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:
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!
(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.
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)
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: https://bikeandboot.com/scarborough/bike/