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'Tour de Wensleydale'

For groups of 2+ riders.

£475*per person shared double/twinWheatley Arms & Stone House Hotel £575*per person single roomWheatley Arms & Stone House Hotel £425*per person shared double/twinWheatley Arms & Coleman's Luxury Guesthouse £525*per person single roomWheatley Arms & Coleman's Luxury Guesthouse

* Prices shown are examples based on a typical 3 day/4 night itinery

Tour Dates 2018


This tour offers a 2 base package which is flexible and can be tailored to your requirements in terms of the grades of rides and also the number of days. You choose the dates convenient for you.

The typical package comprises arrival in Ilkley late afternoon followed by an overnight stay at The Wheatley Arms and a chance to meet our team and discuss the tour.

The following day, after a pre ride bike check by our mechanic you set off to Wensleydale! Choose from a number of routes we have available ranging from an undulating route of 40 miles (grade 1) to a challenging route of 80 miles (grade 2 and 3)

Choose from our two accommodation options in Wensleydale.

The Stone House Hotel offers luxurious accommodation. Situated just outside Hawes at the foot of Buttertubs Pass, it’s location is pure cycling heaven! There even is a ‘cycling barn’ and well equipped workshop! Either treat yourself to the gourmet dinner option or perhaps stroll into Hawes and visit one of the many local pubs and restaurants.

Colman’s luxury guesthouse near Aysgarth also offers a great stay in a newly opened accommodation. Very close to the village, and the famous waterfalls, where you have a choice of venue for your evening meal.

Stay 2 nights or more in Wensleydale, where a whole world of great routes are on your doorstep. Grade 1 riders can stay mainly in the valley or maybe take on a climb such as the iconic Buttertubs Pass. For those wanting hills, you are simply spoilt for choice, you can even ride out to Great Dunfell (the UK’s Mont Ventoux!)

The ride back to Ilkley will take you on a different route to the ride out. Once again riders have a choice in the length and degree of difficulty. We will transport your luggage and meet you back at The Wheatley Arms, where you can either head back home or enjoy another night’s stay.

Typical Itinerary

Day 1


Arrive in Ilkley late afternoon / evening at the Wheatley. Meet the Yorkshire Velo Tours team in the evening and briefing on the next day’s ride.

Day 2

Ride 1

Choice of route from Ilkley to Wensleydale covering ride grade options 1, 2 and 3 (40 to 80 miles)

YVT collect your luggage from the Wheatley Arms and transport it to Wensleydale

Arrive at your chosen accommodation in Wensleydale. Relax, eat and drink! Climb options: Fleet Moss, Malham Cove, Stainforth - Pen Y Ghent, Garsdale Head

Day 3

Ride 2

A day in Wensleydale and beyond

Choice of routes covering ride grades 1, 2 and 3 Grade 1 riders will typically stay in the Wensleydale Valley and enjoy a flat/undulating ride and visit some of the lovely towns and villages such as Hawes, Aysgarth, Askrigg, Leyburn and Middleham.

Grade 2 and 3 riders can venture further afield. Buttertubs Pass is the gateway into Swaledale and from there you can head up to the highest pub in England at Tan Hill. The choice of classic climbs is wide and varied and Grade 3 riders might want to ride out to Great Dunfell and experience the ‘greatest climb in England’ per the 100 climbs book, scoring 11/10!

Climb options: Buttertubs Pass, Grinton Moor, Oxnop Scar, The Stang, Tan Hill, Turf Moor, Great Dunfell

Day 4

Ride 3

Depart Wensleydale and ride back on a different route to Ilkley. We will arrive early and meet you before you set off, so we can run through the routes.

Ride grade options 1, 2 and 3 (40 to 80 miles)

Climb options: Fleet Moss, Cote de Cray, Park Rash, Trapping Hill, Greenhow, Nought Bank, Peat Lane

Arrive back in Ilkley and collect your luggage. Stay a final night at The Wheatley Arms and enjoy a well earned drink or two and fine food.

'It was a great tour, a view held by the whole group, as one of us said “this trip was a special one”'
Gijs Botman from Amsterdam, October 2017

What's Included?

Rest Ilkley At the excellently rated Wheatley Arms in Ilkley with stunning rooms, luxurious bathrooms and rolling views over Wharfedale
Wensleydale Choice of either the Stone House Hotel, Hawes or Colman’s Luxury Guesthouse, Aysgarth
Meals & Snacks BreakfastB&B
EnergyOTE nutrition: bars, gels and drinks tabs + bananas
Support MechanicOur Cytech qualified mechanic will be available on the first morning to perform bike checks and provide advice
Ride GuidanceMeet the YVT team on days 1,2 and 4 to discuss the tour, routes etc
LuggageWe transport your luggage to Wensleydale and back to Ilkley
Tech MapCopy of ‘Yorkshire Dales for Cyclists’ hard copy (weather resistant) map
GPS files of routes for use with Garmin etc

What's Not Included?

Insurance We do not provide any insurance for you or your cycle, so we advise you take out suitable cover Meals & Snacks Dinner - You have a choice of dining both in Ilkley and Wensleydale

Food and drink at the cafe stop/s
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