3 days / 4 nights£450per personShared twin/double £550per personSingle room
This cycling tour features a 4 night stay with 3 day rides that showcase the incredible variety of roads and scenery in Yorkshire. Heading in a different direction each day, you will ride sections of the Tour de France 2014 route as well as other undiscovered roads that both inspire and challenge.
Accommodation is based in the lovely town of Ilkley, a location which is simply a gateway to the Yorkshire Dales. When the Tour de Yorkshire cycled through the town in 2015, the TV commentators described Ilkley as the ‘capital of cycling in Yorkshire’. The town boasts the largest cycling club in the country where almost 10% of the population are members!
You will stay at the Wheatley Arms which sits just below the Cow and Calf rocks. There are twelve gorgeous bedrooms including loft rooms and generously sized suites. All with luxurious bathrooms and some with roof top terraces and rolling views over Wharfedale and the famous Ilkley Moor. The Wheatley has consistently received excellent reviews on TripAdvisor and has the TripAdvisor ‘Certificate of Excellence’. It also takes pride in using many local suppliers for food and drink, including craft beer on draught produced by the two well respected breweries in Ilkley.
Prior to each ride there will be a briefing on the next day’s ride showing the map, the profile and the key climbs. Prior to departing each day, the team mechanic will be available to check the bikes. Carefully chosen lunch stops at top cycling cafes will feature on every ride.
Arrive in Ilkley Monday afternoon / evening at the Wheatley Arms. Introduction to the tour in the evening and briefing on the next day’s ride.
Wharfe Valley - Fleet Moss
The introductory ride is 65 miles with one significant climb, Fleet Moss. Depending on the consensus of the group/s there is an option to extend to 85 miles and take in the Cote de Cray.
The beginning of the ride snakes all the way up the Wharfe Valley, covering many miles of the Tour de France 2014 day 1 route. Soon after passing Kilnsey Crag at the head of the Wharfe Valley you then experience the stunning beauty of the infamous Fleet Moss climb. The return route is on the opposite side of the Wharfe Valley which provides quite different roads and scenery to the ride out.
A taste of TdF day 2 and a visit to Bronte Country
Relatively short in miles, but the short/medium length hills soon come thick and fast on this rollercoaster of a route. The route takes in some of the TdF 2014 day 2 route, heading over Cocking Lane and Barrows Lane to the famous Bronte town of Haworth taking in it’s short but classic cobbled main street. We then proceed to the TdF cat2 climb of the Cote de Oxenhope Moor before descending to the creative and funky town of Hebden Bridge for a well deserved lunch stop. After lunch you soon get warmed up on the famous Heptonstall Road climb before heading over Widdop Moor to Trawden. Eventually we pick up the 2015 Tour de Yorkshire route on the way back to Ilkley, including the punchy ‘Priest Bank’ which rises sharply out of the Aire Valley.
Malham & Littondale
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 of Littondale, the hidden valley.
The ride initially skirts up the Wharfe Valley and then through the Calendar Girls village of Rhylstone to Malham. The reward for reaching the top of the climb is sight of the impressive world famous limestone pavements. After crossing the bleak moor you descend to Settle for the café stop. After the welcome break you join the route of the famous ‘Etape du Dales’ and climb out of Stainforth past Pen-y-Ghent, one of the 3 Peaks of Yorkshire visited by the iconic cyclo cross race. A treat is now in store as the scenery to the right on the descent is majestic as you enter Littondale. You soon reach Wharfedale and head past Kilnsey Crag. To make this a triple climb ride, the punchy ‘Langbar’ awaits near the finish, although those with tired legs can easily miss this out if they wish and head straight back to the Wheatley Arms.
Depart Ilkley in morning.
Alternatively, stay a few more nights and enjoy the many things Yorkshire has to offer!