2019 Official Season Opener!! Coast to Coast
Updated: Apr 10, 2019
What better way to open the 2019 UK riding season than completing this fantastic Coast to Coast RIDE.
Date - Sunday 28th April
Reason - Most bikes are just coming out more often at this point, have had a service and a few short shake downs, as the winter has now gone and May is almost on us - High altitudes on this RIDE mean any earlier would be too risky.
2nd Reason - It's payday weekend so you should treat your bike to a nice day out - Right?!
This RIDE takes you and your motorcycle through 3 of the most stunning National Parks in the UK, and from beaches to beaches either side of Northern England!!
This blog post isn't a write up of this route - It is an invitation to all bikers that have had a winter of hibernation, or at best some part days of riding over the UK winter, to get out and enjoy a brilliant RIDE!!
This will be an AMAZING day out on the bikes that takes you through truly stunning scenery and on some of the best riding roads in the UK, through the following National Parks:
North York Moors National Park
Yorkshire Dales National Park
Lake District National Park
This RIDE can be made either East to West or West to East, and done at your own pace with your own riding groups or riding buddies; same as every one of the rides that we cover here at the RIDE. All we ask is, if you do take on this RIDE, please post some photos to theRIDEuk Facebook Group.
What can you expect?
(assuming taking the East to West route)
Approximately 150 miles of motorbike bliss - but broken down into some highlights are the 3 main sections below!!
The North York Moors Section - 59 Miles
A seaside start at a cafe overlooking the north sea just after sunrise
The rolling hills of the North York Moors National Park
Popular biking spot - Helmsley
A steep descent of the great Sutton Bank
Market town of Thirsk
The Yorkshire Dales National Park Section - 65 Miles
Crossing the spine of the country
Stunning scenery along great Dales biking roads
Quick brew & toilet stop at Hawes
The truly sublime road between Hawes and Kendal, through Garsdale & Sedbergh
The Lake District National Park Section - 45 Miles
Through Kendal (grab some mint cake if you have the time)
Over the tops and down into Bowness-on-Windermere
The ride around Lake Windermere past Ambleside
The astonishing Hard Knott Pass - climbing from 200 to 400m & back down to 100m in less than 4 kilometers
Seaside views at Seascale before heading home
Our sample itinerary
We will be riding this route on the 28th - Try keeping us away!!!
Below is our itinerary for the day, all timings are approximate but in the right ballpark so should be a good reference on allowances of time etc.
Sunrise time on this day will be - 05:40
Sunset will be - 20:17
So plenty of time for riding!
As previously mentioned this will be ridden from East to West and the itinerary will be as below:
08:30 - Meet at Oasis Cafe Scarborough with a full tank ready to go
09:00 - Leave Oasis Cafe
11:00 till 11:15 - Leeming Bar - fuel & snack break before heading into the Dales
12:15 - 12:30 - Hawes tea & pee break (if needed)
12:30 - Leave Hawes
13:45 till 14:30 - Bowness-on-Windermere - Lunch followed by fuel stop
14:30 - Leave Bowness-on-Windermere
16:30 - Arrive at Seascale via Hardknott Pass (time allowed for photo stops etc)
17:00 - Head for home
Side note: If you are on "L plates" or a 125cc bike, this route is 125cc friendly so why not whack a post on theRIDEuk Facebook Group to see if any other guys on the same capacity bike would like to join you - Would be awesome to see a good group of 125's hitting this route!!