Christmas in York

Christmas in York

24th December 2021 - 27th December 2021 (4 days)

Based at the York Holiday Inn, just over a mile from York city centre, explore this historic city and surrounding countryside using cycle paths, lanes and B-roads or simply relax and enjoy the Christmas meals and being waited on. Almost entirely flat led rides; on Christmas Day, 28 miles mostly on National Cycle Route 65 (tarmac) and Boxing Day, 50 miles on cycle lanes, paths and rural lanes, short cuts available, plus short led walks. Non-cycling partners are welcome.
This tour is not yet open for bookings and the dates and prices shown are provisional. However, if you are interested in making a booking and being added to a waiting list to be notified when bookings open, please use the 'Enquire Now' button.

  • Holiday Type Guided
  • Tour Manager Sheila Simpson
  • Grade Leisurely
  • Booking Status Enquiries Only
  • 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 03677


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Christmas in York

Friday 24th December

We meet in the hotel bar at 1800 to discuss the weather and timetable and then enjoy a walk into York to visit The Maltings and/or The Punch Bowl, depending on the requirements of individual members of the group. Meals: None

Saturday 25th December

We leave the hotel between 0900 and 0915 for a 28 mile circuit to Selby using tarmac cycle paths and recommended quiet roads of National Cycle Route 65, noting the models of the Solar System, all to scale, along the way. After a short break outside Selby Abbey we return on B-roads and NCR 65 to enjoy a full Christmas lunch at the hotel. There is an optional late afternoon walk across the racecourse and along the river paths to and from York city centre (approx 5 miles). In the evening we have a buffet dinner at the hotel. Meals: B L D

Sunday 26th December

We leave the hotel between 0900 and 0915 for a circuit to Easingwold and Beningbrough Hall (50 miles),  or short circuit to the Hall (36 miles), using cycle paths alongside the A64, then soon taking to the Yorkshire lanes through attractive Askham Richard to visit the Battle of Marston Moor Memorial, crossing the River Nidd at Cattal and the Ouse at Aldwark Toll Bridge (now free) to Easingwold for lunch. We return via Newton-on-Ouse, the grounds of Beningbrough Hall, NCR 65 and across the Knavesmire. In the evening we dine at the Fox & Roman across the road from the hotel or the hotel, depending on social distancing requirements. Meals: B D

Monday 27th December

The holiday finishes after breakfast. Usually some of the group prefer to spend more time in York, but bear in mind that rooms have to be vacated by 1200. The hotel parking facilities can be used until later in the day. Meals: B

Meals: B = Breakfast  L = Lunch  D = Dinner

The above itinerary should be treated as an indication of what is to be accomplished during the tour and not as a contractual obligation.

Accommodation & Meals

Based at the 3-star York Holiday Inn, sharing twin rooms. A buffet breakfast is provided each day, plus an excellent lunch and dinner on Christmas Day. Boxing Day dinner is at the Fox & Roman or the hotel. Any dietary restrictions should be specified when booking.

Vehicle Support

As this is a centre-based holiday, no vehicle support is provided.

Travel Insurance

Obtaining travel insurance is optional for UK residents as your Cycling UK 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 £445 is based on a minimum number of 10 people taking part in the holiday; please note Booking Conditions, clause 3. If there are insufficient bookings by 15th October 2021, we will contact you and return all monies paid.
This price is provisional.

Price Includes

  • 3 nights hotel, sharing room
  • 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • CTC Cycling Holidays & Tours costs

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel to and from the start of the holiday
  • Lunch, other than on Christmas Day
  • Refreshments at morning and afternoon stops
  • Entry fees at any attractions visited
  • Any other personal expenses
  • Single occupancy supplement (£125, subject to availability)

Payment Schedule

A deposit of £45 per person is payable upon booking, with the final balance of £400 per person to be paid ten weeks prior to departure, by 15th October 2021. 


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 2021

15th October 2021 through to departure


Cancellation charge:

Deposit (£45)

100% (£445)

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 are the Boxing Day 50 mile and 36 mile rides. The routes are on cycle paths and lanes – if the roads look as though they might be icy we will take a look at the first few miles each day so that you can decide whether to ride or go for a walk. York is a lovely place to explore on foot and 5 mile and 10 mile walking routes are provided. You are advised not to ride very close together and, if in bunches, in groups of 6 riders maximum. Shout if you are slowing, stopping or see a hazard - Pot - Rough - Easy - Stopping. There is a very short, steep climb on each day on the cycle paths and some cattle grids on the Boxing Day rides at least 2 of which we will walk.

Accommodation & Meals

During the day we will carry our own basic snacks (biscuits, cheese, fruit, peanuts, drinks). The Holiday Inn also serves lunchtime bar snacks on Boxing Day.


There is a railway station in York, just over a mile away, and there are cycle lanes on the road to the hotel. Cars can be parked in the hotel grounds and cycles stored overnight in a hotel room.

Group Information

The maximum number of participants will be 20 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 the group to walking in 2009 and 2010, and the river paths were flooded in 2012, 2014 and 2015. Bringing a variety of medium thickness multi layers of cycling, or outdoor clothing which can be combined to cope with the variety of possible temperatures, is recommended. You should also bring waterproofs, a change of clothing for the evening and comfortable walking shoes if you plan to walk around York or if the weather looks like snow.

Cycles & Equipment

A touring cycle or lightweight MTB is suitable, which must be in good working order, especially the brakes! If you are unable to service your cycle yourself please have your cycle serviced by a reliable mechanic. Bike shops will not be available over the Christmas period. A bottom gear of 30 inches or less is recommended. 

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 maps 105 (York & Selby) and 100 (Malton Pickering & Surrounding Area).