Cycling in the Yorkshire Dales describes 23 day rides, a 6-stage 305km cycle tour and Stage 1 of the 2014 Tour de France. The routes are graded by distance, climb and overall gradient, all suitable for road bikes and illustrated with maps and profiles. The Dales offer varied cycling, an extensive road network and many cycle-friendly cafés.
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In 23 day rides, a six-stage 310km (203 miles) 'Vuelta a Dales' (based on the Yorkshire Dales Cycleway) and a 206km tour that follows the 2014 Tour de France Grand Départ, this guidebook features varied cycling routes throughout the Yorkshire Dales.
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.
Stage 1 of the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart is just over 200km long, including some steep climbs and descents. It is described in the book in full, but can also be made into a slightly shorter circular route starting in Harrogate, joining the route in Wharfedale and avoiding the urban section in Leeds.
All of routes describes in the book are graded for difficulty as short, medium and long (referring to cycling time) and moderate, hard and challenging (based on the ratio of total climb to overall distance).
The nature of the terrain means there are no easy rides in the Dales, so the routes require certain levels of experience and fitness. With the exception of two, which include very short unsurfaced sections, all routes are on road. Racing, touring and hybrid bikes are fine for the rides described, with the exception of the Vuelta for which a more robust touring or hybrid bike may prove to be a better luggage carrier.
Cycle Hire - Appendix B
Nidderdale Cycles - www.nidderdalecycles.co.uk
|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|