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Cold Dark North provide fully supported cycling experiences taking in some of the most beautiful unspoiled, quiet and challenging tarmac in the North West of the UK.


We’re all about waving goodbye to the budget flight, lengthy transfer, bike box battle, cliché ridden rides in the European appellations and instead embracing the challenges right on the doorstep. Ditch the Dolomites this year and take on the Coal Road, the “Fred” and some of the most stunning and  undiscovered road savagery of the Lake District, the Dales and the Trough of Bowland. It’s true that in the Cold Dark North you might experience rain, wind, 30%+ gradients and the odd cattle grid, but that’s what Rules 5 and 9 were written for.


In our hands, you’ll escape the shackles of the city and let yourself loose on a proper challenge in some of the most mouth-watering landscapes you didn’t know were just a few hours away. And it really is that easy. Come to the Cold Dark North with us and we’ll take pride in looking after every detail of your experience, from arriving in the Lakes, to your accommodation, food (on and off the bike), mechanical support and expert route guidance.  

It’s still early days in the Cold Dark North adventure, but since 2016 we've been running l local and elite level races in the North West - including now hosting the National Road Races for both Men's and Women's Masters.

We love helping people plan routes and adventures in the North West - so if you're heading this way and just want a little help with your route planning - ask. We'd be happy to help!


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We pride ourselves on having a deep local knowledge and a passion for our area and its cycling heritage, mixed with an experienced understanding of a cyclist's needs. When you travel with us, we'll do all we can to show where the locals, not the tourists, ride.


The best rider in the world is nothing without a good mechanic and even the most expensive bike is worthless unless cared for properly. Our mechanics are dedicated to giving your bike the attention it needs to mean you don't need to worry about it.


Blesséd are the Routemakers! We take enormous pride in making sure that the routes we plan are tailored to the riders we're helping. They're always tough, sometimes sadistically so, but only if you ask nicely!




Our local guides will stop at nothing to make your tour of the Cold Dark North an unforgettable adventure. So whether it's help with the local language (English with a twist) or a bit of a pep talk before the day's last 

big climb – we have you covered.