Outline map (printable) showing key climbs and cafe stop options - Route guide and key information - comprehensive description of the route, all the information you need - Link to route on Mapmyride - GPX file of the route for Satnav devices - Off Street car parking and toilet/changing facilities
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R1: The Three Hill Thriller
Key climbs: Norwood Edge, Hartwith Bank, Nought Bank
A well tried and tested route with YVT, although it is only 43 miles it presents riders with 3 tasty climbs, which all feature in Simon Warren’s Yorkshire Climbs book. It’s great training if you’re building up to a hilly sportive or just want to get some serious climbing in, but don’t want to commit to a really long full day ride. The scenery is splendid too as you travel out of the Wharfe Valley into Nidderdale and then return again via the Washburn Valley.
R2: The Republic 100
Key climbs: Cote de Cray, Grinton Moor, Oxnop Scar, Fleet Moss
This route goes down in local history as the ride that brought together the founder members of the re-established Ilkley Cycling Club in 2011. A fair proportion of the ride was then used as stage one of the 2014 Tour de France, which proves how good a route it is! This classic ride takes in 4 significant and varied climbs and 3 different Yorkshire valleys; Wharfedale, Wensleydale and Swaledale.
R3: The Lancashire and Wharfedale Cocktail
Key climbs: Cocking Lane, Carleton - West Road, Blacko - Gisburn Road
Most people think of Yorkshire climbs as short and steep, well this ride will prove you wrong! Three major climbs feature on this ride, all before our suggested lunch stop. They are characterised by Alpine like gradients of 5-9% occasionally creeping into the lower teens. The contrasting scenery on this ride will take your breath away and the short urban section through the outskirts of Colne just adds contrast to the whole experience!
R4: Malham and Littondale
Key climbs: Malham Cove, Stainforth – Pen-y-Ghent, Langbar
The majesty of Malham Cove looks out over the Village of Malham and has been attracting visitors for centuries. For cyclists, it just happens that a classic road climb runs up the left hand side of the Cove. We have blended a visit to Malham with a loop back through the untouched gem Littondale, the hidden valley. The route finishes with a real ‘sting in the tail’, the mighty Langbar climb!
R5: Park Rash and Coverdale
Key climbs: Park Rash, Trapping Hill, Nought Bank
An undulating 20 miles to start with takes us to the foot of the infamous Park Rash, which we think is probably the toughest climb in the Yorkshire Dales! After an intimidating ‘false’ start just after leaving Kettlewell, a slight downhill run allows you to view what’s ahead! It’s full on from the word go. The reward for reaching the top though is a superb 12 mile descent to the town of Middleham and then onto a great little café stop. It’s up and down all the way back from there, with the infamous Nought Bank presenting the most significant challenge.
R6: The Wharfe Valley
Whatever grade of rider you are, this route has something for you and in actual fact it is probably the most ridden route by our team! Basically a journey up the beautiful Wharfe Valley from Ilkley, the scenery just gets better and better as you head out past Bolton Abbey. Journey to Burnsall taking in the breathtaking view of Simon’s Seat on the way. Then on to Grassington with its bustling village centre and choice of cafes and shops. Return down the valley on the opposite side of the river and enjoy Hebden, Appletreewick and the Bolton Abbey estate. Plenty of cafe stop opportunities on route and 4 are shown on the route instructions and also the map.
This route is ideal for the rider who is new to the Wharfe Valley, it really will whet your appetite for more!
From our experience of planning cycling routes abroad and in the UK, it is often difficult to find all the information you need. In response, we have put together essential key information for a number of classic Yorkshire routes for visitors to the area. We have drawn on invaluable local knowledge, which is like gold dust for a visiting cyclist and can turn an average trip into a truly memorable adventure.
All rides start and finish in Ilkley, just 30 minutes from Leeds and Bradford, and we have teamed up with the Wheatley Arms to offer our clients use of their large off street car park plus toilets / changing facilities. Our ‘route essentials’ pack provides all key information for your ride, including details of the climbs and the best cafe stops on route. Of course, when you finish the ride, you can use the facilities of the Wheatley Arms again, perfect for a post ride drink and meal.
We will always have a ‘free route’ available on our website, so why not download it now and check out one of our routes.