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Stage 7: Glaisdale to Robin Hood's Bay – Coast to coast off-road

25.8 mi
7.9 mph
2,050 ft
2,525 ft
Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

Tour Overview

Starting Point
21.0 mi

Beacon Howes

Mountain Biking Highlight

22.7 mi

Cinder Track

Mountain Biking Highlight

25.8 mi

Robin Hood's Bay

Bike Touring Highlight


Singletrack: 4.60 mi
Path: 6.37 mi
Cycleway: 2.51 mi
Street: 2.37 mi
Road: 8.15 mi
State Road: 1.79 mi
Off-grid (unknown): < 109 yd


Unpaved: 10.6 mi
Paved: 6.86 mi
Asphalt: 5.74 mi
Unknown: 2.59 mi
  • Includes an off-grid segment

    Navigation instructions may be limited.

  • Includes a segment that goes up or down a series of steps

    You may need to carry your bike.

  • Includes a segment in which cycling is forbidden

    You will have to dismount and push your bike.

Weather Forecast

Katherine Moore planned a mountain bike ride.

April 5, 2020


  • Katherine Moore

    With a shorter distance of 26.3 miles (42.3 km) and more descending than climbing, the final stage is a brilliant journey to the North Sea that should leave you with plenty of time to enjoy some fish and chips on the beach. You’ll leave the little North York Moors village of Glaisdale to head south-east firstly, before almost doubling back to the north on the brilliant Cinder Track into Robin Hood’s Bay.After descending out of the village on the road to the train station, ramp straight back up the hill on the gravel road to the south, over Glaisdale Beck and up through the woodland to Smiths Lane. Back on tarmac, you’ll descend all the way back down again to cross the River Esk into Egton Bridge. Your next move is to follow the Esk along Barnard’s Road to the east, a small lane that runs parallel to the water. This’ll deliver you into the peaceful little village of Grosmont, perhaps the perfect place to stop for a cuppa in one of the many tea rooms there. You’re faced by mighty gradients of up to 24% for a short while out of the village as you climb up Fair Head Lane onto Flat Howe. These mega gradients don’t last long thankfully, and the climb eases off nearer the top. After a short stint along the road on top of the moors, you’ll take a singletrack trail to Stony Leas, crossing the moorland past Brown Hill to join a small lane by Castlebeck Farm. Changing direction, you’ll follow this lane to the north, joining Robin Hood’s Bay Road, before turning right onto a track leading across Stony Marl Moor. Descending the wide track steeply off of Stoupe Brow, you’ll now join the well-marked Cinder Track, a railway retired in 1965, which leads you right into your finish village of Robin Hood’s Bay. Although you’ll likely be both hungry and tired, be sure to ride right down to the bay and complete the tradition of dipping your front wheel into the North Sea, as a celebration of your coast to coast crossing.

    • April 8, 2020