Plucky Cyclists Take on Challenging 206 mile route for St Gemma’s Hospice
From Monday 24th – Wednesday 26th April, members and friends of The Great Inns of Britain will set about completing a gruelling 325km cycling route across three days in aid of Yorkshire’s largest hospice, St Gemma’s Hospice.
St Gemma’s Hospice is a charity based in Leeds which provides expert care and support from local people with terminal illnesses. Organised by The Great Inns of Britain, this cycling tour aims to raise awareness of the hospice’s vital work, along with promoting cycling in Britain.
Simon Heaton, owner of Shibden Mill Inn and Chair of The Great Inns of Britain, along with Ed Henebury, owner of the White Horse & Griffin will lead the plucky cyclists along the inaugural Great Inns Northern Cycle Tour. Joined by Charles Bowman, owner of the Inn at Whitewell along with James Braxton, of BBC Antiques Road Trip and owner of The Lamb Inn, Wartling,Tom Coke, Earl of Leicester and owner of The Victoria Inn at Holkham and Thomas Robinson, owner at the Rose & Crown in Romaldkirk – the cyclists will endure some of the UK’s toughest terrain!
Beginning in Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland at the Inn at Whitewell, cyclists will follow sections of the famous Tour de Yorkshire route, pausing for a brief respite at Shibden Mill Inn before pedalling on to Ripley for a welcome overnight stay at The Boar’s Head. Day two will see the group push on through the Dales to The Blue Lion in Wensleydale’s East Witton, before heading further north towards Barnard Castle and Romaldkirk’s Rose & Crown for a well-earned evening meal and a bed for the night. The final leg will take the cyclists across to the east coast and Whitby’s White Horse & Griffin, having conquered around 3300m of hill climbing over the course of the route.
Simon Heaton, owner of Shibden Mill Inn and Chair of The Great Inns of Britain comments:
“We’re really keen to promote the idea of cycling tours based at the Great Inns or routes between some of them and we’re delighted to be able to do this whilst supporting such a fantastic cause as St Gemma’s Hospice. It’s well known that the cycling in the north of Britain is challenging, but the rewards of glorious scenery and a fantastic place to lay your head at the end of the day will definitely spur us on!”
This will be no easy feat for our brave cyclists, and any donations will be greatly appreciated.
To support the cyclists, please visit the following link: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/TheGreatInnsOfBritain