As a bike hotel in Scarborough, we know a thing or two about how to get the most out of your cycling holiday. We’re full of wheely good advice when it comes to getting out and about, and our seaside town is famous for its routes, trails and location.

Not to mention we offer our very own cycle hire service, so if you fancy putting the fun between your legs, we’ve got you covered!

Getting on your bike isn’t just a bit of fun where you can feel the wind in your hair (or lack of, we won’t judge). There’s many body bits that cycling can help with, including your brain, lungs, and even helping you sleep. So, you can crash into our super comfy beds after your day of biking, and sleep like a baby with ease.

Here’s the stuff worth knowing about the bike trails in Scarborough, so you can plan your cycling to-do list:


Cinder Track

Starting off with the big one! This route should be at the tip top of your bucket list of things to do in Scarborough. Go off road and venture through the North York Moors National Park, cycling from Scarborough to Whitby. Here you’ll take in epic views as you journey along our famous coastline, feeling the salty spray in your face (we mean from the sea, you mucky pup). 

It’s a great, gentle ride, perfect for families with kids who want a safe, easy to navigate cycle path. Alternatively, if you’re an eager beaver and want more of a challenge, the entire 21.5-mile cycle from Scarborough to Whitby on Cinder Track can be completed in a day, with plenty of time for refreshment stops along the way. So, pack up your snacks and hit the road for a day of adventure!

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(Image credit: Discover Yorkshire Coast)


The Sea Front

For a shorter ride with all the fun of a long one, trek by Scarborough’s South Bay. This place is best enjoyed when it’s quiet and no one is trailing around with their amusement pennies and grabber wins. It’s ideal for a laid-back evening ride along the coastline. With plenty of shops and restaurants on route, you can stop for a bite to eat, or to pick up some Scarborough souvenirs to remember the best place on Earth (and us most importantly, of course). For the best Instagram piccies, time your journey to catch the sunrise or sunset, to see the best view in the whole of the UK – in our opinion, but we are biased.


Dalby Forest

Okay so this one isn’t in Scarborough, but dedicated cyclists will want to give this location a shot. Here there are loads of different trails for bikers of different abilities, from easy to moderate. So, there really is something for everyone, whether you’re an adrenaline junkie wanting to tackle the trails head on, or families looking for a relaxing day out (or just a place to drag the kids to get them out of your hair). There’s also a bike shop in the grounds, if you need anything at all to make your ride even better. With Dalby Forest Cycle Hub situated less than a 40-minute drive away from our hotel, it’s the ideal bike lover’s location for a day out. Being a forest, there’s lots of trees so make sure you don’t crash into any.

(Image credit: Forestry England)


Oliver’s Mount

If you want a spot that’s got loads to see, head up to Oliver’s Mount. Even though it’s a spot most well-known for motorbike racing, it’s still a great track for cycling if you prefer a gentler pair of wheels. The track is 2.41 miles in total, with lots of twists and turns, making it a tough but enjoyable ride if you fancy more of a challenge. There’s also a rather nice picnic area and cafe, so you can call by for a pit stop to refresh before you head back out there. Plus, you get to see great views of Scarborough along the way – what a treat for the eyes! 

(Image source: Discover Yorkshire Coast)


Bike & Boot

Of course, we have to blow our own trumpet. We’re THE best place to visit on a cycling holiday in Scarborough. Okay so that might be a self-awarded title, but it still counts! We’re a bike friendly hotel and ready to wheel you in with our charm. Our on-site Wadobi facilities have secure bike storage, a service tower, tyre pumps, a washing station PLUS electric bikes to rent out. You lucky thing.


Bike Friendly Cafes

This is perhaps the most important section of this blog post – where to find the good food! There’s such a wide range of cafes in Scarborough that you’ll be spoilt for choice. However, we’ve narrowed down our top recommendations to taste test on your trip, some which can be found on your bike trail route!

Ravenscar Tea Rooms is just off Cinder Track, which makes it a popular spot for cyclists who need feeding and watering on their journey. From tasty pastries and filling sandwiches to a good old cuppa, they’ve got lots of stuff to keep you satisfied on your ride.

The Waterfront Cafe located near the harbour has plenty of outdoor seating for you to park up, chill out and rest your legs after a long ride. They have lots of choice for you to tuck into, all with a lovely sea view – what more could you want on a sunny Scarbados day?

Another one for the views, Sunrise Cafe, below the hill leading up to Scarborough Castle, gives you both sea views and castle views – you jammy thing! There’s a large outdoor seating area and a terrace so you can soak up the sun while you enjoy a post bike ride beverage.

You didn’t think we’d forget about our very own Bareca did you? Park your bike up in our secure bike storage, then fill your belly over at the Bareca, with our large selection of tasty dishes. You can’t forget a cheeky drink as your post-cycle reward either. Go on, you deserve it.



To find out more about our hotel facilities for cyclists, visit our dedicated webpage:

Most people would agree that there’s nothing better than a good old bike ride. The feeling of soaking in the crisp air whilst pedalling along – it’s truly unmatched.

However, do you feel like the ride is over all too quickly? Or generally underwhelming? Missing a little spark? Well have no fear, as Fat Lad at the Back is here to share some of our top tips to have the best ride of your life.

Explore nature’s backyard

Some people cycle to achieve PB, lose weight or simply to get from A to B. It sounds a bit boring, doesn’t it? And it’s those types of rides that you end up forgetting about your surroundings. If you really think about it, it’s incredible to find out what’s lurking beyond the towns and city centres. Fields full of flowers, breath-taking views, friendly animals and so much more. So, why not turn off the Strava for a day and go out and explore. Just see where a single path might take you, as you never know what you might discover.

Dress to the max! 

Comfort is key – especially when you’re cycling. No one wants to bear the continuous ache of sore plums or end up catching a chill from the British breeze. Our solution? Easy. Getting yourself kitted out in the best gear, of course!

The perfect way to start off with a strong outfit is to start with a good jersey. Using top quality, Italian technical fabrics with unique designs, our cycling jerseys are longer in length and have more room across the shoulders, chest and around the middle for a perfect fit, that will leave you looking and feeling great. If you’re a sleek style rider, we recommend our Incognito or Horizon jerseys. Or if you want something with a bit more character, then our Pie and Cake jerseys are perfect for you (and these are available in long sleeves if you want to be extra warm in the colder months!).

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Now for the bottom half. We don’t want to toot our own horn, but this is where we really shine. Our padded bib shorts are known for their top-quality comfort as the foam moulds to the body of the rider, to provide the best support where needed (and they look pretty stylish too).

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Next up is a jacket! By using the latest fabrics, our jackets give you the best protection from all of the elements whilst still being breathable. Perfect for layering up!

And finally, you can’t go wrong with a few accessories! Like our socks, caps and neck doo dahs, they’re the ultimate finishing touches to any look. Then you’re raring to go! And not only will you feel comfortable, but you’ll look FLABulous too!

Have a cheeky catch up

Riding with friends instantly makes the experience better. It makes you feel less lonely, is great support and moral when you need it – with enough laughs to supply you throughout the week ahead. So why not use your rides for a good old catch up!

If you’re in the market for some cycling pals, then check out our FLAB social rides. Ran by volunteers of the Fat Lad At The Back community, it’s a place where like-minded people meet and ride together. Everyone is welcome, whatever your ability.

Happy tummy, happy people

If your ride doesn’t have a scheduled cake or pie stop then you’re cycling wrong! It’s almost criminal! By having an end destination or little stop along the way, you can muster more motivation to keep going when it gets tough. It makes you want to pedal faster as you’ll be one step closer to tasting a sweet treat. Plus it’s always good to give yourself breaks to make sure you don’t burn yourself out. Did you know it’s rumoured the more cake stops there is, the happier you’ll become.

Have fun! 

It sounds cheesy but go and have fun! And with our top tips your rides will be far from boring. So go out and get cycling!

To find out more about us at Fat Lad at the Back, visit our website:

Big Bear Bikes

We are a large, friendly and expert independent bike store located in Pickering, half way between Scarborough and York. Pickering, is home to the North York Moors Steam Railway and the gateway to the North York moors.

Cycle Hire

We have a large fleet of hire bikes including electric bikes, mountain bikes, and road bikes. We are an e-bike specialist store with 30+ bikes in stock and all available to test ride as well as 100+ ‘normal’ bikes. We believe in ‘try before you buy’, so you can always be sure of getting the best, most suitable, and comfortable bike for you. We offer 0% finance up to 36 months and all Cycle 2 Work schemes.

The store carries a large range of clothing, with changing room facilities. Numerous parts and accessories from all the best cycling brands and a free bike wash – we are your one-stop cycling shop!

We have a busy workshop, staffed by qualified mechanics to help keep you in the saddle. We repair and service all makes and types of bikes – whatever the age and condition!

We can advise you on any aspect of cycling such as e-biking, triathlon, sportive, mountain biking, enduro, child carrying or touring, and we pride ourselves on our friendliness, level of knowledge, and expertise.

Opening Times

We are open 6 days a week (Tues – Sun) and have a large, free car park at the rear.

Contact Us

For more information, call us on 01751 474220

Dalby Forest Cycle Hub

Dalby Forest Cycle Hub has been established in order to offer a great cycling experience to everyone regardless of their experience or ability. We are based in the central courtyard at Dalby and right at the start of the cycle trails so it couldn’t be more convenient.

Dalby Forest Cycle Hub has been established in order to offer a great cycling experience to everyone regardless of their experience or ability. We are based in the central courtyard at Dalby and right at the start of the cycle trails so it couldn’t be more convenient.

Dalby Forest is the perfect place for a pedal, whether you are looking for a leisurely ride or something more challenging. From gentle forest lanes to fast flowing single track, technical descents and tough climbs – it’s all here – including the World Cup trail.

If you’re unsure of which trail to tackle, our experienced and qualified team of staff can help you decide on the right route for your ability.

Apart from cycling, Dalby has many other activities to keep everyone entertained and with two cafes and hassle-free parking, it’s the perfect day out for all the family.

2020 Tour de Yorkshire

The Tour de Yorkshire first occurred as part of the Grand Départ of the Tour de France in 2014, and we have been celebrating and partaking in it ever since. The race attracts large crowds and lots of local support, so if you’re staying with us between 30th April and 4th May, we encourage you to come down to watch and cheer.

Men’s Tour de Yorkshire race

The 6th edition of the men’s Tour de Yorkshire takes place from Thursday 30 April until Sunday 4 May, and has been upgraded to HC status, meaning that it is the highest category possible for a multi-day race outside of the UCI World Tour. We will update this post as soon as specific routes have been announced, so make sure you check back nearer the time.

Women’s Tour de Yorkshire race

The women’s race will take place on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd May and both stages will be exactly the same as the men’s. Last year’s route was the most difficult with over 3,200m of cumulative climbing, and the longest yet at 264km. We will update this post as soon as specific routes have been announced, so make sure you check back nearer the time.

Stage VIP access and hospitality

There are many different VIP access tickets available which include VIP parking, food, live race viewing, access to the warm up area, and finish line spaces. And with tickets for the VIP ‘start’ hospitality area starting at only £135, we don’t see why you wouldn’t! For more information about VIP access tickets, please visit the main Your de Yorkshire website.