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MTB C2C Accommodation Guide

Whilst researching this route and guide, we’ve tried to ensure that the places you stay are also memorable. Just like the well serviced picturesque North Yorkshire Moors village of Osmotherley.

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Each place is unique and has a variety of accommodation choices. This section lists a few of them that we think are particularly useful. At the end of the day, it’s your own choice where you stay, and all three National Parks have a great online database containing a wealth of places to choose from, matching every budget. The Youth Hostel association is well represented and we’ve selected these as a leading choice along the way. Nowadays, you don’t have to be a YHA member in order to use the hostels for a night or two, as they have various options for guests wanting to stay.  

We also have a few friends along the way, who we know personally and who will always be happy to help ypu on ypu jpurney, as well as providing accommodation. 


Ravenglass

The historic village of Ravenglass is the only coastal village in the Lake District National Park. 

The Pennington Hotel 

With great views of the sea, which is on the doorstep, we believe that you ought to have a degree of luxury before setting off. This excellent 16th century coaching inn lies at the heart of the village. And is a wheel roll from the sea. It has 21 luxury bedrooms and will ensure a sound nights sleep before your endeavours begin.

Pennington Hotels, Main Street, Ravenglass, Cumbria , CA18 1SQ , England

Tel: 0845 450 6445   /     01229 717 222

Website www.penningtonhotels.com

 

The Bay Horse Bed & Breakfast

This 18th Century former Coaching Inn was once used by travellers waiting for the tide to recede before continuing  their journey over the river Esk ford.  As you eager cyclists will be following this historic crossing , it seems only right to point you in their direction.

The Bay Horse Bed & Breakfast, Main street, Ravenglass,  Cumbria  CA18SD,  England

Tel: 01229 717015 

Website: www.bayhorseravenglass.co.uk

 

Bike Shop

The Old Butchers Muncaster Cycles 

The Old Butcher’s Shop, Ravenglass, Cumbria, CA18 1SQ. England

Tel: 01229 717 989 / 07980 598285


Coniston 

Surrounded by dramatic fells and old slate mines and quarries, the village of Coniston lies on the edge of Coniston Water and is a delightful place to stay. It has along history of catering for outdoor people, so is a welcome place for the coast to coast mountain biker. 

YHA Coniston Holly How

A large traditional Lakeland house , this youth hostel is a firm favourite with climbers and mountain bikers. It has 86 beds in a selection of rooms, and has good storage for cycles. 

YHA Coniston Holly How, Far End, Coniston, Cumbria, LA21 8DD England

Tel: 0845 371 9511

Website www.yha.org.uk 

 

The Wilsons Arms

The family owned Wilson Arms country inn sits snug in the shadow of the world famous Old Man of Coniston and Dow Crag.  At the time of writing, the owner is in the process of setting up a mountain bike taxi service, so may well be able to assist in taking luggage forward to Kendal for you. 

The Wilson Arms, Torver, Coniston, Cumbria,LA21 8BB England

Tel:  015394 41237 

Website www.thewilsonsarms.co.uk  

 

Bike Shop

At this early stage in the route, the nearest bike repair centre is at Grizedale Forest, which is thankfully not too far. 

Grizedale Mountain Bikes

Grizedale Centre, LA22 0QJ

Tel: 01229 860369  /  01229 860335


Kendal

This large town on the edge of the National Park is home to Kendal Mint Cake, a former Youth Hostel (now in private hands) and the renowned Brewery Arts . It has ample good places to stay and to eat, and to get your bike fixed and fettled . 

Kendal Hostel

The hostel is situated in front of the well known Brewery Arts Centre with the front of the hostel leading onto Highgate that is only 200 yards from Kendal town centre. It has secure bike storage and a drying room! 

Kendal Hostel, 118-120 Highgate, Kendal, LA9 4HE  England

Tel: 01539 724066 

Website www.kendalhostel.co.uk

 

The Eagle and Child Inn, Staveley 

If Garburn Pass has worn you out and Kendal seems a wheel too far, then this excellent pub with its 5 biker friendly rooms is a welcome place to rest at. You’ll also have Wilf’s café nearby for a great eating option, and the Wheelbase bike store. 

The Eagle and Child Inn, Kendal Road, Staveley LA8 9LP England

Tel: 01539 821320 

Website www.eaglechildinn.co.uk  

 

Bike Shop

Wheelbase is the shop of choice for us.  This large store is full of experts to help you out. 

Wheelbase Lakeland Limited

Mill Yard, Staveley, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 9LR England

Tel: 01539 821443 


Hawes

We’re in dramatic Wensleydale now and the heart of  visitor country.  Hawes has a wealth of hotels, pubs, bed and breakfast and a Youth Hostel, plus  a wide selection of cafes, restaurants and a chip shop. 

YHA Hawes

A large modern hostel with a licence to sell alcohol with your meal, this youth hostel is a firm favourite with everyone. On the edge of Hawes, it has 52 beds in a variety of rooms.  Food is excellent value and they have secure cycle storage. 

YHA Hawes, Lancaster Terrace, Turfy Hill, Hawes, North Yorkshire  DL8 3LQ  England

Tel: 0845 371 9120 

Website www.yha.org.uk 

 

The Stonehouse Hotel

The Stone House Hotel is a classic country house built in 1908 on the sunny side of the valley, near to the bustling market town of Hawes in magnificent Wensleydale, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.  It has a purpose built bike storage facility that is second to none. 

The Stonehouse Hotel, Sedbusk, Hawes, North Yorkshire DL8 3PT England

Tel:  01969 667571 

Website: www.stonehousehotel.co.uk/

 

Bike Shop

There is no bike shop at Hawes any more. However, some members of staff at the Stonehouse Hotel are cytech qualified.

 The nearest other option is at Leyburn, some distance away. 


Grinton, Low Fremington & Reeth

The heart of Swaledale , Reeth is a  typical Dales village / town. Set around its centre are several pubs with accommodation. Nearby Low Fremington is smaller, but houses the superb  ‘Dales  Bike Centre’ with its excellent shop and accommodation. For the budget conscious, take a look at Grinton Hostel at the top of the hill. 

YHA Grinton Lodge

A large  hostel with a licence to sell alcohol with your meal, this youth hostel is situated in a former shooting lodge adjacent to Grinton Moor. It has wooden camping pods in the front garden and has an excellent evening menu. The hostel has 81 beds. 

YHA Grinton,  Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL11 6HS England

Tel: 0845 371 9636 

Website www.yha.org.uk 

 

The Dales Bike Centre

The Dales Bike Centre has been a labour of love for Stu and Brenda, renovated to a very high standard. First class accommodation, a great shop with Stu as chief mechanic, and great food in the café.  

Dales Bike Centre, Parks Barn, Fremington, Richmond, North Yorkshire, 

DL11 6AW, England

Tel:  01748 884908 

Website: www.dalesbikecentre.co.uk/

Bike Shop

It’s on the doorstep this time  guys. A great shop  and fettling service, ably led by Stu, who’ll fix you up while you relax and get ready for tomorrow. 

Dales Bike Centre (Shop)


Osmotherley

With three public houses, a Youth Hostel, Campsite and excellent choice of bed and breakfast accommodation, Osmotherley is a great halt. Oh, it also has a great fish and chip shop and café. One of our personal friends also has a superb bed and breakfast near to the village, directly on the route, with purpose built bike storage, so is an obvious choice in our book. 

Park House Country Guest House

Park House Country Guest House is a perfect base for those exploring the nearby towns and villages and the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside or a welcome rest for walkers on the Coast-to-Coast and the Cleveland Way.
 
The traditional sandstone Grade II listed farmhouse provides first-class accommodation in a serene woodland setting on the edge of Arncliffe Woods in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. Nestled directly on the Coast-to-Coast and the Cleveland Way walks, Bev and Mike Robins will provide you with a warm and friendly welcome, delicious home cooked hot breakfasts and dinner and beautiful rooms with priceless views. 

Click here to visit their website 


Osmotherley Independent Youth Hostel

Set on the edge of the North Yorks Moors National Park in a  secluded valley this converted linen mill, formally Osmotherley YHA, is a perfect location for those wishing to explore the whole of Yorkshire.

Osmotherley Independent Hostel, Northallerton, North Yorkshire , DL6 3AH, England

Tel: 01609 883425 

Website  www.independenthostelguide.co.uk/selected-accommodation.php?hostel=1219

 

The Queen Catherine Hotel

This 300 year old Inn has an excellent reputation for good food and hospitality. They have four well presented bedrooms and wifi. This family run halt is used to catering for mountain bikers, with a wealth of routes nearby—including the mtb C2C.

The Queen Catherine Hotel, 7 West End,  Osmotherley,  North Yorkshire DL6 3AG England

Tel:  01609 883209 

Website: www.queencatherinehotel.co.uk/

 

Bike Shop

There is no bike shop at Osmotherley. However, nearby Northallerton  has Cowley Cycles on Zetland Street. This local business has been going strong since 1982. 

 Cowley Cycles, Zetland Street, Northallerton  DL6 1 NA          

Tel:   01609  776656

Rosedale Abbey and the North Yorks Moors

The heart of the North Yorks Moors National Park and formerly a home to over 5000 miners.  The landscape around here has been hewn  over the centuries to create some of the best riding in the UK.  Nowadays they know how to cater for tourists.  There is no hostel nearby. However, the Lion Inn more than makes up. 

The Lion Inn, Blakey Ridge

The Lion Inn on remote Blakey Ridge is a 16th Century freehouse owned and run by the Crossland family since 1980. Located at the highest point of the North York Moors National Park, it stands at an elevation of 1,325 feet offering breath-taking views over the valleys of Rosedale and Farndale.  It has 14 bedrooms and good storage for cycles. 

The Lion Inn, Blakey Ridge, Kirkbymoorside,  North Yorkshire, YO62 7LQ England

Tel: 01751 417320 

Website www.lionblakey.co.uk 

 

The Milburn Arms Hotel, Rosedale Abbey

Offering 12 bedrooms, bike storage and good food, this  is a high quality venue; but you’re nearly there and may want a bit of luxury on the last night. 

The Milburn Arms Hotel, Rosedale Abbey, Pickering YO18 8RA , England

Tel:  01748 884908 

Website: www.milburnarms.com/

 

Bike Shop

You’re out on a limb here  I’m afraid. The nearest shops  are at Pickering, some distance away. Time to get out that tool kit and fettle the bike yourself. 

When you pass through Dalby Forest tomorrow, the Dalby Bike Barn will be able to help with anything else. 


Ravenscar  - The coast once more

Fantastic views do have limitations. At Ravenscar it is accommodation.  However, the Raven Hall Country House Hotel makes up for this and is excellent in every way. This exceptional venue has  52 ensuite rooms to choose from,  great food and of course a bar in which to celebrate. The iconic Boggle Hole Youth Hostel is also nearby for the more budget conscious. 

Boggle Hole Youth Hostel

Nestled on the beach in an old smuggler’s cove, this renowned hostel provides great food and accommodation with great views of the sea on the doorstep.  

YHA Boggle Hole, Mill Beck, Fylingthorpe, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO22 4UQ , England

Tel:   0845 371 9504 

Website:   www.yha.org.uk/hostel/boggle-hole

 

The Raven Hall Country House Hotel

Dramatically situated 600 feet above sea level, overlooking Robin Hood's Bay in the North York Moors National Park and midway between Whitby and Scarborough, Raven Hall is in an inspirational and historical setting. With 52 ensuite rooms, a great restaurant  and bars, it’s the perfect place to celebrate completing the mountain bike coast to coast. 

The Raven Hall Country House Hotel, Ravenscar, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO13 0ET

England

Tel:  01723  870353 

Website: www.ravenhall.co.uk

 

Bike Shop

There is no bike shop at Ravenscar. However, Scarborough has a good selection and a train station to get you back home again. Well done and we hope you enjoyed the ride.