8 days / 7 nightsSelf Guided with Luggage Transportation
The Yorkshire Dales Cycleway is a stunning circular tour of the National Park taking in most of the main Dales and many that are rarely visited. The breathtaking scenery combined with villages of immense character make this a wonderful way to experience the Yorkshire Dales on two wheels. The route starts in Skipton or Ilkley and is all on road and signed with the logo of the National Park – a sheep’s head.
This tour is designed for those who wish to ride at a leisurely pace providing plenty of time to enjoy the full glory of what the Yorkshire Dales has to offer. Averaging 35km per day, you complete the Yorkshire Dales Cycleway in 6 days starting and finishing in Skipton or Ilkley. There are plenty of places of interest and things to do along the route and you can use our guide to help plan each day.
We meet you at the start of the tour and ensure you have everything you need and then transport your luggage between overnight stops. Accommodation is in carefully selected small hotels of character in typical Yorkshire villages that boast an array of good food options as well as traditional Yorkshire pubs.
The start/finish of the tour will be Skipton or Ilkley, if arriving from overseas:
Leeds/Bradford Airport (12-20 km)
Manchester Airport 1.5 hours train journey (change at Leeds)
Hull Ferries: 2.5 hours drive
Arrive in Skipton (or Ilkley), check to the hotel with the opportunity to enjoy an evening in the town. Overnight stay in Skipton (or Ilkley)
Skipton to Malham
Meet and greet: We will meet you and provide a briefing on the tour, supply a hard copy map and answer any questions you have.
Not long after setting off you experience beautiful Wharfedale and watch how the valley changes as you cycle along the way. Plenty of typical cafes and pubs to stop off on the way today, but save time to experience Malham and the many things to see there.
Things to do and places of interest: Beautiful Wharfedale, Barden Towers (11th Century Hunting Lodge), Burnsall, Malham: Cove, Gordale Scar and Janet’s Foss (Waterfall)
Malham to Ingleton
Take the Cove Road out of Malham right to the top of Malham Moor (the only big hill of the day) and enjoy the dramatic scenery (used in one of the Harry Potter movies) before descending down to the historic market town of Settle for a well earned coffee stop in the market place. The overnight stop is in Ingleton, a village dating back to the iron age, famous for its waterfall and caves.
Things to do and places of interest: Malham Moor - Limestone Pavements, Stainforth Waterfalls, Market town of Settle, Ingleton: Waterfalls, Caves
Ingleton to Hawes
The landscape changes again today and you experience the barren moors near the famous Ribblehead viaduct before enjoying a lovely long sweeping descent into Wensleydale.
Things to do and places of interest: White Scar Cave, Ribblehead Viaduct, Wensleydale Creamery (famous for its world renowned ‘Wensleydale’ cheese), Hawes (Historic Market Town), Dales Countryside museum and Ropemakers
Hawes to Reeth
A ‘valley hopping’ day today as you go from Wensleydale to the northern Yorkshire Dales valley of Swaledale, covering some of the route of the 2014 Tour de France! The climb to the top of the moor is well worth it, just take your time before you enjoy the breathtaking views as you descend into the narrow valley with its small villages of immense character.
Things to do and places of interest: Askrigg (used for filming of the James Herriot TV series), Swaledale, Reeth, Swaledale museum
Reeth to Kettlewell or Grassington
A day of contrasting and graphic Yorkshire Dales scenery as you experience 4 valleys and 2 moors in one day! the final section of the route takes you up the ‘hidden gem’ valley of Coverdale before descending into Wharfedale for the overnight stop in Kettlewell or Grassington.
Things to do and places of interest: Grinton Moor, Castle Bolton (14th Century Castle), Aysgarth Falls, Coverdale
Kettlewell to Skipton
After the hilly day before, the final day’s riding is a shorter route back down the Wharfe valley with plenty of time to stop in the picturesque valley by the river. A highlight near the end is Bolton Abbey with its 12 century Augustinian Monastery.
Arrive back in Skipton/Ilkley
Things to do and places of interest: Kilnsey Crag, Grassington (Historic Market Town), Burnsall, Bolton Abbey
Depart or spend the day in the town
Note: The Yorkshire Dales are characterised by the picturesque hilly landscape which does mean there are some steep hills on the route. The tour guide will clearly advise when to expect them.