Whitby may well be the perfect spot to use as a cycling trip base!
Whitby may not be the first place that springs to mind when you are considering where to go on a cycling vacation or trip. After all, Whitby is a seaside town certainly more renowned for its fishing and Dracula than it is for fantastic cycling routes. It has to be said, however, that whilst Whitby is not perhaps the perfect town to be cycling around, it has some amazing areas for this very close around it.
In fact, Whitby may well be the perfect spot to use as a cycling trip base. This is partly due to its fabulous and varied array of things to do and places to stay when you are not pedalling, and partly thanks to its mouth-watering eateries. Whitby has a fine array of restaurants and cafes to fill your boots after a hard day cycling.
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Where To Cycle In And Around Whitby
Before we get into where you should go cycling around Whitby it may be useful for those who don’t own a bike to know where to hire one. There are several options available to you including:
Trailways – A 100 plus hire bike fleet with cycles suitable for all ages. They are located alongside the coastal cycle rail trail (Cindertrack) or on the moor two sea route which goes through Dalby Forest, Pickering, and Scarborough.
Dalby Bike Barn – Located on the edge of Dalby Forest in the village of Thornton Le Dale. Here you can hire a wide variety of bikes including electric and mountain.
Moors And Coast Cycle Hire – Providing bikes for all the family Moors and Coast is located in Goldsborough. They will, however, deliver bikes right to your door should you require it.
Yorkshire Cycling Hub – Based in the heart of the national park Yorkshire Cycling Hub offers not only a wide range of bikes but also a cafe, bike wash, and bunkhouse accommodation. They are located at Fryup Gill farm, Great Fryup Dale.
One of the most popular cycle routes in this area has to be the Whitby to Scarborough Cindertrack. It takes in historic sites, secluded coves, and has fantastic views all the way, making it the perfect ride for a perfect day out.
The Cindertrack route starts at either Whitby Harbour or Whitby Abbey and ends at Safe Ways Park in Scarborough. The going is relatively flat, involves very little on road cycling and measures 21 miles. You can, however, make this journey shorter, 15 miles, by ending it at Robin Hoods Bay.
Exploring Dalby Forest
There are several bike trails for you to explore within the gorgeous Dalby Forest. Each one offers you a fantastic chance for natural cycling and will leave you feeling at one with nature.
Alderstone Cycle Trail – An 8 mile or 12-mile route that takes you around the Dalby Forest plateau and is suitable for all the family.
Ellerburn Trail – A route of 1.7 or 2.8 miles specifically for walkers and disabled cyclists. This route runs alongside Ellerburn Beck with a short detour taking you to Ellerburn pond and bird hide.
Red Route / Riggs and Dales / New Close Rigg / Jerry Noddle Trail – Not for the faint of heart the aforementioned trails are fast flowing routes for proficient mountain bike riders who have good off-roading skills. There is also the Jubilee Blue trail which is very similar but for slightly less experienced riders.
Just Get Up And Go
Of course, not everyone will want to cycle a pre-planned route. Some people may prefer to just jump on a bike and explore. Whitby could be the perfect base for you to do this from, as whichever direction you go in, you’re sure to come across somewhere fun.
To the North, you’ll find seaside spots such as Staithes and the glorious Runswick Bay. To the South is Ravenscar and if you’re feeling energetic (really energetic) the lovely Filey. To the West lies the vast and beautiful North York Moors with its quaint villages, moorlands, woodlands, and nature galore. And finally to the East, well, no you just can’t go there. Unless you have a bike that floats and a wetsuit to keep you warm in the chilly North Sea.
Where To Stay On A Cycling Trip To Whitby
When taking a cycling holiday in Whitby you will need accommodation with bike storing facilities. Luckily, Whitby has a plethora of just such places and here are our picks of the bunch.
The Riviera Guest House – Located in one of Whitby's most prominent locations, the Riviera offers stunning sea views from a number of rooms. Centrally located, just a short walk into the centre of town, The Riviera is a popular guest house in the heart of Whitby.
Dillons Luxury B&B – Dillons overlooks the beautiful Pannet Park and offers off-road parking for a number of vehicles. Dillons is a luxury B&B, each room has been decorated to the highest standard with luxury fixtures and fittings. A must visit B&B centrally located in Whitby.
The Coal Merchants House – Just a mile outside Whitby the Coal Merchants House is a friendly and family run bed and breakfast. It is a short walk from Ruswarp and the glorious River Esk which are delightful to cycle around. The house has just three ensuite rooms with subtle touches of luxury.
Where To Eat On A Cycling Holiday To Whitby
Whether you’re looking for a quick snack at lunchtime or a hearty evening meal after cycling all day, you will find something suitable in Whitby and the surrounding area. From a plethora of fish restaurants to cafes with tasty homemade cakes, you certainly won’t go hungry.
Sandside Cafe – Known as the ‘little cafe with the big view’ due to its wonderful location, the Sandside cafe is ideal for a spot of lunch whilst out cycling. It is a firm favourite with tourists and locals alike, who just adore the Sandside Smokey. A dish to (almost) die for the Smokey is a dish full of haddock, cheese, and egg. This is all mixed together and baked into a delicious gloop.
Humble Pie n Mash – After a hard day cycling you can’t beat the Humble Pie n Mash for a really filling meal. Pies here are homemade and cooked fresh on the premises every day. Fillings include slow braised steak, roast vegetables, and goat’s cheese, and the strangely named Romany Hommity. All are served in front of a roaring fire (seasonal) in a traditionally styled age-old shop.
The Fisherman’s Wife – Of course, no trip to Whitby would be complete without tasting the seafood there, which is why we recommend the Fisherman’s Wife. It is located in Whitby, just down the Khyber Pass and offers locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. Traditional fish and chips are of course on the menu here as well as some real mouth-watering shellfish dishes.