Cycling in the Yorkshire Dales
24 circular rides and a 6-day tour
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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.
Seasonsall-year-round cycling but the best time is spring to early summer when the hay meadows are in flower and the birds of the high moors have returned to breed
Centresthe routes are centered on Pateley Bridge, Grassington, Ingleton, Settle, Reeth, Sedbergh, Hawes and Leyburn
Difficultyroutes are graded as short, medium and long and classified as moderate, hard or challenging. There are no easy rides in the Dales. The routes are suitable for all but the novice cyclist. Those with less experience may need to rest a little more often
Must Seecycling throughout the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Routes include all the major dales and challenging climbs of The Fleak, Birkdale, Coal Road, Tan Hill, Oxnop, Buttertubs, Greets Moss, Park Rash, Trapping Hill and Fleet Moss
This guide describes 23 day routes, graded by a combination of distance, climb and overall gradient, all suitable for road bikes and illustrated by detailed maps and profiles. In addition a six-stage tour takes in all the highlights, including Grassington, Leyburn, Hawes, Kirkby Stephen, Ingleton and Settle. And for those who really want to test themselves, the route of the Stage 1 of the 2014 Tour de France, a 206km loop from Leeds to Harrogate, is also included, with an option to close the loop without adding many extra miles.
Appendices include a route summary table to help you choose your route, lots of information about facilities for cyclists along the routes, taking bikes on public transport and basic bike maintenance.
The Vuelta a Dales takes in the best dales, passes and viewpoints as it passes through Grassington, Leyburn, Hawes, Kirkby Stephen, Sedbergh, Ingleton and Settle. 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.
Geology of the Dales
Getting there and getting about
When to go
Food and drink
What to wear
What to take
Choosing your bike
Using this guide
Link Route Leeds Bradford Airport to Askwith
Route 1 Nidderdale, Washburn and Wharfedale
Route 2 Brimham Moor, Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal
Route 3 Masham and Burn Valley
Route 4 Round Barden
Route 5 Malhamdale and High Limestone Country
Route 6 Malhamdale by way of Bordley
Route 7 Malhamdale, Silverdale and Littondale
Route 8 Dentdale and round Whernside
Route 9 Ribblesdale and round Ingleborough
Route 10 Dales and Tarn
Route 11 Langcliffe Scar and Malham
Route 12 Tan Hill
Route 13 Wensleydale, Mallerstang and Tan Hill
Route 14 Richmond
Route 15 Lune Valley and Barbondale
Route 16 Circuit of the Howgill Fells
Route 17 Barbondale and Holme Open Farm
Route 18 The Big Cheese
Route 19 Semerwater
Route 20 Coverdale and Langstrothdale Chase
Link Route Northallerton to Leyburn
Route 21 Swaledale and The Fleak
Route 22 Aysgarth Falls
Route 23 Jervaulx Abbey and Middleham
Tour de France 2014
Route 24 Tour de France 2014 Stage 1: Leeds to Harrogate
La Vuelta a Dales
Stage 1 Settle to Pateley Bridge
Stage 2 Pateley Bridge to Leyburn
Stage 3 Leyburn to Hawes
Stage 4 Hawes to Muker
Stage 5 Muker to Sedbergh
Stage 6 Sedbergh to Settle
Appendix A Route summary table
Appendix B Useful contacts
Appendix C Campsites along the Vuelta a Dales
Appendix D Cycles on public transport
Appendix E Basic bike maintenance
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Harry Dowdell has loved cycling for as long as he can remember. His first cycle tour was around the North York Moors while still at school and he has since enjoyed touring in Ireland, France, Spain, Slovenia and Norway. He cycles regularly in Spain and at home in Yorkshire, where he pays the bills working as a fitness instructor.View Articles and Books by Harry Dowdell
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