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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

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  • 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.
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  • 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.
    http://www.baileygroundhotel.co.uk/

    There is a nice food stop in Cumbria called the drunken duck which was a nice rest stop after taking on Hardknott.
    http://drunkenduckinn.co.uk

    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.
    http://www.pbinn.co.uk

    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...

    Enjoy

    Route we did below:
    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/4012421
    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/4012440
    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/4015444
  • 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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