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Offline jdubbs

Looking for partners for York-Edinburgh tour
« on: April 05, 2014, 09:45:12 pm »
Hi everyone,

I am planning a tour from York, England to Edinburgh, Scotland in early September.  As of now I'm going solo, but would like to travel with someone else.  So far I'm planning to take 5 days to make the trip going 50 to 60 miles a day.  I'll be using the white rose, three rivers, and coast and castles cycle routes.  I plan to stay in hostels along the route.  If anyone has advice and/or ideas, I am open to suggestions.

Jdubbs

Offline Galloper

Re: Looking for partners for York-Edinburgh tour
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2014, 08:47:09 am »
Not too sure of your route in the early stages but there is an excellent hostel in Helmsley.   If you stop there (or even if you don't) the best route north is to come out of Helmsley and take the B1257 north.   After passing the signs for Rievaulx Abbey take the next left to Hawnby and then follow the road north to Osmotherley.   This is a lovely (but hilly) ride.   There is a hostel in Osmotherley.  I would advise missing out Teeside (Middlesbrough and Stockton) if you can but NCN 1 does cut through them.   If you have the time, I would recommend heading west through Northallerton, Bedale and Richmond and then head north to Durham. (Hostel in Durham)

You can then cut back east and pick up NCN 1which becomes Coast and Castles.   There's a very nice hostel in Alnwick.   As you head north, if time and tides permit, make a sidetrip to Holy Island.  North then to Berwick upon Tweed where there is another excellent hostel.   Not familiar with your route thereafter as I normally head off up the Tweed.

Offline Tony Ives

Re: Looking for partners for York-Edinburgh tour
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2014, 02:30:26 am »
Sadly not me but I have done this trip in 3 days. I am a seasoned traveller but I can tell you Teesside is very demanding with short sharp gradients.

I went York to Long Marston (War of the Roses Monument) to Masham (stopped for a brewery tour) and then on to Barnard Castle for the night. The climbing then started and we went via Hexham (beautiful) to Otterburn. This had a fairly brutal run in. Next day then over the Border and reasonable terrain into Edinburgh.

A tough little ride!

Tony

Offline jdubbs

Re: Looking for partners for York-Edinburgh tour
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2014, 12:39:56 am »
Thanks for all your advice.  I'm definitely looking forward to touring.