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Christmas in York
24th December 2019 - 27th December 2019 (4 days)
A centre-based tour at York Holiday Inn, situated just over one mile from historic York city centre. The hotel is in its own grounds, with immediate access to an on-road cycle path that leads to the city centre, the tarmac National Cycle Route 65 and quiet lanes and B-roads on both sides of the River Ouse.
Explore this historic city and surrounding countryside using cycle paths, lanes and B-roads, or simply relax and enjoy being waited on. Led rides of 32 and 50 miles (short cuts available) on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, plus led walks. Bed and breakfast plus superb Christmas lunch. Non-cycling partners welcome.
- Holiday Type Guided
- Tour Manager Sheila Simpson
- Grade Leisurely
- Booking Status Places Available
- Accommodation Hotel
- Board Basis Some Meals
- Travel Arrangements Land Only
- Road / Off Road Road
- Holiday Style Centre-based
- Vehicle Support Carry Own Luggage
- Holiday Ref 03325
Tuesday 24th December
Meet at the Holiday Inn bar at 1800. Led walk into York.
Wednesday 25th December
Optional depart between 0900 and 0915 for 28 mile led ride to Selby using the tarmac cycle paths and recommended roads of National Cycle Route 65, returning on B roads. Full Christmas lunch at the hotel. Late afternoon led walk across the racecourse and along the river path (approx 5 miles). Buffet dinner at the hotel.
Thursday 26th December
Optional depart between 0900 and 0915 on a 50 mile led circuit to Easingwold and Beningbrough Hall (short cut available). Evening meal at the Fox & Roman across the road from the hotel.
Friday 27th December
Holiday finishes after breakfast. Rooms to be vacated by 12 noon.
Accommodation & Meals
This will be in the 3-star York Holiday Inn, on a bed and breakfast basis, sharing twin rooms. A buffet breakfast is provided each day, plus an excellent lunch and evening meal on Christmas Day. Boxing Day dinner is at The Fox and Roman across the road. Any dietary restrictions should be specified when booking.
As this is a centre-based holiday, no vehicle support is provided.
Obtaining travel insurance is optional for UK residents as your CTC membership provides third party cover. However, this does not cover any other risks such as cancellation charges, personal injury or lost property. We therefore strongly recommend that suitable insurance is taken out to safeguard against such risks. Members who do not reside in the UK are not covered for third party and are advised to obtain suitable cover before leaving their normal residence. If you already have an annual policy, you may need to confirm that it will cover a UK holiday or make provision for it to do so.
The price of £330 is based on a minimum number of 10 people taking part in the tour. If there are insufficient bookings by 15th October 2019, we will contact you and return all monies paid.
- 3 nights hotel, sharing twin room, bed & breakfast
- Christmas lunch and evening meal at the hotel
- Boxing Day evening meal at the Fox & Roman
- CTC Cycling Holidays costs
Price Does Not Include
- Travel to and from the start of the holiday
- Lunches, other than Christmas Day
- Refreshments at morning and afternoon stops
- Entry fees at any attractions
- Any other personal expenses
- Single occupancy supplement (£125, subject to availability)
A deposit of £80 per person is payable upon booking, with the final balance of £250 per person to be paid ten weeks prior to departure, by 15th October 2019.
Should you be forced to cancel your booking for any reason you must notify us in writing. Cancellation charges are as follows:
Written notice received:
Before 15th October 2019
15th October 2019 through to departure
The Area Covered By The Holiday
This is a centre-based tour at York Holiday Inn, just over one mile from historic York city centre, which is accessible by riverside surfaced cycle paths, as are the quiet lanes of the Yorkshire cycle routes.
Rides & Rest Days
The Christmas Day 28 mile ride to Selby, using National Cycle Route 65, is almost entirely flat, as is the Boxing Day 50 mile ride.
Accommodation & Meals
The accommodation is on a bed & breakfast basis, with Christmas lunch and an evening meal at the hotel and Boxing Day dinner at the renowned Fox & Roman, just across the road. During the day we carry our own basic snacks (biscuits, cheese, fruit, peanuts, drink). There are pubs and shops open on Boxing Day at lunchtime in Easingwold on the 50 mile ride. The hotel serves bar snacks on that day.
There is a railway station in York, just over a mile from the hostel.
There is car parking in the hotel grounds, and cycles can be stored in a hotel room.
The maximum number of participants will be 16 excluding the Tour Manager.
Weather & Clothing
The weather is in the lap of the gods. We have had crisp, sunny weather most years since 2004, but snow and ice reduced most of us to walking in 2009 and 2010, and the river paths were flooded in 2012 and 2014/15.
The Tour Manager recommends a variety of medium thickness multi layers of cycling, or outdoor, clothing, which can be combined to cope with the variety of possible temperatures, and waterproofs, plus a change for evenings, with comfortable walking shoes if you plan to walk around York or if the weather looks like snow.
Cycles & Equipment
A bottom gear of 30 inches or less is recommended. Either a touring cycle or lightweight MTB, which must be in good working order, especially the brakes!
Maps & Guides
You should carry a map in case you become separated from the group. The whole area is covered by the Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 Landranger 105 ‘York & Selby’ and 100 ‘Malton Pickering & Surrounding Area’.