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C2C in a day - Self organized

Okay I know there is a sportive that can organize it all, but my plan is to organize it for a group of friends (10 ish) to do this summer.

My idea is to drive up to Cumbria on a Friday evening. Book into a B&B, up early then pedal across to Whitby and spend a night in a hotel or descent B&B before taking a mini bus/ coach back to Seascale on Sunday Morning to pick up the cars.

My questions are. Does anyone know of a good hotel in the Whitby Area that is bike friendly and would be happy to accept a box of provisions (fresh clothes, toiletries etc) to be delivered by parcel a few days before we arrive. (not everyone has panniers)

And can anyone recommend a good Mini Bus, coach service that could take us back across to Seascale along with the bikes.

I've done a similar thing doing the Way of the roses a few years back, but was hoping someone who has done the same on this route could give me a few pointers, Thanks


  • durhamwaspdurhamwasp Posts: 1,235
    How come you are heading for Whitby? Whats the total milage for that?

    Wouldn't you be better doing Whitehaven-Tynemouth, then get train back across, or at least have more chance of mini bus company out of Newcastle. - Reports on Cingles du Mont Ventoux, Alpe D'Huez, Galibier, Izoard, Tourmalet, Paris-Roubaix Sportive & Tour of Flanders Sportive, Amstel Gold Xperience, Vosges, C2C, WOTR routes....
  • Hi Durhamwasp

    Did the Whitehaven-Tynemouth last time - (Newcastle was bang on) just fancied a change, Seascale to Whitby is 150 miles
  • Olly22Olly22 Posts: 20
    Hi peddlingmadness

    I have done that route twice. First time we did it in 2 days and the second we took it easy and did it in 3, staying in a nice spa the second night!

    There is a hotel in Seascale which was ok if you are staying over on the Friday. They had a bar and the rooms were decent. They also had a large function room which they locked our bikes in for the night.

    There is a nice food stop in Cumbria called the drunken duck which was a nice rest stop after taking on Hardknott.

    We did the slightly longer route which included the buttertubs climb as well. There was a decent pub after the decent which did a good lunch and the weather was excellent for sitting outside in the dale.

    We ended up staying at the youth hostel in Whitby as we struggled to fine somewhere with enough twin beds. Most in Whitby seem to be smaller b&bs. It was actually pretty good, an old monastery. They also had a secure indoor bike store.

    A really excellent route and great to take in 3 national parks. My plan is to do it both ways in 3 days and leave the cars at Seascale. Maybe one day...


    Route we did below:
  • t4tomot4tomo Posts: 2,643
    There aren't any big hotels in Whitby, but there are loads of Guesthouses and pubs with rooms. The White House pub might be worth a try up near the golf course, they have quite a few rooms, also the Angel Hotel, which is now a wetherspoons pub, in the centre, no idea on bike storage at either. The youth hostel is a good shout, that's up by the Abbey and there is also a lovely refurbished YHA at Boggle hole, out near robin hoods bay, which does have a bike store. about 50 of us ended up there after a C2C-ish event.
    I imagine anywhere would be happy to store a post ahead package - just speak to them in advance of it coming.
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  • GuanajuatoGuanajuato Posts: 399
    Wouldn't bother with the Bailey Ground at Seascale. Its awful and if you catch the proprieter on a bad day, you'll have a terrible stay. Calderhouse hotel has a better reputation. the Lutwidge Arms in Holmrook is decent too - dated, but the food is great! If you don't mind going back in time, The Vic at Drigg is cheap & cheerful. But whether you'd be able to get 10 people booked in I'm not sure - both are quite small. You'd have to share rooms at the Vic.
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