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Tours

London to Edinburgh – 2020

£1,195.00

TOUR REF: LE20
TYPE: Road Cycling
LEVEL: Regular
DATES: 
25 July – 03 August 2020
DURATION: 10 days / 9 nights  (9 days cycling)
ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: Standard 

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London to Edinburgh

The perfect option for anyone who does not yet feel ready to tackle a full Land’s End to John O’Groats, or perhaps for those who have completed LEJOG and would like another epic ride through Great Britain! 

This one, which is new for 2020, takes you the 530 miles between the UK’s two great centres of finance over 9 days.  Our route favours the flatter, eastern side of the country with a mix of riverside paths, converted railway lines and quiet country roads, as well as  an occasional city centre. 

The average daily distance is 60 miles with an average of fewer than 2000 feet of climb, making this ride very accessible for riders of all abilities and experience.

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Itinerary:

Day 1 – London to Cambridge – 60 Miles

The ride starts in Stratford, East London, in the shadow of the Olympic Stadium.   Thanks to major development works in preparation for 2012, Stratford is very well served by public transport and there are several nearby hotels for those wishing to arrive the previous evening.

We skirt the Olympic Park as we head out of London on the traffic-free banks of the River Lea, which we follow until we are past the M25 and safely out of the city.  Beyond this we leave the river but retain the Lea valley on quiet country roads through Essex and into Hertfordshire, then approximately track the M11 motorway all the way to Cambridge,  famous university city and one of the most cycle friendly cities in the UK.

Day 2 – Cambridge to Boston – 69 miles

For our 2nd day we use a dedicated cycle path to leave the city and head across the the rich open farmland of the Fens, England’s eastern coastal plain.   The riding is incredibly flat and if you squint a bit you can imagine you are in Kansas!  Our destination is Boston, gateway to the Wash.

Day 3 – Boston to Gainsborough – 55 Miles

Leaving Boston we strike northwest with more lush, green (and FLAT) farmland, via the city of Lincoln to the small town of Gainsborough, where we join the banks of the River Trent.

Day 4 – Gainsborough to York – 60 miles

Today we follow the banks of the River Trent north to the River Ouse, crossing in the small town of Goole.  For the afternoon we track slightly westwards, away from the river, before re-joining it in the magnificent walled city of York.  Our final miles into the city centre are on dedicated riverside cycle paths.

Day 5 – York to Middlesbrough – 55 miles

After some urban riding to leave York we are soon back in open countryside and the scenery starts to change as we head through the Howardian Hills (an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and across the North Yorkshire Moors National Park.  The hills and moors are, inevitably, hillier than the riding thus far but the climbs are manageable and the scenery more than justifies the effort!  Beyond the moors we must head into busy Middlesbrough to find accommodation but, again, we exploit cycle paths to ease our passage.

Day 6 – Middlesbrough to Whitely Bay – 52 miles

Leaving  Middlesbrough we must cross the River Tees and wriggle our way past Stockton before returning to the cyclists natural habitat.  We are heading towards the major northern conurbations of Sunderland, Washington and Newcastle but don’t worry….we have a plan.  Turning east we head for the coast, then utilise a cycle path that carries us into the heart of Sunderland, where we cross the River Wear then hug the coastline all the way to South Shields.  A ferry allows us to cross at the mouth of the River Tyne, avoiding Newcastle completely, and we continue along the coast to our overnight stop in Whitely Bay – a real traditional northern seaside town.

Day 7 – Whitley Bay to Seahouses – 59 Miles

From here we follow the famous Sustrans ‘Coast and Castles’ route.  We are now beyond the northern industrial areas and continue to track the coast all the way to Seahouses, a large village within the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding natural Beauty.

Day 8 – Seahouses to Melrose – 67 miles

From Seahouses we turn west, away from the coast to cross the River Tweed into Scotland.  We then continue to follow the Tweed all the way to our overnight destination, Melrose.

Day 9 – Melrose to Edinburgh – 56 Miles

We continue following the Tweed for some 17 miles before striking north towards our final destination.  The tried and tested Sustrans route threads its way with minimal traffic and delivers us into the very centre of the city.

Holiday Details:

The Tour: This is a fully supported holiday with a tour leader (who cycles with the group to ensure nobody is left behind) and vehicle support to carry all the luggage and provide additional assistance if necessary.  The daily mileage is between 50 and 70 miles a day, and there are no rest days.

Accommodation & Food: This holiday uses B&B/Hotel accommodation.  B&B accommodation is generally graded 2-3* or similar, we usually book en-suite rooms if possible but this cannot be guaranteed. Single people travelling alone will be booked into a twin bedded room with another single person of the same sex – unless you have paid the price for a single room (please note that there are only a limited number of single rooms available on this holiday). Breakfast will be provided at the accommodation each morning. Evening meals are available at nearby pubs or restaurants.

Start: The ride starts in Victoria Park, Stratford  at approximately 10:00 on Day 1. As this is a full day’s ride, to enable us to get a prompt start you will need to arrive no later than 09:00.

Finish: The cycling ends In Edinburgh & the holiday price includes accommodation In Edinburgh on Day 9. Transport is provided

Cycle Transport: If required we offer a cycle transport service to return your bike from Edinburgh to anywhere in the UK (additional fee payable), to save you the hassle of getting your bike home by train or plane. Using a courier service we can also have your bike transported to Stratford.

Documents: Insurance is optional for this holiday for UK residents. Participants from outside the UK must have suitable travel insurance.

Bikes: All types of cycle are suitable for the trip. The most important thing is that your bike functions properly and that you are comfortable riding it. However you should make sure that it has suitable gears as there are some very steep hills on parts of the route, notably in Yorkshire.

Tour Price includes:

Hotel
Breakfast
Vehicle support
Services of leader/mechanic
Route information

Tour Price does not include:

Lunches or evening meals
Snacks or drinks required during the day
Transport to London or from Edinburgh
Cost of any optional excursions, entrance fees etc.

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