Mid UK Tour 2014

Another amazing tour through the British countryside, windy lanes and hills. The Tour starts again at the ferry port in Hull. Heading up through the North Yorkshire moors to the picturesque village of Crayke. Here the overnight stay is in the Durham Ox. Before you reach Crayke be sure to stop for a drink at the Black Swan in Oldstead a most charming village pub but with a Michelin star restaurant. Access is via tiny country lanes but the pub itself is spectacular. Like on all these legs Good Pub Guide recommended accomodation is used. Part of the fun of these routes is clearly the superb British countryside, the windy and hilly roads but the importance of a good night sleep in comfortable but affordable accommodation is also vital!

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Day 2 takes you into (from the East side) and down through the Yorkshire Dales and then West towards the Wirral & Chester. Be wary of heavy traffic both 4 wheel and particular cyclists in the Dales as this is a particular tourist favourite especially driving through many of the beautiful villages. This part of the tour has some spectacular roads with high vantage points and great views. Many of the roads ridden were the same used by the recent Tour de France in North Yorkshire. Overnight stay is at the Pheasant Inn in Burwardsley situated just outside Chester. The pub is in a remote location with spectacular views from the high ground all the way into North Wales and as far as Liverpool. Spot Liverpool cathedral on the horizon at over 30 miles away!

Day 3 heads further West into North Wales. Here the roads become more mountainous as you head towards the Snowdonia National Park. Through the park passing under Mount Snowdon and the route drops straight down through central Wales into Herefordshire. This was the most spectacular part of the tour with steep and windy roads as you climb high into the national park. Be wary of cattle grids and sheep on the roads! The overnight stay is in the picturesque village of Kilpeck at the Kilpeck Inn. Spend a few minutes to take in the village church which is unique as well as over 700 years old.

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Day 4 heads due East leaving the hills behind into the northern home counties. Roads are more flat but nonetheless windy and challenging. Day 4 ends in the Norfolk Fens area in East Cambridgeshire near Ely. Overnight stay is in the village of Sutton Gault at the Anchor Inn a 400 years old pub with quite a fascinating history. Here the quality of this "quirky" pub is the excellent food and restaurant. If staying overnight be wary - the Inn is said to be haunted!

Unfortunately since this trip and only last year the Anchor Inn closed it doors. We hope that in future someone will take it over again as it really is superb with beautiful surrounding countryside in the Fens. 

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Day 5 takes you up through the flatness of the Fens into Lincolnshire, heading out to the East Coast and finally crossing the Humber bridge back to the ferry in Hull via our last stop point in Walkington, Yorkshire. As is always the case the last day of a tour can be a bit of an anti-climax and although much less dramatic than the West Coast of Wales it has its charm especially the Lincolnshire countryside with its vast areas of open country and fields.

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