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Join our 2020 London – York Heritage Cycle Tour

Here you’ll find details of the Spring 2020 supported group tour from London to York in aid of the Samaritans.

Join the team riding the 350 miles to York on minor roads, country lanes and cycleways over 6 days (Saturday 16th May to Thursday 21st May).

Why a ‘Heritage’ Tour?

Simply because we’re visiting some of the most impressive Roman and Medieval towns and cities in the country as well as cycling through some of England’s most celebrated countryside.

We’ll be riding in well-matched groups

Can’t quite manage the full tour?

You would be very welcome to join us on one of our six stages:

  1. Saturday 16th May – London to Colchester
  2. Sunday 17th May – Colchester to Cambridge
  3. Monday 18th May – Cambridge to Kings Lynn
  4. Tuesday 19th May – Kings Lynn to Lincoln
  5. Wednesday 20th May – Lincoln to Hull
  6. Thursday 21st May – Hull to York
Our destination – the magnificent York Minster

Check out the ride  schedule to find out more about our route from London to York.

Our mission

For each six-day tour rider to raise at least £800 in sponsorship for the Samaritans Central Charity or their local Samaritans branch

For each one-day stage rider to raise at least £100 in sponsorship for the Samaritans Central Charity or their local Samaritans branch

For us all to join local Samaritans en-route to support branch fundraising

Sign up for the full tour or a single stage

This is a fully-supported ride. Kit will be transported in our support vehicle which will monitor our progress and provide refreshments en-route. We’ll share twin rooms (with showers) in budget hotels, and eat breakfast and dinner together. We’ll share the cost through our sign-up fee of £365 for six-day tour riders or £25 for one-day stage riders.

Visit our sign-up page to book your place.

Join the Samaritans

If you’re not able to join the 2020 Heritage Ride, why not join the thousands of Samaritans across the country who support people who are desperate for someone to talk to. It’s vital work with a commitment of just 16 hours a week and you won’t find more supportive colleagues anywhere else.

Make a donation

You would be very welcome to support the ride with a donation. It’s easy to donate via the Cycling Samaritans Team page

…. and, if you’re a UK taxpayer, the government will add 25% to your donation via Gift Aid. All donations will go directly to the Samaritans Central Charity for the benefit of the 200+ Samaritans branches in towns and cities across the country.

Steve Johnson 


  1. Hi, hope you are getting on alright, good luck with the rest of your travels. See you on the 21 May.

    Caithness branch


  2. Well done mate You have made it without any incidents or hiccups. I have been following your progress day by day on the computer .It has been a long hard ride for you. Again well done and will hear all about it when you get Sussex


  3. I am here because I was cycling behind you in Aberdeen earlier this month and I promised myself to find out more about the mystery ‘Sussex to Shetland’ cyclist.

    Amazing, well done!!


  4. Well done! Fantastic acheivement while raising money and awareness for Samaritans. We enjoyed joining you on the Aberdeen to Newmacher section.


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