottle

On The Tour

  • Service of one of our top bilingual guides, Enrico Pizzorni
  • Van support
  • Transfers and entrance fees
  • Group shuttles at the beginning and end of the tour

Accomodations & Meals

  • All accommodations
  • All breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 5 dinners

Meet the Guides