The Tour de France in 2014 and the subsequent Tour de Yorkshire events have put Yorkshire firmly on the map as a cycling destination. So whether you are a professional cyclist or just looking for a family day out there are plenty of Yorkshire Cycling Routes.
The summer months are the perfect time to get out and about so get on your bike and experience some of the gorgeous countryside that we are so lucky to have on the doorstep.
Cycling centres and advice
There are dedicated cycling centres at Dalby Forest and Sutton Bank which are an ideal stop if you are heading for the Moors. Both offer advice, cycle repairs and a bike wash. For the Yorkshire Dales, the Dales Bike Centre is located near Richmond and also includes an array of facilities such as bike hire, café and repair hub.
Yorkshire Moors Cycle Routes
Stage 3 of the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire showcased some of the finest scenery in the Moors by passing through Helmsley, Danby and Grosmont, on-route to the finish line in Scarborough.
If you want to follow in its footsteps, The North Yorkshire Moors website has lots of cycle trails to try. Explorer Routes are ideal if you have a mountain bike and want to get off the beaten track to see some of the areas hidden gems. Meanwhile Road Routes are the best choice if you prefer sticking to peaceful country roads to experience the fabulous views).
Explorer routes include the Dalby Forest Loop which will take you on forest roads and tracks including great views of the Hole of Horcum which is a natural amphitheatre style hollow.
Alternatively the Rosedale Railway Ride starts at Hutton-le-Hole and follows an old ironstone railway line travelling via Rosedale Abbey and Lastingham.
Meanwhile road cycle routes include a circular 23 mile trip from Castle Howard which showcases Nunnington Hall and the Yorkshire Lavender Garden via the beautiful Howardian Hills.
Yorkshire Dales Cycle Routes
Yorkshire Dales routes range from the more sedate and gentle to some seriously challenging climbs. The Dales are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty so you are bound to see some stunning scenery on your journey whichever route you choose.
The dedicated website Cycle the Dales has a great selection of routes available including the Tour de France du Dales. This follows the route taken by the famous race in 2014. Starting at Grassington you’ll head through Aysgarth Falls, Buttertubs Pass near Hawes and Middleham, which was once home to Richard III).
Other routes include the 27 mile Swaledale circular which starts at the charming village of Reeth. A highlight of this Yorkshire Cycle Route is the Tan Hill Inn, famous as the highest pub in Britain.
Yorkshire Coast Cycle Routes
The Yorkshire coastline is another great choice for a bike ride, just think of all that exhilarating sea air and stunning coastal views!
The ‘Cinder Track’ follows the 21-mile line of the old Whitby to Scarborough railway and can be cycled in its entirety or broken into more manageable chunks. Try heading from Ravenscar (the halfway and highest point on the route) up to Robin Hood’s Bay and explore the winding streets of this old smuggler’s haunt.
Heading further north, cycle up the coast from Whitby to Saltburn, and take in Staithes and Runswick Bay along the way.
With plenty of picturesque villages all along this coastal stretch, you can always reward yourself with some tasty fish and chips. Well you will have burnt off plenty of calories!
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