The Coast to Coast Mountain Bike route covers 207 miles from St Bees (Egremont) on the Cumbria coast to Robin Hoods Bay on the Yorkshire coast. There is accommodation along the trail in independent hostels and bunkhouses. The route uses bridleways and mountain bike trails and takes a slightly different route from the Coast to Coast walk, varying a lot from the C2C road cycle route. Exploring wild ground, with total of 23,000 feet in climb, the cyclist earns the glorious views over wild landscapes.
Mountain Bike Coast to Coast
The White House, Burniston Road, Scarborough, YO13 0DA
For a fun filled, seaside break Scarborough is unbeatable: two safe, sandy beaches, penny arcades, pirate ship, three surf schools and the Alpamare Waterpark. Once a 17th century water mill on a quiet riverside just outside the town, Scarborough Youth Hostel is also a perfect base for exploring the coast and country of the North York Moors and Wolds with miles of paths, tracks and quiet lanes for walkers and cyclists.
Routen Farm Cot, Ennerdale, CA23 3AU
Nestled in the peace of the Ennerdale Valley, overlooking Ennerdale Water, The Wild Wool Barn provides luxury bunkhouse accommodation for 6 (plus 6 camping). Traditional wood-burning stove, electric heating, cooker and shower marry tradition with luxury. With no mobile signal or WiFi The Wild Wool Barn is a true chance to get away and explore the rarely visited Western Lakes.
Rydal Hall, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9LX
Have a night off in Rydal on this challenging route from St Bees to Robing Hoods bay.
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Bank House Farm, Glaisdale, Whitby YO21 2QA
Luxury bunkbarn, camping barn and B&B on an organic farm in beautiful Glaisdale Dale. Stunning views of the North York Moors and just 1 mile from the Coast to Coast route. The newly converted bunkbarn is warm & well appointed with one dorm of mostly single beds. The camping barn provides simple, single-night shelter for walkers and cyclists.
Elterwater, Ambleside LA22 9HX
Elterwater Hostel has bike cleaning and store available and a few spares available for emergencies!
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24 Richmond Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 7HE
Located on a small working farm, just 3 miles east of Richmond, Yorkshire. Brompton on Swale Bunkbarn offers a welcome break from walking or cycling the Coast to Coast. A pot of tea for weary walkers upon arrival and safe storage for bikes makes this bunkhouse especially welcoming. Close to the Yorkshire Dales, Swaledale, Wensleydale, Easby Abbey, Richmond Castle & Ellerton Lakes. Dogs are welcome to stay but must be kept on a lead around the yard as there are ducks, hens and geese.
Osmotherley, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL6 3AH
Situated in a beautiful secluded valley in the NY Moors National Park, this refurbished mill with en suite rooms, is perfect for those wishing to explore the Yorkshire moors, dales & coast. You can book the whole Mill, a room or a bed. Great for educational groups, families, outdoor clubs and gatherings of friends. Group activities and catering available. Next to Cod Beck reservoir, Cleveland Way, Coast to Coast & Lyke Wake Walk.
Parks Barn, Fremington, Richmond, Yorkshire Dales DL11 6AW
Dales Bike Centre, Swaledale, is the centre of cycling in Yorkshire! Home of the Ard Rock Enduro, en-route of the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart, the 2019 World Road Race Championship’s route, the Yorkshire Dales Cycle Way and loads of great cycling & mountain biking. On-site café, bike shop, MTB, road & e-bike hire, bike wash, workshop, drying room & lots of friendly advice. Close to 4 pubs & Reeth village.
Ennerdale, Cleator, CA23 3AX
In the Ennerdale Valley, one of the most beautiful, least spoilt and quietest in the Lake District, Low GIllerthwaite Field Centre sits at the foot of Pillar and Red Pike. Well equipped for groups it is the perfect base for fell walking, rock climbing, bird & wildlife watching, mountain biking, orienteering, canoeing. The centre generates its own hydro-electricit. Vehicle access is by forest track and a BT payphone is on site as most mobiles do not work here.
Bransdale Mill, Bransdale, Fadmoor, York YO62 7JL
Bransdale Mill is an eighteenth century Grade II listed water mill, converted by the National Trust to provide comfortable bunkhouse accommodation for 12.
It is full of historic character with flag-stone floors, wooden beams and a log burner. Situated at the head of an unspoiled and hidden valley in the North York Moors, 3 miles from the Coast to Coast walk. With no WiFi or phone signal, Bransdale Mill is an ideal base to get away from it all.
Market Street, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4QQ
Former Methodist Church with a range of accommodation for individuals, families and groups amongst beautiful authentic features; stained glass, arches and panels. There’s a large dining room & kitchen and a quiet lounge in the gallery. Kirkby Stephen is a market town in the upper Eden Valley. On Wainwright’s Coast to Coast path with easy access to the Pennine Journey, the W2W cycle route, the Howgill Hills, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District.
New Ing Lodge, Main Street, Shap, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 3LX
This 10-bedroom, 10-bathroom B&B & hostel offers comfortable, friendly, accommodation with delicious food. Shap is in the Eden Valley, just off the M6, on the edge of the Lake District National Park. The Howgills & the Pennine Fells are close by. On Wainwright's Coast to Coast, the Westmorland Way & the Miller's Way it's perfect for large groups or individuals.
Accommodation on the Mountain Bike Coast to Coast. The Tim Woodcock Route.
As outlined in Tim Woodcock’s guide:
The Coast-to-coast Mountain Bike Route Pack. This route is usually travelled west to east using bridleways and other off road routes to cross the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors to Robin Hood’s Bay on the Yorkshire Coast. The route is hard work, exhilarating and adrenaline filled! High points include Black Sail and Tan Hill. There are some road sections notably between the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors. There is a good choice of independent hostels and bunkhouses along the route and these provide great facilities for mountain bikers. Many have bike storage and wash down areas and some even have bike repair facilities. The hostels provide self catering accommodation, often with meals available in the accommodation or nearby.
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Location of accommodation on the Mountain Bike Coast to Coast (West to East)
LOW GILLERTHWAITE FIELD CENTRE Ennerdale. Close to the start of the Mountain Bike Coast to Coast. A few miles off route.
ELTERWATER HOSTEL, Elterwater. On the Mountain Bike Coast to Coast route
RYDAL HALL YOUTH CENTRE, Rydal. Group accommodation on the MTB C2C
Now Closed: AMBLESIDE BACKPACKERS, Ambleside. On the MTB coast to coast.
MAGGS HOWE CAMPING BARN, Kentmere. Camping Barn and B&B on the Mountain Bike C2C route
NEW ING LODGE, Shap. Provides meals, beer and accommodation on the MTB Trail Coast to Coast.
KIRKBY STEPHEN HOSTEL, Krikby Stephen. In the centre of the village on the Mountain Bike Coast to Coast route.
DALES BIKE CENTRE, Fremington. Half a mile East of Reeth on the Mountain Bike Coast to Coast
Now Closed: RICHMOND CAMPING BARN, was 3 miles west of Richmond.
BROMPTON ON SWALE BUNKBARN, 3 miles east of Richmond.
COTE GHYLL MILL, Osmotherly. On the MTB Trail Coast to Coast.
BANK HOUSE FARM HOSTEL, Glaisdale. One mile from the Mountain Bike Coast to Coast and route one mile west of Glaisdale.