Hidden Gem – Cycling in the Yorkshire Dales

Our Hidden Gem of the month is Cycling in the Yorkshire Dales. With 25 routes on quiet lanes throughout the national park, including the Prologue stage of the 2014 Tour de France, this is a brilliant destination for keen cyclists.

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Cycling in the Yorkshire Dales

24 circular rides and a 6-day tour


Guidebook to cycling in the stunning Yorkshire Dales. Describes 23 of the best circular day rides in the region, plus Stage 1 of the 2014 Tour de France (Leeds to Harrogate) and a circular 200 mile, 6-stage 'La Vuelta a Dales'. Day rides range from 14 to 57 miles. All routes are graded and include gradient profiles and 1:100K mapping.

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Vital stats:

  • 23 day rides, the 2014 'Tour' Stage 1 Route, and a six-stage tour of the Dales, visiting the best 'dales', with stages at Settle, Pateley Bridge, Leyburn, Hawes, Muker and Sedbergh.
  • The Yorkshire Dales National Park is made up of high moorland cut by deep dales. Babbling streams cut through hay meadows fringed with dry stone walls.
  • Historic stone villages and towns provide great opportunities for tea, cake and accommodation to fuel the hungry cyclist.

Where is it?

What is so special about cycling in the Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales boast a splendid mix of varied scenic landscapes, an extensive road network and cycle-friendly cafés and tea shops. There are no big towns in or close to the area and traffic tends to be light. The nature of the terrain however means that there are no 'easy' routes. Highlights include The Fleak, Birkdale, Coal Road, Tan Hill, Oxnop, Buttertubs, Greets Moss, Park Rash, Trapping Hill and Fleet Moss. Key centres to base yourself include Pateley Bridge, Grassington, Ingleton, Settle, Reeth, Sedbergh, Hawes and Leyburn.

The Yorkshire Dales have always welcomed visitors who enjoy the views. For cyclists, the national park and the areas overlapping its boundaries provide a splendid mix of varied scenic landscapes, an extensive network of roads and peaceful lanes and many cycle-friendly cafés and tea shops. With almost every turn revealing yet another stunning view, the Dales are an ideal area to explore by bike.

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