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East Coast discovery route - England

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Route Overview:

Distance (Miles): 180

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Summary: East Coast discovery route - England
Route Description:

Where does it start? Skegness

Where does it end? Whitby

How long is it? 180 miles


Why is it great? 

A taste of the old English seaside resorts of the East Coast, mixed with some stunning roads across the Yorkshire moorland. 


What do I need to know? 

Starting in Skegness as a suggestion, where cheap accommodation makes for an early start the next morning, the route traces up the east coast, through Mablethorpe and out into the Lincolnshire Wolds to the Humber Bridge. Over the Humber Bridge and if you have the time head east all the way out to Withernsea and follow the coast from there. That road is particularly good; quiet, twisty, well sighted, with Flamborough Head worth stopping at once you get to the top. On to Scarborough and the A171 all the way up to Whitby. This is a lovely road with some nice sweeping corners, though watch out for some of the hidden dips and corkscrews. Whitby itself is a highlight of the UK in my book, with some good YHA accommodation at the Abbey if you’re after something different, and cheap.


Anything else? 

From Whitby, a good route if you’re heading south is to loop across to the North York Moors and come back down through that. The main road – the A169 – back down to Pickering is the quickest way but for more interest head down into Goathland (where Heartbeat was filmed) and ride out the back of it to the west, where a network of quiet single-track lanes fan out south and west, such as Wheeldale Road. The market town of Helmsley is a good spot for bikers, so perhaps use that as your final destination, with Hutton-le-Hole, just to the east, a picture postcard Yorkshire village worth passing through. Watch for the wandering sheep!

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