Welcome to Yorkshire, God’s own cycling country! With the Dales, the North York Moors and the North Pennines all offering some of the best riding in the country, don’t miss this part of the world.
The Dales are one of our favorite places to ride, an absolute must. Famous climbs like Fleet Moss, Tan Hill, Buttertubs and Park Rash are mixed with a landscape full of biodiversity and intense beauty. There is no better place in the world to cycle.
Base yourself at Hawes for the weekend, where there are camping, hostel and cottage options, and enjoy an amazing choice of routes. Hawes can be reached from Garsdale on the Settle-Carlisle Line. Reeth is also a great location for a weekend.
South from Hawes, on this ride you’ll immediately climb Fleet Moss, one of the toughest hills in England. Keep plenty in reserve as a ramps up. From there, you ride through the indescribably beautiful Langstrothdale and Littondale, climbing up under Pen-y-Ghent. Cafe stop after the descent, before or in Horton in Ribblesdale. You’ll pass the Ribblehead Viaduct on your return.
Heading north from Hawes, on this ride you’ll take in the highest pub in England at Tan Hill, alongside the infamous Buttertubs Pass, and in between the glory of upper Swaledale. Lunch in Reeth, at the Dales Bike Centre.
Skipton is also a great base, with a number of hotels and cottages available. It’s on a fast commuter rail line from Leeds, perhaps the easiest place to access in the Dales for a day trip and from London, with some direct trains.
On this ride from Skipton you’ll ride up the beautiful Wharfedale, and even though it’s an out and back it’s well worth it for the northern section! There, you will climb Park Rash and Fleet Moss in one ride – definitely something for the more experienced rider! Lunch in Hawes at old railway station.
This ride allows you to take in Fleet Moss as the principal climb, with lovely views on the outward leg through Ribblesdale up to the Ribblehead Viaduct, and then back along Wharfedale. Definitely the best way to see the Dales while limiting the climbing (yes, it’s still meaty!)
Settle is a fantastic spot for a day trip and easy to drive to from Manchester especially.
On this ride you’ll take in the best of the south western Dales including Littondale and Malham Tarn. You can extend the ride all the way up Littondale if you like to make it closer to 100k.
North York Moors and Yorkshire Wolds
The wide open spaces and heather of the North York Moors make for some great cycling, alongside classic killer climbs such as Rosedale Chimney Bank, best done in reverse! To the south, the Yorkshire Wolds and Howardian Hills offer rolling scenery and twisting limestone valleys.
Pickering is the best place to base yourself for a weekend with access to the Moors and the Wolds. Helmsley is also an option, with a well located hostel.
On this ride from Pickering you’ll climb up over the moors, riding down the infamous Rosedale Chimney Bank, and taking in some killer 33% ramps. Best done in August when the heather is in full bloom. Lunch in Danby.
On this ride you’ll find a different type of landscape in the Yorkshire Wolds, undulating limestone hills and deep, scenic valleys. You’ll ride past Castle Howard, and will find some of the friendliest people in the country to serve you cake wherever you chose to stop – welcome to the East Riding of Yorkshire!