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
Rydal Lodge Country House B&B, Rydal, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 9LR
A bijou 2 person bunkroom in majestic setting of Rydal Country House B&B in the heart of the Lake District. Beautifully appointed, there’s a small kitchen unit with microwave, toaster, fridge & kettle, one set of bunks, a dining table for 2 and a small en suite shower room. Linen & towels are provided, but beds are not made up. Guests are invited to use the bar and lounges in the main house and enjoy the extensive riverside grounds. Superb walking and spectacular mountain scenery. Dogs welcome.
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.
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-electricity. Vehicle access is by forest track and a BT payphone is on site as most mobiles do not work here.
Elterwater, Ambleside LA22 9HX
Elterwater Hostel has bike cleaning and store available and a few spares available for emergencies!
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Routen Farm Cot, Ennerdale, CA23 3AU
Cosy accommodation for groups of up to 6 on the first day of the Coast to Coast. The only place with a view of Ennerdale Water.
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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.
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. Converted in 2011, the bunkbarn is warm & well appointed with one dorm of mostly single beds. The camping barn provides simple, single-night shelter for walkers and cyclists.
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.
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.
New Ing Lodge, Main Street, Shap, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 3LX
11-bedroom, 11-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.
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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Kentmere, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 9JP
You’ll find Maggs Howe Camping Barn In the quiet, unspoilt valley of Kentmere. It’s a ramblers’ paradise with woods, fields, lanes, a scattering of traditional farms & the fells covered with Wainwright walks. There is plenty to do including biking, riding & fishing, as well as quiet enjoyment.
Maggs Howe provides B&B in 3 farmhouse rooms and a camping barn (BYO sleeping bag). Breakfast (£8) and suppers (from £14) are available with notice. Dogs need prior permission.
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.
Fern Bank, Reagill, Cumbria. CA10 3ER
Historic Reagill Village Hall, (formerly the oldest school in Westmorland, founded 400 years ago) is making history again. This time it is opening its ancient doors to overnight guests. The facilities are basic (this is reflected in the price) and the accommodation has much to offer. It's located close to the C2C walking, cycling & mountain biking routes, it's got great heating and the tiny hamlet of Reagill with it's 20 houses, quiet roads and no street lights will take you back to a bygone era.
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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.