VOOM Gravel C2C: Ravenglass to Robin Hood’s Bay

Explore our gravel C2C route with video, map, instructions, accommodation ideas, GPX file & video.

Beau Smith
By Beau Smith

13/04/23

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We’re excited to bring you the Gravel Coast to Coast, Powered by VOOM! In collaboration with the experienced route planners at Pedal North we’re sure this gravel cycling route across the North of England will appeal to anyone with an adventurous streak.


Any ‘coast to coast’ ride, or C2C, traditionally goes from one coast to the another as riders look to challenge themselves and see more of the country. This C2C gravel route takes you on an spectacular journey from Ravenglass on the West Cumbrian Coast to Robin Hood’s Bay on Yorkshire’s rugged East coast, with some of the best gravel riding the UK has to offer. At 365 km in total distance this ride makes for an unforgettable off road adventure on two wheels, with plenty of options to split the ride to suit your ambitions.


To get a flavour of what to expect check out our gravel coast to coast video with highlights from along the route.

 

 

 

 

 

 


How far is a gravel coast to coast?


At approximately 365km, or 226miles, this route packs a bit of a punch so, for ease, we’ve split the route into three stages; Ravenglass to Sedbergh through the heart of the English Lake District, Sedbergh to Northallerton across the Yorkshire Dales, and finally across the North York Moors from Northallerton to the seaside town of Robin Hood’s Bay. A map of the c2c route is below...

 

 

 

 

Assuming you don’t want to ride all 365km in one day, it’s up to you how to break up your ride; the table below summarises the distances between different stop over points.

 

 


Highlights of the VOOM Gravel Coast 2 Coast


There’s something satisfying about riding from one coast to the other, right across England, and even more so with some of the scenery and landmarks you’ll see on this course.

 

 

 

Gravel Riding the Lake District - Stage 1


In stage one you’ll set off from the historic seaside village of Ravenglass and during the 91km route you’ll pass Muncaster Castle, take gravel tracks through the peaceful Eskdale Valley and reach the imposing Hardknott Pass with the option of a short detour to see the Roman fort.


2 Cyclists enjoy the view from Muncaster Castle on a sunny morning, looking across the Esk valley in the Lake District

 


The route continues East across the upper Duddon Valley before heading over the gnarly gravel of the infamous Walna Scar Road and descending to Coniston. Enjoy the flatter lakeside stint, next up its Grizedale Forest with its array of gravel roads and forest tracks, then Hawkshead, Sawrey and the ferry across England’s longest Lake - Windermere. The final stretch from Bowness-on-Windermere uses quiet gravel routes near Kendal before finally reaching Sedbergh and the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. You can read more about this stage in in more detail soon.

 


Crossing the Yorkshire Dales on gravel


Stage 2 has a different feel about it as you cover some of Yorkshire’s finest gravel riding, cycling through the Yorkshire Dales National Park. First up is Dentdale before passing close to the highest of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, Whernside. After this you’ll cycle right under the arches of the impressive Ribblehead Viaduct and onto the Cam Road.

 


A gravel rider cycles beneath the huge stone arches of the Ribblehead viaduct in the Yorkshire Dales National Parl

 


This historic Cam road, perhaps one of the best gravel riding sections in the Yorkshire Dales is a historic Roman Road which is said to be Yorkshire's highest road. It heads North East for around 13km, with a short tarmac section halfway along, before eventually descending into Bainbridge, possibly a good spot for refreshments at the Cornmill Tea Room.

 

Male cyclist on gravel bike descends Yorkshire High Cam road on a sunny afternoon

 

A tough climb up towards the Stake Road offers fantastic views of Semer Water, previously home of the Wensleydale Triathlon, before another exposed section of fantastic gravel riding. The Stake Road drops you into Bishopdale before slightly flatter terrain (at least more descent than climbing) passing Middleham with the famous gallops and imposing Castle. Next is Jervaulx Abbey and then on to Masham marking the end of the hillier Dales section and a flatter run into Northallerton, marking the end of stage 2. See full details soon with map and GPX for stage 2 of VOOM's C2C.

 

 

Gravel Riding in The North York Moors

 

The third leg, the North York Moors stage of this gravel C2C, is the longest stage, and unfortunately it starts with a climb! You're soon onto the moors passing the locally known 'Square Corner' and crossing Arden Great Moor and descending again to Hawnby. Other features are Rievaulx Abbey and Helmsley Caste, with the welcome option of a cafe stop in Helmsley.

 

Male gravel rider cycling on a grassy gravel road with a sheep in the background

 

Enjoy cycling along the disused railway around the head of Rosedale Valley before hitting Rosedale Abbey. Pass the scenic North York Moors Railway close to Levisham Station. Further highlights include Hole of Horcum and Broxa Forest before approaching Scalby. The final stint heads north away from Scarborough, running parallel to the East Coast. Its easy to follow along another great section of gravel, the disused Scarborough and Whitby railway line.

 

The back of a cyclist riding away on a gravel path

 

Pass Ravenscar whilst enjoying the sea views and soon you'll descend through the popular seaside village of Robin Hood's Bay and the chance to finally dip the tyre in the North Sea, and maybe enjoy a pint at the Bay Hotel and the official end of the Coast to Coast. Full route details of the section from Northallerton to Robin Hood's Bay can be seen here soon.

 


Once you have an idea of where you’d like to stop-off, check out our accommodation recommendations below - we’ve done the research so you can enjoy the cycling!

 


Where to stay whilst gravel riding C2C

 

This handy map shows locations of plenty of cyclist friendly accommodation to help you decide where to stay on your coast to coast ride. Its hard to pick from the lovely accommodation available but these places to stay whilst cycling the coast to coast are some of the highlights in each area along the route.

 

 

 

Top 20 Cyclist friendly accommodation options on the coast to coast

 

When it comes to deciding where to stay on a coast to coast ride you want somewhere comfortable to rest the body and mind after a long day in the saddle. There’s plenty of choice so we’ve highlighted some of the best places to stay whilst riding your coast to coast adventure.

 

 

  • Pennington Hotel Ravenglass.  Right beside the sea, home of the award winning Estuary Bar & grill, and just a couple of 100m to the start in the morning!

 

 

  • Coniston Hall Campsite. Requires a slight detour but offers beautiful lakeside pitches on the West of Coniston Water.

 

  • The Coniston Inn. On the shores of Coniston with fantastic views of the lake and surrounding fells, and literally on the route!

 

  • YHA Hawkshead. Stunning grade II listed building with options for shared rooms, private rooms, camping and cabins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • The Garth, West Burton. Cyclist friendly, cosy self-catering accommodation right beside the route and in one of The Yorkshire Dales’ most beautiful villages.

 

 

  • The Bay Horse, Masham. Another historic accommodation offering, with great food and just yards from the Masham Market Place.

 

  • Solberge Hall, Northallerton. Just before arriving into Northalleron, luxury accommodation in the idyllic countryside, also does afternoon tea if you arrive in time!

 

 

  • YHA Helmsley. Offers shared rooms, private rooms and camping pitches at the purpose built hostel in a lovely market town.

 

 

Train Services

 

Trains are available to take you and your bike right to the very start of the route in Ravenglass or also Whitby, which is a short cycle to the start or finish at Robin Hood's Bay, whichever way you'd like to cycle. For Ravenglass trains please click here or for train services to Whitby, please click here.

 

Luggage Services

 

We know you might want to carry less when doing this route so we have you covered with a range of luggage services who will take the stress out of riding from one coast to another.

Coast to Coast Packhorse

Sherpa Van

Lake District Baggage Transfer

 

 

Download a GPX of the 'Gravel Coast to Coast' route here.

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