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E R u T N e ADV E L I H W H T R O W S I . F L E S T I iN From winding country roads and steep, technical climbs, to forest tracks and family friendly cycle routes, Yorkshire offers something for riders of all ages and abilities. And now, thanks to the huge success of the Grand Départ and our very own international cycle race, the Tour de Yorkshire, more people than ever are enjoying our fantastic county on two wheels. If you’ve been inspired to join them, this guide will help you make the most of your time in the saddle. It features some of Yorkshire’s best cycle friendly accommodation, as well as pubs, cafes, restaurants, shops and more, where you’re guaranteed to be met with our famous Yorkshire welcome. Happy cycling! Sir Gary Verity Chief Executive, Welcome to Yorkshire Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries are thrilled to be supporting the Welcome to Yorkshire Cycling Guide. As part of the legacy of the Tour de France, Bike Libraries have been established across the county in a bid to give every child in Yorkshire access to a bike for free. We are passionate about getting the county cycling, so take a look inside this guide for some great ideas of where to ride, along with everything you need to know for a grand day out in Yorkshire on your bike. The Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries Team


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Offers everything you could possibly need on two wheels! Hire a bike from their wide selection, or bring your own kit and ride the challenging blue fort and more demanding red Paradise trails for an off-road adventure. Families can take a ride along the stunning green cliff family trail, offering 360-degree views of the National Park and beyond. Stage 1 Cycles A family run cycling hub located in Wensleydale at the heart of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. They offer affordable hire and repairs as well as supported bike tours around the National Parks. The guided cycle tours start from the shop in Askrigg and are a great way for anyone to explore the Dales. DALBY FOREST Dixon’s Hollow Bike Park with its northshore, ramps and jumps will keep bike-tricksters happy for hours, while the 21 mile red route and the black WorldCup-standard trail will set challenges for the hardcore mountain-bikers. A full day out awaits, on forest roads, grassy rides and purpose built single track trails, with plenty of picnic places on the way. Yorkshire Velo Tours

Designed for keen cyclists who want to challenge themselves by riding some of the best roads and climbs in Europe, Yorkshire Velo Tours offers fully supported road cycle tours. Try the toughest climbs in the UK as ridden by the pros of the Grand Départ and Tour de Yorkshire.

With skills courses and guided rides suitable for all the family, MTB Cycle Yorkshire can introduce you to the hidden delights of mountain biking in Yorkshire. The Core Skills course is perfect for beginners. Experienced cyclists might want to try out the Rocks, Drops n Jumps or Technical Terrain courses. They also offer bespoke ride and route planning. Gone Mountain Biking A family business in Pickering specialising in mountain biking and cycling holidays in North Yorkshire. Whether you’re on your own looking for some one-to-one MTB skills tuition or in a group looking for epic guided rides, holidays here are all about the personal touch. BIG BEAR BIKES

If you want to learn to mountain bike, develop your skills, or push your limits, the qualified instructors at Big Bear Bikes can help you. They can arrange family days, beginners, intermediate and advanced rides taking in some of the area’s best downhills and singletrack routes. Lost Earth Adventures Provide highly qualified and experienced instructors for every mountain bike adventure, whether it’s hitting the trails in Dalby Forest, learning new skills at Sutton Bank or taking in the beautiful scenery on natural trails. Offering skills courses, guiding and fun days out for all levels. Yorkshire Motorhomes HIRE AND SALES Explore Yorkshire in a six berth motorhome complete with a bike rack which will carry four bikes securely.

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FUN There’s lots of unique, safe and exciting cycling experiences available for families in Yorkshire – from adapted bikes to e-bikes, indoor circuits to muddy forest tracks – there’s something for everyone!

DALBY FOREST Discover over 8,000 acres of woodland at Dalby Forest, including play areas for children, family BBQ and picnic areas, adrenalin activities for thrill seekers and way-marked cycling trails for all abilities. Burn off energy on the miles of cycle trails or cycle skills development areas. The Ellerburn Trail takes beginners, families and adaptive bike users into the heart of the forest on a specially designed route, but once you’ve got the biking bug there’s plenty more to get your wheels into. Dalby Activity Centre provides activities including paintballing, archery and more, while brave little monkeys will love the GoApe! tree top junior high ropes and zip wires amongst the trees, or Forest Segways for fun on the ground. Top to bottom: Cycling in Dalby Forest York Sport Village. Cycling for all ages.

YORK SPORT VILLAGE Cycling facilities open to all, and suitable for all abilities. From professionals to families looking for fun, their extensive programme caters to all. The 1km floodlit Outdoor Cycle Circuit provides a safe, trafficfree environment for everyone to enjoy - even after the sun goes down! The latest addition to York Sport’s cycling facilities is an Olympic size 250m outdoor velodrome unique to the North of England. The tarmac track has 30 degree banking at each end and provides a unique cycling experience.

YORKSHIRE BIKE HUBS Yorkshire Bike Hubs are bringing communities across the county together through cycling. Fancy getting out and getting active? Visit your local bike hub and meet other like-minded individuals looking to socialise and cycle. Providing a central point for all things cycling, come and learn bike maintenance skills, discover new cycling routes or just find somewhere safe and secure to leave your bike, all for free! Go to www.yorkshirebikehubs.co.uk to find out more.

ALLRIDE Allride is a scheme aimed at people with disabilities, their families and their carers offering adapted bikes for safe cycling along the North Promenade of Bridlington, as well as fun organised rides. Find out more at www.eastriding.gov.uk/foreshores

WE:CYCLE If you fancy experiencing the tough part of the Pennines in Calderdale, but aren’t sure you’re legs are quite up to the challenge, we:cycle offer top-ofthe-range electric-assisted bikes to make climbing the hills out of the valley surprisingly easy. You really can go further and explore quieter spots on an e-bike! For more information call 01422 842121 or e-mail info@wecycle.org.uk.


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Eden House, Pickering

Alders Caravan Park, near York

Four star silver rated B&B, serving award winning breakfasts. Owners Andy and Emma are keen cyclists and can provide information about routes in the area for all abilities. Nearby Dalby Forest is home to many road, track and off-road cycle routes and is famous for its mountain biking in particular.

Perfectly placed to explore the North Yorkshire countryside on two wheels, with a range of cycle routes nearby. The caravan park provides a peaceful setting in the midst of a working farm, with options for caravans, tents and camping pods. There is also safe cycle storage, a bike wash down area and laundry facilities.

Swinton Park, Ripon Located at the heart of the Swinton Estate, mountain bikes and electric bikes are available for hire, and rucksack picnics can be made to order. Best of all, you can look forward to the creature comforts of a luxury hotel on your return –indulge in afternoon tea or a relaxing spa treatment. Forest Holidays The two Forest Holiday sites in North Yorkshire, Cropton Cabins and Keldy Cabins, provide a playground for adventure-seekers, with fantastic terrain for off-road cycling. Families can enjoy gentle trails, or for adventure seekers there are exhilarating, mud-spattered routes. Both locations offer bike hire, and the teams are happy to advise on the best trails to take. Monkbridge Court, York Award-winning self-catering apartments close to the centre of York. With secure on-site cycle storage, the apartments are smart, stylish and luxuriously furnished.

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The Coach House at Middleton Lodge Located in the foothills of the North York Moors, this country estate retreat is the ideal luxury stop over for cyclists. Facilities include bike storage, washing facilities, route maps, hire service and transfers for groups. Tired cyclists can even finish their day with a muscle relaxing massage from the indulgent treatment rooms! Dales Bike Centre, Reeth A hub for road cycling and mountain biking, it offers clean and cosy two and four bedded bunk rooms, with breakfast, kitchenette free wi-fi – and best of all, 24 hour cake access! Muddy bikes and boots are welcome, and the on-site bike wash, bike storage, drying room and laundry room all come in handy. Eleven Westgate, Pickering A four star, silver rated B&B operated by Gone Mountain Biking - a family business specialising in cycling holidays. Whether you’re on your own looking for some one-to-one MTB skills coaching, or in a group looking for epic guided rides, holidays here are all about the personal touch. York Holiday & Cycle Stop, near York Perfectly located to enjoy the pristine countryside just outside the historic city of York. Relax in cosy glamping pods and enjoy comfortable and peaceful accommodation. There are secure cycle storage containers at each pod, and a cycle wash area. Stone House Hotel, Hawes A classic country house hotel offering guided or self-guided rides on a variety of routes around the Dales. Their bike barn offers safe storage, a power wash, tools, maintenance equipment, lockers and drying cabinet. Electric bikes are available to rent perfect for Buttertubs Pass on the doorstep! Bring your bike and your pet – dogs are welcome here. Highfield Farm, Yorkshire Wolds Located on the Way of the Roses cycle route and surrounded by amazing cycling country, Highfield Farm offers secure bike storage, drying facilities, a comfortable lounge and a welcoming sweet treat the perfect rest stop after a hard day in the saddle!


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The Met Hotel, Leeds Urban explorers will love The Met, in the heart of Leeds city centre with secure facilities for guests to store their bikes. Newlands Holiday Cottages, Scarborough Located between Scarborough and Whitby, these homely cottages offer a lockable shed for bike storage, free wifi and a sunny secluded courtyard and garden, plus a hot tub boasting views over glorious countryside towards the sea. There are also two lovely pubs within walking distance – perfect! Park Bottom B&B, Litton, Skipton Owned by keen cyclists Phillip and Jane, Park Bottom is situated in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, just a few miles from the Pennine Way, the Yorkshire Three Peaks and Stage 1 of the 2014 Grand Départ. Secure bike storage, a hose and drying room are available. The Coniston Hotel, near Skipton This luxurious hotel sits with the grounds of a 1,400 acre estate, with its own cycling trails, as well as the many marvellous trails to be found within minutes of the hotel such as Settle, Malham and Ingleton. Guided rides can be arranged. Malham YHA If you’re looking for accommodation on the Pennine Way, you’ll love this comfortable hostel in the heart of this beautiful Dales village. The famous Malham Cove and Gordale Scar are a short walk away. All your needs are met, with secure lock up in a specially built bike shed, tool station, plus drying room with racks, hangers and a bike cleaning area.

Clockwise from top: Swinton Park. York Cycle Stop. Forest Holidays. Middleton Lodge.


STAGE 1 : FRIDAY 29 APRIL Beverley - Settle

STAGE 2 : SATURDAY 30 APRIL Otley - Doncaster

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Clockwise from top: Cycling through Dalby Forest. Family cycling in East Yorkshire. Hire a bike and complete the Way of the Roses cycle route. Get the right kit for the right route.


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Ride Free, near york Great value bicycle hire, delivered where you want it! The entire family are catered for, with child seats, trailers, tagalongs and junior bikes available. Your bikes will be delivered and collected from your chosen location, and come with helmets, locks, repair kit and local area map in a backpack. A mobile mechanic service is also available. Yorkshire Bike Hire Bikes are delivered direct to you anywhere in North Yorkshire, whether you need mountain bikes, road bikes, or even e-bikes. Adults and children are all catered for, and if you’d like a bit of expert advice, guided tours are available with helpful guide Rob, who can show you all the best routes in the area. Dalby Bike Barn Dalby Bike Barn have everything you could need. Whether you’re looking for a gentle family ride around the forest trails, a road ride around the 10km scenic tarmac road or something a bit more adventurous, Dalby Bike Barn can sort out the right bike for all the family.

Bike & Go and Cyclepoint, Leeds Train Station Hire a bike for a daily fixed rental charge of just £3.80. A flexible, affordable and simple way to explore Leeds. There are plenty of cycle stands in the city centre, making exploring easy. If you arrive in Leeds on wheels but want to explore on foot, pop to the UKs first CyclePoint, offering secure and fully staffed storage for over 300 bicycles, as well as maintenance and repair services. Off the Rails, Settle Hire a mountain bike or hybrid bike and take yourself on a self-guided ride around the stunning Yorkshire Dales. There are plenty of bike routes to choose from, whether you’re an experienced mountain biker and outdoor enthusiast or if you want something more family orientated. Stage 1 Cycles, Hawes There’s no better way to explore the Yorkshire Dales than on a bike. With Stage 1 Cycles, you’ll be riding in this fantastic setting in no time at all. With advice on routes, supported bike tours, electric bikes, trailers and

junior bikes on offer, you’ll have everything you need to get out on two wheels. Don’t let your faithful friend miss out either with a specialist dog trailer also available for hire! Keldy Cycle Hire, Pickering Situated in the heart of Cropton Forest, at Keldy Forest Cabins. With way marked trails from two miles up to 17 miles and for all levels of ability, there’s plenty of choice for everyone. Bikes available include child bikes, tagalongs, trailers and child seats. Trailways Cycle Hire, Whitby You can find Trailways between Whitby and Robin Hood's Bay, sitting alongside the Cindertrack Trail and conveniently located on the Moor 2 Sea route. It offers a 100+ fleet of hire bikes for all ages and abilities‚ including mountain bikes, hybrids, baby seats, buggies, tag-alongs, child seats and tandems. Bike About Filey Offering a wide range of different bikes to hire for all ages, sizes, abilities and terrains. Bikes can be delivered and collected within a 5 mile radius of Filey. If you’ve brought your own bikes on holiday, the mobile workshop with Cytech-qualified mechanic can come out to visit you if you have any problems! Let’s Bike, Scarborough Offering guided rides and bike hire, this family run business was born out of the owner’s passion for on and off-road biking. After 12 years riding experience, they have a wealth of knowledge of the best trails and many excellent watering holes along the way. Bikes can be dropped off at your accommodation and picked up when you have finished - you don’t even have to clean it afterwards!

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The UK's largest stockist of tandem bikes in the UK. Visit the shop and try before you buy with a day’s hire! You’ll be taught all the techniques and skills needed to tandem ride, and will receive the tandem, route guides and a rack pack to carry your personal belongings.

A large, friendly and expert independent bike shop. Over 150 bikes in stock - all available for test riding, as well as a large range of clothing, parts and accessories from all the best cycling brands.

Escape Bike Shop, near ingleton Based on the doorstep of the Dales, the team are dedicated to providing the very best service. Stocking the best brands available for the most discerning rider who demands quality and style, while also offering experienced advice to new riders. All Terrain Cycles, wetherby The UK’s largest and oldest independent bike store. All Terrain Cycles’ 9,000sq ft megastore, just 20 minutes from Harrogate, offers Yorkshire’s largest selection of bikes and accessories for beginners and enthusiasts as well as providing a fleet of road bikes and hybrids for hire. Ilkley Cycles Founded in 1990, Ilkley Cycles (formerly JD Cycles) provides a friendly welcoming environment to seek information, access great products and have your bike professionally maintained, while enjoying a coffee or bite to eat at the in house cafe.

Pennine Cycles, Bradford Stock world renowned bicycle brands and even make their own Pennine framesets. This independent retailer has cycling at its heart, and offers a personal and typically friendly Yorkshire welcome. Cyclesense, tadcaster Stocks a tremendous range of bikes, from road to mountain, sports-hybrids to touring. Brands include Giant, Cube, KOGA, Van Nicholas and Ridgeback. Specialized Concept Store, harrogate Offering the very best leading brands, with over 200 bikes in stock from children’s bikes to Championship winning race machines. The store has three qualified BG fit technicians, plus a wide range of Body Geometry products, such as saddles, shoes and innersoles. Wheelspin Cycles, Huddersfield Stock top quality products, as well as offering a comprehensive cycle repair service. From the simplest of adjustments to a complete strip and rebuild, the experienced mechanics will have your bike back on the road (or trail) in no time.


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Clockwise from top: Two riders on the Pennine Bridleway. Taking a break at Langsett Reservoir. Cycling in the Dales.

Langsett Cycles, near Sheffield Langsett Cycles is one of the oldest cycle shops in the country. It began trading around 1890 and has been an integral part of the Yorkshire cycling community ever since. It has been awarded the status of Shimano service centre, and boasts a fully equipped workshop with fully trained CYTECH mechanics. Northern Ride, Malton Stocking carefully selected specialist brands from entry level through to elite level models, with an aim to provide access to cycling for all abilities. The on-site workshop is run by talented mechanics, ensuring any repairs and servicing are completed to the highest standard. EDS Bikes, Snainton Small cycle shop specialising in steel, titanium, singlespeed, fixed gear and fatbikes. All makes of bike can be serviced and maintained in-house by the team of qualified staff. Based at the foot of the North York Moors and Dalby Forest, the local team offer fully-qualified guided rides and skills days. Kendell Cycles, castleford Based in the heart of West Yorkshire. Pay a visit to browse through their range of bikes from famous names like Giant, GT, Bianchi, Mongoose and Raleigh. Kendell supply a broad range of cycling parts and accessories, and also offer repair and service facilities, as well as building wheels, frames and complete bespoke bikes.


Spurn Point Starting from the village of Easington, this is a 'there and back' route through Kilnsea along the Spurn Peninsula to the wild and rugged Spurn Point, the end of Yorkshire. A flat 14 mile route on quiet roads with refreshments at Kilnsea and the visitor's centre at Spurn Point.

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Seaside exploring Enjoy a pleasant three mile ‘there and back’ ride from Bridlington to Sewerby Hall along the promenades and cliff top route. An off-road ride for all the family, boasting lovely cafes and great views of Flamborough Head along the route. Stop off to enjoy the zoo, playground, cafe and activities at Sewerby Hall.

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Sutton Bank

Head out from Sutton Bank National Park Centre, high on the moorland road above Thirsk. A specially built 4.5-kilometre family cycle trail takes you out along Sutton Bank cliff – a thousand feet up, with thrilling views from every angle. The trail links into many more marked routes, suitable for all abilities, taking in quiet country lanes and wild open moorland. Great for families or those new to cycling.

Calder Valley Greenway While Calderdale has notoriously hilly terrain, it does offer excellent riding for families. The Calder Valley Greenway (part of National Cycle Network Route 66) is a flat cycle route that follows the valley floor from Walsden to Brighouse. The route runs along the canal towpath with off road tarmac sections, quiet roads and woodland trails. It also passes through a number of towns, providing an ideal cafe or ice cream stop.

The former railway line has been developed into a trafficfree path, with the Grade 2 listed, seven-arch Nidd Gorge Viaduct forming a magnificent backdrop. The Greenway links into the existing cycle network taking you to Knaresborough, Starbeck and Harrogate, as well as providing a gateway to various fantastic National Trust sites and the World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey, on NCN Route 67.

Rother Valley Country Park Covering 740 acres, the park has BBQ spaces, play area, fishing, bird watching, model boating, and of course, cycling. The park is criss-crossed with many paths, bridle ways and National Cycle Networks perfect for exploring. There are also accessible cycles, wheelchair and mobility scooters available.

Pugneys Country Park and Anglers Country Park Pugneys Country Park in Wakefield boasts a fantastic water sports centre offering sailing, windsurfing, kayaking or canoeing. There’s also a safe, off road cycle route around the lake, so you can enjoy a bike ride whilst watching the activity on the water. Or why not try nearby Anglers Country Park, centred around a beautiful lake, with nature reserve and woodland. There is a two mile lakeside cycle route connecting with the Trans Pennine Trail. Bike hire is available at both sites.

Cycle the Solar System Little explorers can cycle and learn with the Solar Way route. Located between York and Selby, on the NCN Route 65, this scale model of the Solar System is spread out along 6.4 miles of the old East Coast Mainline railway. Along it you can find scale models of all the planets in our solar system as well as models of spacecrafts.

Spen Valley Greenway This eight mile surfaced off-road cycling route follows a disused railway track between Cleckheaton, Dewsbury and Heckmondwike, eventually linking to Bradford. You’ll also find numerous examples of public art along the way, including a flock of Swaledale sheep constructed from recycled industrial scrap!


Clockwise from top left: Beautiful scenery around Malham Tarn. The New Ellerburn Trail. Family cycling days out in East Yorkshire © VHEY. Taking a slow tour of Yorkshire with Sustrans.

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Huddersfield Narrow Canal Cycle the towpath from Huddersfield to Marsden, and finish with a family visit to Standedge Tunnel the longest canal tunnel in Britain. Enjoy a guided boat trip, stop for a bite to eat in the cafe, and let kids jump, climb and explore the playground and wildlife garden.

Aire Valley Greenway Much of the towpath of the historic canal has been upgraded to allow cycle use. The journey out from cosmopolitan Leeds takes you along a wonderful green corridor, giving easy cycling, and linking some great attractions such as Kirkstall Abbey, Armley Mills Industrial Museum, the World Heritage Site of Saltaire, plus the picturesque East Riddlesden Hall. See National Cycle Network Routes 66 and 69.

Malham Tarn

The Slow Tour of Yorkshire is a guide to 21 of the best cycle routes across Yorkshire on the National Cycle Network. Routes are suitable for most abilities, with distances of between 10 and 20 miles on traffic-free or quiet lanes. They are mainly flat, but adventurous children can try out the ‘starter’ hills on the two Yorkshire Dales routes. Each route is easily reached by public transport, with bike hire available near the start. Visit www.sustrans.org.uk/ slowtourofyorkshire to find out more.

A family friendly 7km loop on good tracks and very quiet minor roads. This outstanding area of limestone pavements, upland hill farms and flower rich hay meadows provides a marvellous setting for cycling and enjoying the great outdoors. The waymarked ride takes you through the heart of the wonderful Malham Tarn National Nature Reserve.


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Pennine Bridleway This 205 mile long trail weaves through the Pennine Hills using a mix of ancient packhorse tracks and newly created bridleways. The whole trail is available for mountain bikers and is well signposted through stunning scenery. The Yorkshire Dales section begins at the southern end of the National Park in Long Preston. It takes in the market town of Settle, where there is an optional ten mile loop towards Malham Tarn with great views and challenging climbs, before heading northwards past Ingleborough.

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Explore the rolling countryside of the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on back-roads and country lanes that show you a hidden side of North Yorkshire. Starting from the market town – and food-lovers’ centre – of Malton, or from majestic Castle Howard, five routes fan out around the district, following undulating road and mountain bike routes through pretty-asa-picture villages, estate parklands, shady woodlands and riverside meadows.


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Clockwise from left: Cycling in Reeth Low Moor, Swaledale, North Yorkshire © Dales Bike Centre. Taking on Buttertubs © Russell Burton. Take a ride past Castle Howard.

Cinder Track Enjoy 21 miles of off-road freedom along the Cinder Track, the old railway line between Scarborough and Whitby. It’s fairly level cycling for the most part, heading past smugglers’ haunts, hidden beaches and hideaway hamlets – perfect if you've always wanted to be in the Famous Five. Climb down through the woods at Hayburn Wyke to go rock-hopping on giant beach boulders, then investigate the coastal town of Ravenscar before zooming over a 120-foot-high viaduct and ending in historic Whitby, where Dracula and Captain Cook await.

www.northyorkmoors.org.uk MOUNTAIN BIKING IN The Yorkshire Dales One of the best areas in the country for cross-country mountain biking, with over 900km of bridleways, byways and tracks. Enjoy a mix of old Roman roads, drovers, miners tracks and historic pack pony routes. The terrain means that nearly everything is cyclable although you will need to be pretty fit to get up all the tracks.

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CLIMBS IN The Yorkshire Dales The Yorkshire Dales is justifiably famous for having many of the country’s most famous cycle climbs – Fleet Moss, Buttertubs Pass, Tan Hill – to name just three. There are a huge number of routes to link up the climbs and make up superb circuits.

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YORKSHIRE WOLDS CYCLE ROUTE Distance: 235km (146 miles)

BRANSDALE LOOP Distance: 44km (26.5 miles)

A well-signed circular route that takes in the beautiful rolling hills, dramatic coastline, grand country houses, nature reserves and historic priories of the Yorkshire Wolds.

Explore the ‘lost dale’ of Bransdale on a single road that loops around its flanking moors, offering a mix of quiet road riding and fabulous valley views.

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THE TRANS PENNINE TRAIL Total trail distance: 596km (370 miles)

WALNEY TO WHITBY Distance: 288km (179 miles)

This trail is mostly off-road and largely purpose-built. As well as passing through many urban areas the trail takes in beautiful countryside, villages, castles, abbeys, minsters, canals and railway heritage.

This coast to coast route takes you from Walney Island to Whitby. Reaching Yorkshire, you will follow National Route 165 to Whitby via the Esk Valley – this last 30 miles is not for the faint hearted!

www.transpenninetrail.org.uk MOOR TO SEA CYCLE TRAIL Distance: 150 miles (241km) 150 miles of pedal-powered freedom (this is the North York Moors National Park's flagship, long-distance bike route) connecting Scarborough, Whitby, Dalby Forest, Pickering and Great Ayton in a stunning series of moorland, forest and coastal loops – pedalling on quiet roads, woodland tracks and bridleways, as well as along the line of the former Scarborough to Whitby railway (the Cinder Track).

www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/ cycling

www.cyclingw2w.info WAY OF THE ROSES Distance: 274km (170 miles) Starting in Lancashire, the majority of this coast to coast route is in Yorkshire and showcases the best that Northern England has to offer, from rich cultural heritage to stunning natural beauty.

www.wayoftheroses.info YORKSHIRE DALES CYCLEWAY Distance: 209km (130 miles) A challenging 130 mile ride through the stunning countryside which featured in the 2014 Grand Départ. Plenty of pubs, cafes, and places to stay en route.

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CYCLE THE SCENERYI Cycling touring is a great way tos discover Yorkshire, travelling longers distances and enjoying more ofs the stunning landscapes ands breathtaking surroundings.s Clockwise from top left: Burnsall on the Yorkshire Dales Cycleway. The Way of the Roses. Roseberry Topping. Cycling through the Dales. Trans Pennine Trail.


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High Paradise Farm Located four miles from the visitor centre at the top of Sutton Bank, High Paradise Farm tearooms are the perfect pit stop for cyclists. This traditional moorland farmhouse also a offers holiday cottages, B&B, bunkbarn and camping, for those looking for a rural retreat. The Bridge at Holmbridge A relaxing gastro pub with views of Holme Moss, serving delicious fresh home cooked food. With its own on-site brewery, you’re sure to find a tipple to tickle your fancy! Lock up your bike on the cycle racks outside, and enjoy a pit stop (we hear beer counts as fuel, after all). G&T’s Ice Cream Parlour, Ripon Situated on the Ripon to Pateley Bridge Road, close to Fountains Abbey and Brimham Rocks in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Stop off mid-ride for a refreshing icecream, with flavours including Rhubarb and Custard, New York cheesecake and G&T sorbet…delicious! Fuel Station Café @ Ilkley Cycles Top to bottom: Ling Gill Bridge © Mark Allum. Cycling through Swaledale looking down to the Dales Bike Centre.

Situated on a popular cycling route for those travelling to the heart of the Yorkshire Dales and at the foot of Ilkley Moor, the Fuel Station Café offers a great place to visit for replenishing those depleted reserves or simply to enjoy a little treat! The Curious Table, Easingwold This award winning café is famed for its quality food, cake and coffee, and is a popular stop off point for cyclists in need of a recharge. Sitting in the market square of the beautiful town of Easingwold, healthy food options are available, but it would be a shame to miss the fabulous homemade brownies! Yorks Tearoom, Thirsk A great place for cyclists to rest and refuel! Discover a range of tasty treats, alongside cycling inspired gifts and emergency spares. Borrow a lock to keep your bike safe while you eat, and check out the memorabilia wall dedicated to cycling. Bicis Y Mas, York A delicious vegetarian café – plus utilitarian bike shop and workshop. If you’re looking for a friendly place to relax mid-ride, this is just the trick. With vegan and gluten free cakes made in house, vegetarian breakfasts and tapas style lunches, the menu has something for everyone - even non-veggies will love it.

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Clockwise from top left: The Curious Table in Easingwold. Tipple Tails Total Fruit Cake. Dales Bike Centre in Reeth. Yorks of Thirsk. Dave from Happy Days Cycles. Cycling in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.


Your Bike Shed, York

Seaways Café, Fridaythorpe

Your Bike Shed is an exciting place where cycling and café culture meet in one relaxed and friendly environment. Get your bike fixed or serviced, pick up a spare part or simply hang out with like-minded people and share your experiences in a sociable setting.

Family run cafe open seven days a week. Welcoming all travelers, on two or four wheels! Serving delicious homemade food to keep you going.

The Firebox Cafe @ Stage 1 Cycles, Hawes Located at the National Park Centre at Hawes, the new Firebox Café forms part of Stage 1 Cycles, offering quality cycling services such as bikes sales, hire, repairs, spares and tours alongside an integrated contemporary cafe. Dales Bike Centre, Reeth A perfect Yorkshire Dales pitstop! Dales Bike Centre have a real passion for cycling, as well as good food. From their famous bacon sandwich to a scrumptious chocolate brownie there’s lots to choose from. Dales Bike Centre offers a complete service with bike hire and sales, courses, repairs, and high quality bunkhouse accommodation. Dutch House, Crayke Located between York and the North York Moors National Park, Dutch House offers the unique opportunity to enjoy nature, art, wildlife, organic produce and delicious food in a stunning rural setting. The continental café is set in a 1.6 acre wildlife garden, alongside the Kunsthuis Gallery. Bike racks are available – stop off, refuel and immerse yourself in this relaxing and creative environment. Pop it in your pack! Tipple Tails Total Fruit Cake is the perfect energy boost, developed by Yorkshire lass Jane Stammers specifically with cyclists in mind. Bursting with dates, apricots, nuts and vine fruits, as well as honey and tea, this delicious moist cake is perfect for when you need that extra oomph! Buy online at www.reallygreatfruitcake.co.uk

Kings Head Inn, Newton under Roseberry A popular spot with walkers and cyclists, you don’t have to have scaled the nearby Roseberry Topping to deserve a well-earned glass of Yorkshire’s finest and the chance to enjoy superb home-cooked food. Happy Days Cycles, Sowerby Bridge A unique cycle shop and cafe using profits to help support homeless people around Halifax and Calderdale. Happy Days are committed to preventing and relieving poverty for homeless and vulnerable people, and aim to inspire a love for cycling providing purpose, opportunity and empowerment to those in need. Zarina’s tearoom, Kettlewell Zarina’s has been voted number one café by Skipton Cycling Club, as well as being named “best coffee and cake stop” by The Wharfedale Wheelers – that’s enough for us! Lockton Tea Rooms Located in the North York Moors National Park, a hop skip and a jump from Dalby Forest, serving freshly prepared food, traditional home baking, delicious cream teas and refreshing drinks. There is also an on-site gallery for art enthusiasts. Chequers Inn, Ledsham A traditional country pub serving homemade food and real ales - ideally located for cyclists with access to local cycle routes and in close proximity to stages 1 and 2 of the Tour de Yorkshire 2016. Welcoming all on two wheels, providing free water bottle refills, puncture repair kits and a picturesque beer garden.

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What could be a better legacy from the Tour de France than more children riding bikes? The Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries are just over a year old but in that short time they have already delivered over 9,000 opportunities to cycle, via skills sessions, safety training, or a leisurely family ride, giving access to bikes for children who might not have one of their own.

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The scheme was set up by Cycle Yorkshire and is supported by Yorkshire Bank which provide grants to social enterprise groups. Every Library is different but they all have one aim: offer every child in Yorkshire access to a bike. The scheme was an instant success but we couldn’t have done it without the support of Yorkshire’s cycling family who have donated over 2,500 bikes, which had, until then, sat unloved in sheds and garages across the county. The variety of activities run by the Libraries is huge and there are sessions for all types of cyclist, from nervous teenagers learning to ride to excited primary school children receiving a bike that fits. Quite often a family will donate a bike that’s too small and simply swap it for a new one. In inner city areas, children the Libraries reach out to live in flats, and so they simply don’t have anywhere to store a bike. In those cases, access to a bike stored at the Library is the only chance they have to discover the freedom of two wheels. Many of the Libraries offer led rides for families who wouldn’t normally be able to cycle together (perhaps one of them doesn’t own a bike), or involving family members who need a little extra encouragement. There are currently 22 Bike Libraries and with more to come, they always need new bikes, no matter what condition they’re in. Even the most unloved bike can be brought back to life, and really damaged ones are often used for parts or training mechanics. We do receive a lot of bikes which are in perfect condition and these go straight out to Libraries for a safety check then straight to a child. If you would consider donating an old bike, please have a look at the website where you can find a map and list of all Donation Stations.

Visit the website to see what your local Library has to offer.

www.bikelibraries.co.uk

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REDCAR

A67

RICHMOND REETH

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SEDBERGH DENT

HAWES

STAITHES

GUISBOROUGH

YARM

A66

BOWES

YORKSHIRE DALES

SALTBURN

MIDDLESBROUGH

BARNARD CASTLE

A1

WHITBY

A171

DANBY

A172

NORTH YORK MOORS

LEYBURN

A684

A170

PICKERING

HELMSLEY

THIRSK

KIRKBY LONSDALE

A169 SCARBOROUGH

SUTTON BANK MASHAM

SEAMER

FILEY

HORTON-IN-RIBBLESDALE INGLETON SETTLE

RIPON

GRASSINGTON MALHAM

A59

SKIPTON

A64

A65

DRIFFIELD

YORK

WETHERBY

A658

SALTAIRE

A64

LEEDS

BRADFORD

A614 HORNSEA

BEVERLEY

A19 SELBY

A164

A63

HEBDEN BRIDGE

A63

HULL

HUMBER BRIDGE

HALIFAX TODMORDEN

PONTEFRACT

MIRFIELD HUDDERSFIELD HOLMFIRTH

For more information please contact: Welcome to Yorkshire Dry Sand Foundry, Foundry Square, Holbeck, Leeds LS11 5DL 0113 322 3500 info@yorkshire.com www.yorkshire.com

How to get here For more travel information go to www.yorkshire.com/travel Yorkshire By Rail You can get to Yorkshire by train from the North West with First TransPennine Express, who offer direct services into the county from Liverpool and Manchester. Northern Rail also offer direct services to Yorkshire from the North West. Yorkshire’s cities and market towns are also easy to get to from other parts of the country. Travel to Yorkshire with high-speed trains from either London or Edinburgh in less than two hours with Virgin Trains and Grand Central services.

A15

WAKEFIELD

SCUNTHORPE

A1

BARNSLEY

FLAMBOROUGH HEAD

BRIDLINGTON

A166

A1079

OTLEY

KEIGHLEY HAWORTH

MALTON

KNARESBOROUGH

HARROGATE

ILKLEY

A629

A165

A19

PATELEY BRIDGE

N

ROBIN HOOD’S BAY

OSMOTHERLEY

NORTHALLERTON

DONCASTER

WITHERNSEA

A180 GRIMSBY CLEETHORPES

BRIGG

A18

PEAK ROTHERHAM DISTRICT A57

SHEFFIELD

KEY Motorways

Heritage Coasts

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Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Rail Routes

National Parks

Airports

Ferryport

YORKSHIRE BY SEA Ferry services to Hull and Newcastle link Yorkshire with Holland, Belgium and Germany. P&O Ferries operate overnight services to Hull from Rotterdam and Zeebrugge. YORKSHIRE BY ROAD Britain’s biggest and fastest highways cross Yorkshire from north to south and east to west, making getting here by car or by coach very simple. For details of the quickest (or the most scenic) driving routes see the AA or RAC websites www.theaa.com and www.rac.co.uk YORKSHIRE BY AIR Fly to Doncaster Sheffield Airport with Flybe, Welcome to Yorkshire’s official airport partner and airline, or to Humberside Airport or Durham Tees Valley Airport. Leeds Bradford International Airport is our busiest air gateway, with flights from Aberdeen, Belfast, Bristol, Exeter, Edinburgh, Glasgow, the Isle of Man, London Gatwick, Newquay, Plymouth and Southampton.


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