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THIS GUIDE HAS BEEN CREATED TO GIVE YOU INSPIRATION AS YOU CYCLE ACROSS OUR BEAUTIFUL COUNTY. FROM ITS TRANQUIL NATIONAL PARKS TO ITS BUSTLING TOWNS AND VILLAGES, YORKSHIRE HAS IT ALL. A GLORIOUS TWO DAYS IN JULY 2014 SAW US TURN OUR DREAMS INTO REALITY WITH THE HOSTING OF ‘THE GRANDEST OF GRAND DÉPARTS’ OF THE TOUR DE FRANCE. SINCE THEN, YORKSHIRE HAS FULLY EMBRACED ALL THINGS CYCLING AND HAS CEMENTED ITS REPUTATION AS A WORLD-CLASS DESTINATION FOR RIDERS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. SIR GARY VERITY, WELCOME TO YORKSHIRE
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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. Clockwise from bottom left: The Tour de Yorkshire. Dalby Forest © NYMNPA. Cycling through the Pennines. Reeth Low Moor, Swaledale, North Yorkshire © Dales Bike Centre. Family fun in East Yorkshire. © VHEY.
Yorkshire is now widely regarded as the home of cycling within the UK and our county has everything a rider could wish for. If you’d prefer to watch the pros in action, the Tour de Yorkshire allows you to see the world’s best riders in action. We hosted ‘the Grandest of Grand Departs’ when the Tour de France visited the county back in 2014, and we’re proud to be hosting the UCI Road World Championships in 2019.
FOCUS ON DALBY FOREST
SPEND YOUR DAYS SPEEDING AROUND DALBY FOREST. THIS HEAVILY FORESTED AREA OF THE NORTH YORK MOORS NATIONAL PARK OFFERS OFF-ROAD BIKING TRAILS FOR ALL LEVELS FROM KIDS AND BEGINNERS UP TO PROFESSIONALS. IN 2010 AND 2011, THE FOREST HOSTED THE MOUNTAIN BIKE WORLD CUP. MUCH OF THE ORIGINAL ROUTE â€“ WITH STEEP, TECHNICAL CLIMBS AND WHITE-KNUCKLE DESCENTS, STILL REMAINS. AT THE OTHER END OF THE ADRENALINE SCALE IS THE FLATTER ELLERBURN TRAIL, PERFECT FOR THOSE WHO LIKE IT A LITTLE SLOWER. THE VARIETY OF TERRAIN AND THE BEAUTY OF THE FOREST IS ASTOUNDING: UP TWISTING SINGLETRACK TRAILS THROUGH SHADY WOODS, DOWN STEEP HILLSIDE SWITCHBACKS, ROUND HIGH BANKED CORNERS, OVER LITTLE JUMPS, AND LOTS OF LONG, DOWNHILL SECTIONS. WITH THE FIR TREES SURROUNDING YOU, IT COULD ALMOST BE THE FOOTHILLS OF THE ALPS. 09
SUTTON BANK CLIFF TRAIL Sutton Bank Cliff Trail is a three mile ‘green’ circular off road cycle trail. This trail follows the famous cliff edge where you can take in the breath taking views across the vales of Mowbray and York. Bike Hire is available from the National Park Centre along with trailers and tag-alongs for the younger family members.
THE MALHAM TARN FAMILY CYCLE TRAIL
FAMILY FRIENDLY ROUTES
A gentle 7km ride through Britain’s finest limestone scenery. A generally flat route along grass and gravel paths. The waymarked ride takes you through the heart of the wonderful Malham Tarn National Park.
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 crisscrossed with many paths, bridle ways and National Cycle Networks perfect for exploring.
SPURN POINT Starting from the village of Easington this ‘there and back’ route ventures through Kilnsea along the Spurn Peninsula to the wild rugged Spurn Point. This is a flat 14 mile route on quiet roads with refreshments at Kilnsea and the visitors’ centre at Spurn Point.
NIDDERDALE GREENWAY The former railway line has been developed into a traffic-free 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.
SEASIDE EXPLORING Enjoy a pleasant three mile 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.
CYCLE THE SOLAR SYSTEM A 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 models of all the planets.
HUDDERSFIELD NARROW CANAL Cycle the towpath from Huddersfield to Marsden and finish with a family visit to Standedge Tunnel â€“ the longest canal tunnel in Britain. Enjoy a guided boat trip and stop for a bite to eat in the cafĂŠ.
A59 Bolton Abbey
A657 Haworth Shipley
WEST YORKSHIRE ROUTE: LEEDS TO SKIPTON
Start Leeds 2
3 5 7
DISTANCE: 29.8 MILES (48KM) CLASSIFICATION: INTERMEDIATE START: LEEDS TRAIN STATION FINISH: CARLETON NEW RD, SKIPTON DURATION: 2 HOURS ROUTE NOTES STARTING OUT AT THE HOME OF THE 2014 GRAND DÉPART IN LEEDS, HEAD WEST ON NATIONAL CYCLE ROUTE 66 ALONG THE LEEDS AND LIVERPOOL CANAL. THE ROUTE CONTINUES TOWARDS CALVERLEY, PASSING KIRKSTALL ABBEY AND RODLEY BEFORE A STEADY INCLINE TOWARDS SHIPLEY. THE ROUTE WILL THEN ENTER BRONTË COUNTRY BEFORE GOING NORTH INTO SILSDEN AND CONONLEY. YOU WILL FINISH IN THE MARKET TOWN OF SKIPTON. MOST OF THIS RIDE IS TRAFFIC FREE FOLLOWING THE CANAL TOWPATH. TERRAIN AND GRADIENTS COUNTRY LANES WITH A STEADY INCLINE. DISCOVER MORE FANTASTIC CYCLING ROUTES IN YORKSHIRE WITH THE NEW INTERACTIVE MAP AT WWW.YORKSHIRE.COM. WHY NOT DOWNLOAD THEM AND TAKE THEM WITH YOU?
ALONG THE ROUTE: LEEDS TO SKIPTON
SALTS MILL SALTAIRE
BEAN LOVED SKIPTON
Set in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire, the Grade II Listed historic mill building was built in 1853 by Sir Titus Salt along with the village to house his workers. The 1853 Gallery at Salts Mill is home to one of the largest collections of David Hockneyâ€™s art.
This family run business situated in the heart of Skipton offers high quality espresso-based coffees. Their breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch menu is the perfect way to relax with your favourite newspaper and watch the world go by.
FIVE RISE LOCKS BINGLEY
BOLTON ABBEY NEAR SKIPTON
Situated about half a mile north of Bingley Station, the locks are the most spectacular feature of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. This unique 5-rise staircase has a total rise of 60 feet with fantastic views of the surrounding area from the top.
The surfaced paths along the riverside and through the ancient woodlands offer walks to suit all ages and abilities, all year round. Visitors are invited to explore the Priory Ruins and stepping stones, the beach area is the perfect spot to enjoy a picnic.
A638 A628 Hooton Pagnell
Bolton upon Dearne
SOUTH YORKSHIRE ROUTE: DONCASTER TO SHEFFIELD
DISTANCE: 30 MILES (48.5KM) CLASSIFICATION: INTERMEDIATE START: URBAN RD, DONCASTER FINISH: CHURCH ST, SHEFFIELD DURATION: 2 HOURS ROUTE NOTES STARTING OUT ON URBAN ROAD THE ROUTE FOLLOWS THE RIVER DON TOWARDS CONISBROUGH PASSING THROUGH SPOTBROUGH WEIR AND CONISBROUGH VIADUCT ALONG THE WAY. THE ROUTE WILL THEN PROGRESS ALONG THE RIVER THROUGH BOLTON UPON DEARNE AND THE OLD MOOR IN THE HEART OF DEARNE VALLEY NATURE RESERVE. THE ROUTE CONTINUES TO ELSECAR AND CHAPELTOWN BEFORE THE FINAL SECTION ALONG THE RIVER DON TAKES YOU INTO SHEFFIELD CITY CENTRE. TERRAIN AND GRADIENTS A MIXTURE OF COUNTRY LANES AND MAIN ROADS WITH SOME STEEP HILLS BETWEEN HARLINGTON AND TANKERSLEY. DISCOVER MORE FANTASTIC CYCLING ROUTES IN YORKSHIRE WITH THE NEW INTERACTIVE MAP AT WWW.YORKSHIRE.COM. WHY NOT DOWNLOAD THEM AND TAKE THEM WITH YOU? 17
ALONG THE ROUTE: DONCASTER TO SHEFFIELD
YORKSHIRE WILDLIFE PARK DONCASTER
CANNON HALL FARM BARNSLEY
Come face to face with some of the world’s most fascinating and endangered species at the awardwinning Yorkshire Wildlife Park. The UK’s number one walkthrough wildlife adventure park is home to one of the largest Polar reserves in the World.
A large, family run, farm attraction which is home to hundreds of animals. Set in in the rolling Pennine foothills it also boasts some of the best equipped playgrounds in the north of England as well as the largest tube maze in Europe.
CONISBROUGH CASTLE CONISBROUGH
TANKERSLEY MANOR NEAR BARNSLEY
One of the most important castles in the North of England; Conisbrough Castle is known for playing a key part in the War of the Roses. Today visitors can explore the three floors of the keep or search for the remains of the Inner Bailey Buildings in the beautiful castle ruins.
Situated in the quaint 17th century manor house near to the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales and Peak District. Tankersley Manor Luxury Hotel offers 98 bedrooms, a fantastic health club, spa and a contemporary bedroom wing.
FOCUS ON BRONTË COUNTRY
WHEN THE TOUR DE FRANCE STARTED IN YORKSHIRE IN 2014, THE PELOTON WOUND IT’S WAY INTO BRONTË COUNTRY AND INTO THE VILLAGE OF HAWORTH. THESE COBBLED STREETS ARE FAMOUS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, WITH THE CHALLENGING THOROUGHFARE HOME TO PERIOD FRONTED SHOPS AND CAFÉS. CYCLING IN THIS AREA OF YORKSHIRE IS INSPIRATIONAL. RIDE ACROSS THE HIGH MOORS, BE EXHAUSTED BY THE TOUGH ASCENTS AND THRILLED BY THE EXCITING DESCENTS. DISCOVER THE INCREDIBLE RIDE FROM HAWORTH TO HEBDEN BRIDGE WHERE AWESOME VIEWS NEVER END. NO CYCLING TOUR OF WEST YORKSHIRE WOULD BE COMPLETE WITHOUT CLIMBING THE FAMOUS CRAGG VALE INCLINE - THE LONGEST UNBROKEN ASCENT OF ANY ROAD IN ENGLAND. FROM THE VILLAGE OF MYTHOLMROYD, THE ROAD RISES 968 FEET TO OPEN MOORLAND. ENOUGH TO GIVE YOUR GEARS AND LUNGS A TOUGH WORKOUT. 20
EAST YORKSHIRE ROUTE: HULL TO DRIFFIELD DISTANCE: 32.4 MILES (52KM) CLASSIFICATION: INTERMEDIATE START: CARR LANE, HULL FINISH: BEVERLEY RD, DRIFFIELD DURATION: 2 HOURS ROUTE NOTES STARTING IN THE UK CITY OF CULTURE, THE ROUTE WILL SOON JOIN AN OFF ROAD PATH TAKING YOU THROUGH STONEFERRY AND WEST CARR WHERE YOU CROSS THE RIVER HULL. CONTINUE NORTH TOWARDS THE VILLAGE OF COTTINGHAM. NOW IN THE EAST RIDING OF YORKSHIRE YOU WILL TRAVEL NORTH TOWARDS BEVERLEY. A STEADY INCLINE UP A SERIES OF COUNTRY ROADS TAKES YOU INTO DRIFFIELD FINISHING WITH VIEWS OF THE RIVER HULL AND DRIFFIELD CANAL. TERRAIN AND GRADIENTS MAIN ROADS AND COUNTRY LANES. RELATIVELY FLAT ROUTE WITH SOME VARYING INCLINES FROM CHERRY BURTON TO DRIFFIELD. DISCOVER MORE FANTASTIC CYCLING ROUTES IN YORKSHIRE WITH THE NEW INTERACTIVE MAP AT WWW.YORKSHIRE.COM. 37 WHY NOT DOWNLOAD THEM AND TAKE THEM WITH YOU? 22
B1249 Hutton Cranswick
B1248 South Dalton Etton Cherry Burton
ALONG THE ROUTE: HULL TO DRIFFIELD
BURTON CONSTABLE HALL BURTON CONSTABLE
THE PIG AND WHISTLE BEVERLEY
The wonderful stately home of Burton Constable Hall is surrounded by 200 acres of beautiful parkland including lakes, meadows, and woods. The holiday park is a short stroll away offering a variety of cosy camping pods and touring caravans.
Described as a pint-sized neighbourhood bistro and charcuterie, this new addition to the market town of Beverley is bound to be a success when it opens its doors this year. Fine wines sit alongside a delicious treat of small dishes, cured meats and cheeses.
WILLIAM’S DEN NORTH CAVE
WHITE RABBIT CHOCOLATIERS BEVERLEY
A new and exciting adventure attraction, giving children the chance to connect with nature and get active as they explore a custom designed complex that brings the great outdoors inside. William’s Den is a place children can run wild and explore.
White Rabbit have been making and selling delicious artisan chocolates and delicious sweet treats for over a decade. Their handcrafted chocolates have so far earned them 15 Great Taste Awards, including a Top 50 Foods, and an Academy of Chocolate Award.
Start Mâ€™brough A174
Yarm A1044 A67
Over Silton A19
Felixkirk Helmsley Finish Thirsk A61
NORTH YORKSHIRE ROUTE: MIDDLESBROUGH TO THIRSK
North York Moors National Park
DISTANCE: 34.4 MILES (55.5KM) CLASSIFICATION: INTERMEDIATE START: ALBERT RD, MIDDLESBROUGH FINISH: STATION RD, THIRSK DURATION: 2 HOURS 20 MINUTES ROUTE NOTES THE ROUTE STARTS AT THE RAILWAY STATION IN MIDDLESBROUGH AND HEADS SOUTH THROUGH THE QUAINT VILLAGES OF THORNTON AND HUTTON RUDBY. ENJOY THE QUIET COUNTRY LANE ALONG THE COD BECK RESERVOIR CONTINUING ON THROUGH KEPWICK AND KIRBY KNOWLE TOWARDS SOUTH KILVINGTON BEFORE ARRIVING IN THE MARKET TOWN OF THIRSK AND CROSSING THE COD BECK RIVER. TERRAIN AND GRADIENTS QUIET COUNTRY LANES WITH A STEADY INCLINE TO OSMOTHERLEY. THIS IS A REWARDING RIDE WITH SOME INCREDIBLE SCENERY TO ENJOY AS YOU PASS THROUGH THE NORTH YORK MOORS. DISCOVER MORE FANTASTIC CYCLING ROUTES IN YORKSHIRE WITH THE NEW INTERACTIVE MAP AT WWW.YORKSHIRE.COM. WHY NOT DOWNLOAD THEM AND TAKE THEM WITH YOU?
ALONG THE ROUTE: MIDDLESBROUGH TO THIRSK
BAY HORSE IN HUTTON RUDBY HUTTON RUDBY
MIDDLETON COTTAGES YARM
Situated close to the A19, with Yarm, Stokesley and Great Ayton nearby, the Bay Horse has a reputation for serving one of the best Sunday lunches around. Itâ€™s a great place to stop off and refuel when out walking, cycling or rambling.
Enjoy the outdoors with a hint of luxury. These contemporary cottages set amongst fields include a log burner and under floor heating. The six cottages also come with private hot tubs, BBQs, garden seating, loungers and stunning views of the Cleveland Hills.
LORDSTONES COUNTRY PARK CARLTON BANK
RASCILLS RESTAURANT RASKELF
Set in the beautiful North York Moors National Park Lordstones offers a spacious, cosy and high quality glamping experience. Their bespoke jumbo camping pods are a real treat for all ages featuring double beds, wood burning stoves and a BBQ area.
Rascills is set within the very peaceful village of Raskelf, surrounded by green fields and the famous White Horse at Kilburn. The team are dedicated to looking after each and every visitor and have acquired many accolades including Yorkshire Life Restaurant of the Year.
DISCOVER INCREDIBLE LANDSCAPES AND PERFECT PLACES TO STAY. CREATE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE ON TWO WHEELS. GO FURTHER, SEE MORE, PUSH BOUNDARIES AND ALWAYS AIM FOR THE HORIZON. CYCLE PAST PERFECT PEAKS, GLITTERING SEAS AND FANTASTIC FORESTS. ENJOY THE RIDE.
CYCLING TOURS AND HOLIDAYS
IF YOU’D LIKE SOME HELP MAKING THE MOST OF CYCLING IN YORKSHIRE THERE ARE A NUMBER OF GREAT TOURING AND HOLIDAY COMPANIES THAT CAN MAKE SURE YOU GET THE BEST CYCLING EXPERIENCE. GONE MOUNTAIN BIKING Based in Pickering, this family run business specialising in mountain biking and cycling holidays in North Yorkshire. Focussing on ‘new school’ mountain bike skills instruction at all levels from beginners to racers. In addition to this they also offer on and off road guided tours as well as cycle maintenance courses.
SPIN CYCLING TOURS Spin Cycling Tours offers a unique cycling experience. Each package can be customised to suit all corporate and group bookings. They have combined experienced guides, cycling support services and premium accommodation in the stunning Yorkshire backdrop. The team handles all the details from fantastic dishes served by the dedicated chef to any special requests.
YORKSHIRE VELO TOURS
CHALLENGE YOURSELF IF YOU WANT TO REALLY CHALLENGE YOURSELF BY RIDING SOME OF THE BEST ROADS AND CLIMBS IN YORKSHIRE, THEN YORKSHIRE VELO TOURS CAN HELP. THEIR TOURS ARE DESIGNED FOR KEEN CYCLISTS WILLING TO TRY THE ROUTES FAVOURED BY THE PROFESSIONALS INCLUDING THE TOUR DE FRANCE AND TOUR DE YORKSHIRE ROUTES. THIS SPRING ALSO SEES THE LAUNCH OF THEIR NEW ‘ROUTE STORE’ A NEW AND EASY WAY TO ACCESS GREAT CYCLE ROUTES.
BIG BEAR BIKES WHETHER YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A FAMILY DAY, BEGINNERS TOUR OR AN ADVANCED RIDE, THE QUALIFIED INSTRUCTORS AT BIG BEAR BIKES CAN HELP. DAILY OR MULTI-DAY ITINERARIES CAN BE PLANNED AROUND YOU WITH PACKAGES INCLUDING CYCLING AND NONCYCLING ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES AND FITNESS LEVELS. 33
OFF THE RAILS SETTLE THRILLING ADVENTURES If youâ€™re looking for a thrilling and funfilled day mountain biking, then you need to get on the trail with Lost Earth Adventures. Their dedicated guides will tailor the day to suit you and ensure your adventure is as enjoyable as possible. Courses run at any time and can be adapted to suit any level.
CHALLENGE YOURSELF Located in the wonderful spa town of Harrogate, Cadence provide fully-supported luxury cycling experiences aimed at dedicated road cyclists looking to challenge themselves.
LET THE TRAIN TAKE THE STRAIN ON ONE OF THESE UNIQUE RAIL AND BIKE RIDES. TAKE YOUR BIKES TO THE HIGH POINTS OF THE SETTLE-CARLISLE RAILWAY SO EVERYONE CAN ENJOY THE RIDE BACK DOWN. CHOOSE FROM THE BEAUTIFUL EDEN VALLEY, A TRIP AMONG THE THREE PEAKS TO INGLETON OR FROM THE STUNNING RIBBLEHEAD VIADUCT.
FOCUS ON THE ETAPES DU DALES
EXPERIENCE SOME OF THE MOST PICTURESQUE LANDSCAPES IN YORKSHIRE. HELD EACH MAY IN THE YORKSHIRE DALES THIS 110 MILE TIMED CIRCULAR LOOP TAKES IN TESTING CLIMBS, FAST DESCENTS AND THE HIGHEST PUB IN THE COUNTRY, THOUGH NOT MANY TAKE A PINT WHEN PASSING. BASED NEAR GRASSINGTON, ENTRY IS LIMITED TO 1,000 RIDERS BUT THOSE LUCKY FEW GET TO TICK OFF A LIST OF ICONIC CLIMBS IN ONE DAY: FLEET MOSS, BUTTERTUBS, REETH MOOR, TAN HILL AND GALLOWAY GATE WHICH TAKES YOU PAST THE HIGHEST RAILWAY STATION IN THE COUNTRY AT DENT BEFORE AN EASY SECTION THROUGH RIBBLEHEAD AND YORKSHIRE’S THREE PEAKS. A FINAL CLIMB OVER FOUNTAINS FELL LEAVES RIDERS WITH A SPEEDY RETURN DOWN LITTONDALE TO THE FINISH. THE YORKSHIRE DALES IS ONE OF THE FINEST PLACES TO CYCLE - VOTED NUMBER TWO IN CYCLING WEEKLY’S TOP PLACES TO RIDE IN THE UK. 36
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BIKE HIRE AND SHOPS
FULL GAS BIKES A new concept bike store which houses a test track, coffee shop and full technical centre. Founded by multi award winning cyclist Tony Gibb at Fox Valley, Sheffield. It truly is a unique bike shop.
VERN OVERTON CYCLING A full range of high quality bikes ranging from road bikes, hybrid machines and mountain-bikes are on offer. In addition to this they also have several childrenâ€™s mountain bikes and a road bike suitable for ages 10 - 15 years.
ESCAPE BIKE SHOP Dedicated to providing the very best service when it comes to choosing your next bike or looking after your current one. They stock the best brands available for the proficient rider who demands quality and style, whilst also offering experienced advice to new riders.
DALES BIKE HIRE The largest hire fleet in the area. Kids bikes, seats and tag-a-longs are also available for the younger riders. Suggested routes are also offered on request for you to explore and make the most of the Yorkshire Dales.
3 PEAKS CYCLES In the heart of magnificent cycling country for both on and off road enthusiasts. All staff are competitive or social riders, so they know the local trails and roads really well and can advise where the best places are to ride. 3 Peaks provide bike hire, servicing, maps, routes and expert advice on the local area.
CHEVIN CYCLES Voted as the Number One UK Independent Bike Store, Chevin Cycles have over 40 years of experience. Located in Harrogate, Otley and Skipton, you are sure to find everything youâ€™re looking for in one of their spacious, well-stocked stores. 39
PASSION AND PRIDE IS AT THE VERY HEART OF COMMUNITIES IN YORKSHIRE AND THE GRAND DÉPART AND SUBSEQUENT TOUR DE YORKSHIRE SHOWCASES THIS LIKE NOTHING WE’VE EVER SEEN BEFORE. AS WELL AS BRINGING THE TOP NAMES IN CYCLING TO THE COUNTY’S ROADS, THESE AMAZING SPORTING SPECTACLES ALSO LEAVE A LASTING LEGACY ON THE COMMUNITIES THEY VISIT; ONE SUCH LEGACY IS THE YORKSHIRE BANK BIKE LIBRARIES SCHEME. THE AIM OF THE BIKE LIBRARIES IS SIMPLE – TO GIVE EVERY CHILD IN YORKSHIRE ACCESS TO A BIKE, REGARDLESS OF THEIR CIRCUMSTANCES. AND SINCE LAUNCHING IN DECEMBER 2014, THE SCHEME IS WELL ON ITS WAY TO FULFILLING THAT GOAL.
INCREDIBLE DONATIONS SO FAR
to help them integrate and make friends in the area. It’s clear that each bike library is different, but they all work in the same way – taking old or unwanted bikes, repairing them, and making them ready for children to borrow, free of charge.
IN JUST OVER TWO YEARS, MORE THAN 36,000 CHANCES TO RIDE A BIKE HAVE BEEN OFFERED TO CHILDREN AND OVER 5,000 BIKES HAVE BEEN DONATED THROUGH THE SCHEME. SO FAR MORE THAN 40 LET SOMEONE NEW BIKE LIBRARIES AND 51 DONATION LOVE YOUR OLD BIKE STATIONS HAVE ALSO BEEN SET UP AROUND THE COUNTY. EVEN THE MOST UNLOVED BIKE CAN BE BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE, Thanks to financial grants from AND REALLY DAMAGED ONES ARE Yorkshire Bank and operational support from Welcome to Yorkshire, OFTEN USED FOR PARTS Bike Libraries can either be launched OR TRAINING MECHANICS. from scratch, or be part of an existing project.
One example is a primary school which loans bikes out to children in reward for good behaviour; one helps to teach autistic children how to ride a bike for the first time, and another arranges bike rides for families of servicemen and women
The Bike Libraries do receive a lot of bikes which are in perfect condition and these go straight out to libraries for a safety check then directly to a child. If you would consider donating an old bike or would like to borrow a bike, please have a look at the website where you can find a list of all donation stations and Bike Libraries.
SEE WHAT YOUR LOCAL BIKE LIBRARY HAS TO OFFER. GO TO WWW.BIKELIBRARIES.CO.UK FOLLOW @BIKELIBRARIES 41
Image © VHEY
FOCUS ON THE WOLDS WAY
FOLLOW THE ENCHANTING ROLLING HILLS AND COASTAL CLIFFS OF THE YORKSHIRE WOLDS. DISCOVER HIDDEN VALLEYS, WILDFLOWERS AND WILDLIFE. ENJOY BIG SKIES WHILST PASSING THROUGH PICTURESQUE VILLAGES, MARKET TOWNS AND HISTORIC HOUSES AND CHURCHES. ONE MOMENT YOU’RE RUNNING THROUGH A BROAD DRY VALLEY OR EXPLORING A SECRET VALE, THE NEXT YOU’RE HEADING THROUGH THICK WOODLAND. WELL SIGNED AS PART OF THE NATIONAL CYCLE NETWORK, THE TERRAIN IS ROLLING CHALKLAND, WITH ONLY A FEW STEEP BUT SHORT CLIMBS ON MAINLY QUIET ROADS AND COUNTRY LANES WITH SOME CYCLE PATHS. FOLLOWING THE ROUTE CLOCKWISE IS EASIER. THERE ARE TEAROOMS, CAFÉS, PUBS AND FOOD SHOPS AT VARYING INTERVALS AND THERE ARE VARIOUS OPTIONS FOR THE START AND FINISH, WITH BEVERLEY, BRIDLINGTON, DRIFFIELD AND MALTON ALL HAVING TRAIN STATIONS. 43
MADE FOR CYCLING
YORK HOLIDAY & CYCLE SHOP Perfectly located to enjoy the countryside just outside historic York with secure cycle storage containers at each pod and a cycle wash area.
WHERE TO STAY BEFORE YOU VENTURE OUT ON YOUR RIDE YOU MAY WANT SOME ADVICE ON WHERE TO GO OR SOME LAST-MINUTE ESSENTIALS, SIMILARLY, WHEN YOU ARRIVE BACK FROM YOUR RIDE YOU WILL WANT TO BE ABLE TO STORE YOUR BIKE IN A SAFE PLACE OR GIVE IT A WASH BEFORE YOUR NEXT OUTING. MANY OF OUR HOTELS, B&Bâ€™S AND GUEST HOUSES OFFER THESE SERVICES SO YOUR BIKE WILL FEEL AS WELCOME AS YOU DO. 44
MALHAM YHA The famous Malham Cove and Gordale Scar are all a short walk away and all your needs are met with extensive cycling equipment and facilities.
WHITE SWAN INN Having just launched brand new cycling facilities, everyone will feel welcome at this award winning 16th century property in Pickering.
A TOUCH OF LUXURY
SOMETHING A BIT DIFFERENT Platfrom 1 is based in the grade II listed Castle Howard Station. Surrounded by the natural beauty and perfectly situated in the stunning Howardian Hills, this unique accommodation is just the ticket for a first-class holiday break with a difference.
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 a luxury hotel on your return.
CITY CENTRE STAYS A short distance from Leeds city centre, Weetwood Hall has five different styles of accommodation from standard double to feature bedrooms. With extensive free parking and secure bike storage Weetwood Hall is a great choice for a cycling break in West Yorkshire.
Middleton Lodge in Middleton Tyas encourage guests to cycle in and around the estate. Keen cyclists can also take advantage of the washing facilities, route maps and a transfer service for getting groups to the best routes.
FAIRFAX ARMS Situated between York and Helmsley, this renowned country inn and restaurant offers high class accommodation. Free bicycle hire is available so visitors can appreciate the lovely surrounding woodland areas and impressive Ampleforth Abbey.
PANORAMIC VIEWS Just 1.5 miles south of Whitby you will find quality holiday cottages at Summerfield Farm. Furnished to a high specification and with panoramic views across to Whitby it really is a relaxing choice of stay. If you’d prefer to get out and see what the area has to offer the North York Moors are only a short distance away. This is the home of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and of course the ‘Heartbeat’ village of Goathland.
STONE HOUSE HOTEL A classic country house built in 1908 near the market town of Hawes. Visitors can also take advantage of “The Bike Barn” facility. A purpose built secure stabling facility for bikes.
CREATING WAVES The Waves is a Four Star, Silver Award Bed and Breakfast. It is owned by keen walkers and cyclists with an insight into what’s needed for an active holiday. Indoor bike storage, tools, maps and local advice is on offer, making it ideal for Yorkshire coast adventures.
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR OUR CYCLE FRIENDLY PARTNERS IF YOU SEE ONE OF OUR CYCLE FRIENDLY LOGOS YOU CAN BENEFIT FROM THE FOLLOWING: APS AND DETAILS ON LOCAL M AND REGIONAL CYCLING ROUTES AND ORGANISATIONS D ETAILS ON THE NEAREST CYCLE HIRE OUTLETS AND CYCLE REPAIR/ SPARES SHOPS D ETAILS ON LOCAL ATTRACTIONS AND AMENITIES SEPARATE SPACE FOR DRYING OUTDOOR CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR L OCKABLE UNDERCOVER AREA FOR SAFE OVERNIGHT STORAGE OF BIKES A CCESS TO A WATER POINT FOR WASHING BIKES AND OUTDOOR CLOTHING E MERGENCY CYCLE REPAIR KIT F IRST AID KIT SOME MAY ALSO OFFER A WELCOME PACK OF BASIC FOOD SUPPLIES OR PACK LUNCHES AND SNACKS TO TAKE OUT ON YOUR RIDE.
PIT STOPS SOME CYCLISTS TAKE A BREAK EVERY FEW MILES, OTHERS KEEP GOING TO THE END. IF YOU FAVOUR A LITTLE PIT STOP, YORKSHIRE HAS AN ARRAY OF WELCOMING CAFES OFFERING A DRINK AND BITE TO EAT TO KEEP YOU GOING OR EVEN TO CELEBRATE THE END OF YOUR JOURNEY.
THE JUG AND BOTTLE
YOUR BIKE SHED
This award winning independent shop sells real ale and cider to take away in jugs and has a vast array of bottled beer, cider and perry from around the World as well as over 300 wines, champagnes, ports and spirits. The deli is crammed with wonderful olives, cheese, cakes, pâté and fresh bread.
An exciting place where cycling and café culture meet in one relaxed and friendly environment. Drop in to get your bike fixed - the shed is a comfortable and friendly meeting place for food and coffee enthusiasts whilst supporting cycling culture and the experience of riding.
JOE CORNISH GALLERY AND CAFÉ
KEELHAM FARM SHOP
The Gallery Café serves a diverse, seasonal menu complete with options for vegetarians and ‘free from’ diets. Situated within the Joe Cornish Gallery, you can sample our delicious homemade food surrounded by Joe’s stunning landscape photography of Yorkshire and beyond.
Dedicated to celebrating fresh food and making great-tasting affordable, locally-sourced food available to everyone. Their shop offers products from 400 farmers and suppliers while The Keelham Kitchen is open seven days a week serving breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.
VANESSA DELICATESSEN & CAFÉ
Passionate about top quality local food. By supporting local farmers and producers they try to make it as easy as possible for customers to access these fantastic local products. In the café, delicious food is made from scratch daily, available to eat in or takeaway.
Cedarbarn are passionate about growing, cooking and eating fabulous food! Their locally sourced products can be bought in their award winning farm shop or eaten in their scenic café. Hop aboard their miniature locomotive which ventures along a 600-metre track surrounded by their famous farm.
AFTER A HARD DAY’S RIDE YOU DESERVE A SLAB OF CAKE OR A PINT OF LOCALLY BREWED BEER. YORKSHIRE’S PIT STOPS LOVE CYCLISTS AND OFFER A WARM WELCOME.
Main image © Russell Burton
DALES BIKE CENTRE
ROOTS FARM SHOP
Dales Bike Centre not only have a passion for cycling but also a passion for really good food using local produce. From their famous bacon sandwich to a scrumptious chocolate brownie there’s lots to choose from. With a high quality bunk house accommodation it really is the perfect Yorkshire Dales pit stop.
Roots Farm Shop and Café is a social hub and meeting place for locals and for those visiting to get a real taste of the Yorkshire countryside. A family run local outlet for the fantastic artisan producers from the region in both the shop and café. Both established to improve the sustainability of the family farm.
POP IT IN YOUR PACK
BRYMOR ICE CREAM PARLOUR
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!
Brymor Ice Cream, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, has been making luxurious Real Dairy Ice Cream since 1984. Situated at High Jervaulx Farm, just round the corner from the impressive ruins of Jervaulx Abbey, their parlour and café have become an obligatory stop for passing cyclists.
A PARADISE FOR CYCLISTS
BRADFORD DISTRICT IS A PARADISE FOR CYCLISTS WHO WANT TO ESCAPE CITY LIFE AND ENJOY THE BIG BLUE SKIES AND INSPIRING VIEWS.
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RUGGED AND BEAUTIFUL
The rugged and beautiful Pennine countryside and open spaces are what makes Bradford District so picturesque. Heading out on two wheels is a great way to explore; if you choose a road bike or mountain bike you won’t be disappointed.
For those who like riding off the beaten track, Bradford and surrounding areas offer some great opportunities. The Pennine Bridleway gives cyclists the chance to explore the Pennines’ ancient packhorse routes and new bridleways.
TOUR DE YORKSHIRE
Cycle part of the 2014 Tour de France Grand Départ or the Tour de Yorkshire. The route passes through large areas of the Bradford District including Saltaire, Ilkley, Addingham, Keighley and Haworth. The Grand Départ route is signposted so you can enjoy re-creating a section of the greatest cycle race in the world.
For family friendly routes there is the Airedale Greenway which runs along the Leeds Liverpool Canal. Or the Great Northern Railway Trail which, takes in a number of attractions throughout Bradford District. The disused railway tracks are an excellent way to safely enjoy the countryside and see the natural beauty of the area. 55
HOW TO GET HERE
YORKSHIRE BY AIR
DANBY KIRKBY A172 STEPHEN
TO THE M6 FOR BIRMINGHAM AND CUMBRIA
KIRKBY BOWES Doncaster Sheffield Airport STEPHEN
BARNARD CAST STAIT
Fly to A1 A685 Welcome to Yorkshire’s A685 with Flybe, RIC RICHMOND OSMOTHERLEY TEBAY TEBAY official airport partner and REETH airline, or NORTHALLERTON REETH A16 NORTH YORK to Humberside Airport or Durham YORKSHIRE YORKSHIRE MOORS SEDBERGH SEDBERGH LEYBURN L DALES Tees Valley Airport.DALES Leeds-Bradford SUTTON BANK A684 A684 A170 International Airport is our busiest A683 A683 PIC HAWES HAWES HELMSLEY MASHAM air gateway, with flights from DENT DENT THIRSK Aberdeen, Belfast, Bristol, Exeter, KIRKBY LONSDALE KIRKBY LONSDALE Edinburgh, Glasgow,HORTON-IN-RIBBLESDALE London HORTON-IN-RIBBLE INGLETONNewquay, Plymouth and INGLETON A19 Gatwick, RIPON MALT A64 Southampton. GRASSINGTON GRASSINGTO SETTLE
MALHAM YORKSHIRE BY ROAD
HARROGATE Britain’s biggest andSKIPTON fastest ILKLEY highways cross Yorkshire from north A65 A658 A629 OTLEY to south and east to west, making KEIGHLEY KEY getting here by car or by coach SALTAIRE HAWORTH Motorways very simple. For details of the LEEDS quickest (or the most scenic) driving BRADFORD A Roads routes see the AA or RAC websites BRIDGE Rail Routes www.theaa.com HEBDEN and www.rac.co.uk HALIFAX TODMORDEN YORKSHIRE BY RAIL
A1079 A629 A19
Yorkshire’s cities and market towns A1 Areas of Outstanding are easy to get to from other parts of Natural Beauty the country. Travel to Yorkshire withHOLMFIRTH BARNSLEY DONCASTER PENISTONE high-speed trains from either London National Parks or Edinburgh in less than two hours ROTHERHAM PEAK Ferryport with Grand Central and Virgin Trains DISTRICT East Coast services. You can also get A57 to Yorkshire by train from the North SHEFFIELD West with First TransPennine Express, who offer direct services Ferry services to Hull and Newcastle into the county from Liverpool and link Yorkshire with Holland, Belgium Manchester. Northern Rail also offer and Germany. P&O Ferries operate direct services to Yorkshire from the overnight services to Hull from North West. Rotterdam and Zeebrugge.
YORKSHIRE BY SEA
MIRFIELD Heritage Coasts HUDDERSFIELD
ROBIN HOODâ€™S BAY
NORTH YORK MOORS
SUTTON BANK MASHAM
A19 A64 KNARESBOROUGH
X MIRFIELD HUDDERSFIELD
PEAK ROTHERHAM DISTRICT A57
SHEFFIELD TO LONDON BY RAIL
A180 GRIMSBY CLEETHORPES
ride some incredible routes in east yorkshire.
Coastal routes, rural roads and wonderful Wolds. Go to yorkshire.com/rideeast