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4 days / 3 nights

Self Guided

£199per personShared twin/double £299per personSingle room
Price per person for groups of 4+ £178pp / £278pp

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Day1

Arrival
10km

A long walk to the hotel


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Day2

Ride 1
80km

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Highlights

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Ride With Simon Warren - Yorkshire Velo Tours | UK Cycling Tours, Rides, Routes and Group Events in Yorkshire

'Ride With Simon Warren'

£ P.O.Aper personShared twin/double

Outline


Ride the hills of Yorkshire with Simon Warren, the man who literally wrote the book on them! Simon will guide you through many of his favourites on a day out and your legs and lungs will never forget through some of the best scenery in Britain!

Simon has a number of routes you can choose from mainly in the Yorkshire Dales but also covering the North Yorkshire Moors. He can also devise a route to specifically meet your requirements. The ride will be supported by the Yorkshire Velo Tours team with many options set out below to make your day in the hills one to remember.


A little about Simon...


Simon Warren’s been obsessed with cycling since the summer of 1989 after watching Greg Lemond battle Laurent Fignon in the Tour de France.

A few weeks later he rode his first race, a 10 mile time trial on the A1 and by the end of the year was club hill climb champion. Although not having what it took to beat the best he found his forte was racing up hills and so began his life long fascination with steep roads.

Trips were planned and pilgrimages made to find ever steeper and longer slopes which culminated in the publication of his first book, 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs. Following its 2010 release Simon has now written 11 further guides to hills from Scotland to Italy together with appearing on numerous TV shows, hosting talks, guiding rides and spending hours and hours riding up hill.

What's Included?


Bikes/Technical

Before the ride our Cytech qualified team mechanic will perform a bike check for each rider and provide any technical advice as required If riders don’t have their own bikes. Bike hire is also available

Support Vehicle

Have our mechanic accompany your group on the road, just like a team car in the Tour de France! Full mechanical support on the move plus stocks of food and drink instantly available to keep you going

Ride Guides

Depending on group size, we offer local ride guides who are well experienced and knowledgable on cycling in Yorkshire

Other Services

We offer a range of customised merchandise (bottles, ride packs etc) and also have the option of a pro sports photographer

Accommodation

We work with a number of accommodation providers ranging from Bed and Breakfast to splendid Country House Hotels


Yorkshire Dales & York - Yorkshire Velo Tours | UK Cycling Tours, Rides, Routes and Group Events in Yorkshire
tour options:

1. Yorkshire Dales Cycleway 2. Yorkshire Dales & York


Our Leisure cycling tours are designed to allow plenty of time for sightseeing and to enjoy all the Yorkshire Dales has to offer. The tours cover much less distance each day than our ‘road cycling tours’ and we provide you with suggestions of places on interest along the route.


GRADE1

'Yorkshire Dales & York'

8 days / 7 nights

Self Guided with Luggage Transportation

£799per personShared twin/double £1010per personSingle room
Price per person for groups of 4+ £720pp / £950pp

This tour's also available as a 5 day road tour - click to find out more...

"An unforgettable week of riding with a good balance of beautiful hilly rides in the dales and visits to must-see local attractions such as Fountains Abbey and Bolton Castle. We ate really well and drank hardy ale in many a charming town. A day in York at the end of our trip was also fantastic and we recommend the city as a final destination. Without fail, the accommodation that Charles booked for us was top-notch, very friendly, and offered a slice of Yorkshire hospitality"

Will and 3 friends from Germany, May 2019

Outline


Starting in Ilkley or Skipton you will complete a tour of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park with its distinctive valleys, villages of immense character and majestic hills. The journey finishes with 2 nights staying in the historic city of York, with plenty of time for sightseeing. This a tour that displays all that is good about Yorkshire and why it has become one of the top tourist destinations in the UK.

The start of the tour will be Skipton or Ilkley

The tour finishes in York with the option of transport back to the start point.

From York:
Leeds/Bradford Airport (50 km)
Manchester Airport 1.5 hours train journey (change at Leeds)
Hull Ferries: 1.5 hours drive / 70km

Itinerary


Day1


Arrival


Stay overnight in the delightful town of Skipton or Ilkley which boasts a classic Yorkshire market area and some cobbled streets, as well as a medieval castle built in 1090.

Day2

Ride 1.
48 km

Skipton/Ilkley to Hawes


Set up and test the bikes.

The majority of today’s ride is along the beautiful valley of Wharfedale, right to the source of the river nestled in the hillside approaching Fleet Moss, one of the most impressive hills in the Yorkshire Dales. This is the only high hill you will cycle on the tour, but the view as you look down on your evening stop at Hawes will take your breath away.

Highlights

Wharfedale, Villages of Grassington, Kettlewell and Buckden, Kilnsey Crag (pic), Source of the River Wharfe, Fleet Moss

Day3

Ride 2.
46 km

Hawes to Masham


Today you venture down Wensleydale to the market town of Masham, with it’s 18th century Georgian market square, where your hotel is located. Plenty of places to visit on the cycle ride today, but save some time for a tour of the famous Black Sheep Brewery and of course sample a well deserved taste of the produce!

Highlights

Aysgarth Water Falls, Castle Bolton, Middleham Castle (built 1190), Jervaux Abbey (one of the great Cistertian abbeys in Yorkshire), Black Sheep Brewery tour

Day4

Ride 3.
48 km

Masham to Pateley Bridge


Today you head south out of Wensleydale to Pateley Bridge set in the Nidd Valley. The route takes you via Fountains Abbey, one of the largest and best preserved ruined Cistercian monasteries in England and a World Heritage site. In contrast, you also pass by Brimham Rocks, an amazing collection of natural rock formations.

Highlights

Fountains Abbey, Studley Royal Gardens, Brimham Rocks

Day5

Ride 4.
43 km

Pateley Bridge to Thirsk


Today we head east and experience two classic Yorkshire market towns. Firstly, you ride down Nidderdale to Ripon where you definitely need to stop off for a while, stroll round the market square and visit the impressive cathedral. Then it’s on to the overnight stop in Thirsk, right on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors.


Highlights

Nidderdale Museum (Pateley Bridge), The oldest sweet shop in the world!, Ripon Cathedral

Day6

Ride 5.
39 km

Thirsk to York


Today you enjoy a journey south through the Vale of York to the city of York, founded by the ancient Romans. Its huge 13th-century Gothic cathedral, York Minster, has medieval stained glass and 2 functioning bell towers. The City Walls form a walkway on both sides of the River Ouse.

Your hotel is right in the heart of the city.

Highlights

York Minster, Medieval City Walls, York Dungeon, Jorvik Viking Centre, York Castle museum

Day7

Sightseeing in York

A full day sightseeing in York.


There's so much to do and see in this historic city.

Overnight stay in York

Highlights

York Minster, Medieval City Walls, York Dungeon, Jorvik Viking Centre, York Castle museum

Day8


Depart York


Option to stay an extra night or two if you wish

What's Included?


Day/Night

6 days cycling
in the Yorkshire Dales

7 nights B&B accommodation
(bathroom and shower en suite) in carefully selected small hotels of character

Support

Meet & Greet
from member of the Yorkshire Velo Tours team

Tour Guide
Outline of each days ride, including suggestions of places to visit along the way

Luggage transfer between overnight stops

Info

Directions
Quality weather proof route map & GPX files for SatNav devices

Tour notes
Outline of each days ride, including great cafes to stop at on route

Emergency contact number

Extras

Transport back to Start Point
£75 for 2 people and 2 bikes

Bike Hire
Road, hybrid and e-bikes available for hire from specialist local supplier’


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

Lunch & Dinner

Food and drink at the cafe stop/s

Yorkshire Dales Cycleway - Yorkshire Velo Tours | UK Cycling Tours, Rides, Routes and Group Events in Yorkshire
tour options:

1. Yorkshire Dales Cycleway 2. Yorkshire Dales & York


Our Leisure cycling tours are designed to allow plenty of time for sightseeing and to enjoy all the Yorkshire Dales has to offer. The tours cover much less distance each day than our ‘road cycling tours’ and we provide you with suggestions of places on interest along the route.


GRADE1

'Yorkshire Dales Cycleway'

8 days / 7 nights

Self Guided with Luggage Transportation

£799per personShared twin/double £1010per personSingle room
Price per person for groups of 4+ £720pp / £950pp

This tour's also available as a 4 day road tour - click to find out more...

"Charles gave us good advice and support. The hotels were well situated with helpful staff, and all provided a good cyclist's breakfast. The roads were generally quiet with fantastic scenery. A great introduction to the area. Thank you"

Paul and Sharon from Australia, July 2019

Outline


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/guest houses of character in typical Yorkshire villages that boast an array of good food options as well as traditional Yorkshire pubs.


Itinerary


Day1


Arrival


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)

Day2

Ride 1.
32 km

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.

Highlights

Beautiful Wharfedale, Barden Towers (11th Century Hunting Lodge), Burnsall, Malham: Cove, Gordale Scar and Janet’s Foss (Waterfall)

Day3

Ride 2.
38 km

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.

Highlights

Malham Moor - Limestone Pavements, Stainforth Waterfalls, Market town of Settle, Ingleton: Waterfalls, Caves

Day4

Ride 3.
38 km

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.

Highlights

White Scar Cave, Ribblehead Viaduct, Wensleydale Creamery (famous for its world renowned ‘Wensleydale’ cheese), Hawes (Historic Market Town), Dales Countryside museum and Ropemakers

Day5

Ride 4.
31 km

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.

Highlights

Askrigg (used for filming of the James Herriot TV series), Swaledale, Reeth, Swaledale museum

Day6

Ride 5.
37 km

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.

Highlights

Grinton Moor, Castle Bolton (14th Century Castle), Aysgarth Falls, Coverdale

Day7

Ride 6.
32 km

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

Highlights

Kilnsey Crag, Grassington (Historic Market Town), Burnsall, Bolton Abbey

Day8


Depart or spend the day in the town




What's Included?


Day/Night

6 days riding
in the Yorkshire Dales

7 nights B&B accommodation
(bathroom and shower en suite) in carefully selected small hotels of character

Support

Meet & Greet
from member of the Yorkshire Velo Tours team

Info

Directions
Quality weather proof route map

Navigation
GPX/TCX files of the routes for SatNav devices

Emergency contact number

Extras

Local Ride Guide

Support Vehicle & Mechanic

Bike Hire
Road, hybrid and e-bikes available for hire from specialist local supplier


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

Lunch & Dinner

Food and drink at the cafe stop/s

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Cycling Events - Yorkshire Velo Tours | UK Cycling Tours, Rides, Routes and Group Events in Yorkshire

'Cycling Events'

£ P.O.Aper personShared twin/double

"Professional, caring, well organised and very knowledgeable hosts who kept us all extremely safe in the poor conditions. The hotel and restaurant were very welcoming and great quality.
Memories I will never forget!"

Colin Kimmins, Lendlease UK

"I was looking for someone to help me host an event that offered a quality service with attention to detail. Charles and his team were able to meet this brief perfectly. Charles was able to help me work through options well and had good connections for catering locally. The full team interacted with our guests brilliantly and made them feel very welcome. Would recommend!"

Alex Stork, Business Development Manager, Overbury

Outline


Why not consider a cycling based day or half day for your business or organisation? We have partnered up with a number of venues around Yorkshire to offer a range of bespoke cycling days ranging from small team away days to mini sportive events.

A unique cycling experience or challenge can enhance lives, strengthen relationships and offer a true sense of adventure and shared achievement – all key ingredients for the perfect corporate hospitality or team building event.

Whether you are considering organising an unforgettable team building exercise or creating an event to entertain your clients, we can make sure it exactly fits your requirements

For literally the cost of a good dinner you can enjoy a day’s cycling in the Yorkshire Dales, what better way to treat your clients or team! Previous clients include: Lendlease UK, Overbury plc, Mentha Capital (Amsterdam), Banana Kick and RSM.


Why a cycling event?


Cycling has all the ingredients to provide you with the perfect social group activity.

Anyone can take part in a corporate cycling adventure whilst at the same time it promotes:

Healthy Living
We believe that a healthy lifestyle equals a healthy mind. A cycling event may well be the target to encourage your staff and clients to get that old bike out of the shed and hit the road. A few hours in the saddle doesn’t have to be difficult but it will be a challenge for some. Sharing such experiences and getting fit with colleagues will foster the common goal of a healthier, happy team.

Teamwork
Look at the achievements of Team SKY in recent years. Chris Froome always emphasises that teamwork is crucial to his success at the Tour de France. Cycling is the embodiment of team work and no finer way to get your team working hard together in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Adventure
For most people who book our rides, the routes take them somewhere they’ve never been before. Many people are overwhelmed with the scenery and views they experience, only a few miles from the cities of Leeds and Bradford. Let YVT take you on an adventure into the hidden gems of Yorkshire on a bike!

Fundraising
Create a shared challenge and achievement and use this as the focus of your company’s annual charitable work. A charity cycling event is an excellent way to engage and motivate your staff and raise awareness about your chosen charity both across your company and your clients.

Great PR
An excellent to get exposure across your client base and industry. Let your bespoke cycling event provide your staff and clients with a day to remember, perhaps by raising money for your chosen charity also by telling everyone about it!

Fun
Cycling is actually great fun both for those new to the activity to hardened athletes alike!


What do we offer?


We always meet with prospective clients to talk through and design an event that is right for your business.

As a guide, this is a typical cycling event:

You have the option to have Simon Warren, 100 Greatest Climbs fame, as your ride guide.

Itinerary


Day1


Arrival


Start and finish at a venue that fits your requirements, in the past we have used The Wheatley Arms in Ilkley, The Coniston Hotel near Skipton, the Sawley Arms and Harrogate Cricket Club.

A pre-ride breakfast in the conference room with options to use the audio visual facilities for company presentation / welcome.

Each rider will be given a drink and nutrition pack comprising a Yorkshire Velo Tours water bottle, energy gels, flapjack and a banana.

Day1


The Ride


We have a wide range of tried and tested routes and we will choose the most appropriate for your riders.

Often it works best to have two options: a shorter less strenuous route for those newer to cycling and a more challenging route for the regular cyclists.

Each group of riders will be led by an experienced local ride leader. Our team mechanic will also drive a support vehicle to accompany the riders, so it will feel a bit like riding in a team on the Tour de France! There will be regular stops and water and food will be available to sustain the riders on route. If anyone is really struggling with the ride, there is space for people and bikes in the support vehicle, so they can always hop onboard.

What's Included?


Bikes/Technical

Before the ride our Cytech qualified team mechanic will perform a bike check for each rider and provide any technical advice as required If riders don’t have their own bikes, bike hire is available.

The Cafe Stop

No cycle ride in the Yorkshire Dales would be complete without a great cafe stop to enjoy homemade food and drink. We have several tried and tested cafes to stop at, which we book ahead ready for our arrival.

Finish

Return to round the day off with drinks and food

Photography
You will receive an online album of photographs of your cycling event taken by our professional photographer

Custom Merch

OPTIONAL

Custom drinks bottles; your own company cycle jersey. We use an Ilkley based supplier for our cycling kit and we can work with you to design a jersey for each rider to wear and take home as a souvenir of the day

Dinner/Rest

OPTIONAL

Enjoy evening dinner or stay overnight

Facilities

OPTIONAL

Standard conference facilities available, also the option of post-ride massage for guests


Introduction to Yorkshire Dales Cycling - Yorkshire Velo Tours | UK Cycling Tours, Rides, Routes and Group Events in Yorkshire
tour options:

1. Your Bespoke Cycling Tour 2. Yorkshire Dales Cycleway 3. Dales & Moors 4. Weekend In Wensleydale 5. Introduction to Yorkshire Dales Cycling


Our Leisure cycling tours are designed to allow plenty of time for sightseeing and to enjoy all the Yorkshire Dales has to offer. The tours cover much less distance each day than our ‘road cycling tours’ and we provide you with suggestions of places on interest along the route.


GRADE1

'Introduction to Yorkshire Dales Cycling'

3 days / 4 nights

£450per personShared twin/double £550per personSingle room

Outline


We’ve had many guests in the past who want an introduction to Yorkshire Dales cycling out from one location each day, usually for a 2 or 3 day stay. This is an ideal format whether you want a few hard days’ cycling or something more leisurely

The tour features 3 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 routes and the Tour de Yorkshire as well as more undiscovered roads that both inspire and challenge.

Daily mileage will be around 25 - 50 miles, but there is flexibility and the rides can be shortened or lengthened based on the consensus of the riders.

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!

Itinerary


Day1


Arrival


Arrive in Ilkley afternoon / evening at the Wheatley Arms. Introduction to the tour in the evening and briefing on the next day’s ride.

Day2

Ride 1.
27-32 miles

Wharfe Valley - Bolton Abbey - Burnsall, possibly Grassington


The route takes you along the quiet ‘back road’ out of Ilkley up the Wharfe Valley to the historic Bolton Abbey and a chance to see the ruined Priory and the Church. We’ll stop for a coffee by the river and ensure everyone is happy with the riding arrangements. From here, the route heads further up the valley to Burnsall, where many scenes from the film Calendar Girls were filmed. The lunch cafe stop will be around the half way point in the ride after which we return to Ilkley on the opposite side of the river through Appletreewick with views over to Simon’s Seat.

Day3

Ride 2.
30-45 miles

Asquith - Otley - Leathley - Almscliff Crag - Washburn Valley


This route is slightly longer than day 1 with some hills, but nothing too long or steep. Initially travelling down the Wharfe Valley, we soon head northwards through series of delightful villages heading to the morning coffee stop. We then head towards the smart town of Harrogate before branching left towards Darley, eventually ending up at the lunch stop near Blubberhouses (which was on the route of the 2014 Tour de France). A steady hill takes us up the moor before descending back into Ilkley.

Day4

Ride 3.
30-45 miles

Rhylstone - Hetton - Airton - Malham


A similar start to the ride as day 1, this undulating route veers off the Wharfe Valley through Hetton and Airton. The highlight is a visit to the breathtaking Malham Cove.

Day5


Depart Ilkley in morning.


Alternatively, stay a few more nights and enjoy the many things Yorkshire has to offer!

What's Included?


Rest

4 Nights Accommodation
In the lovely town of Ilkley, featuring its famous Cow and Calf rocks and great range of restaurants and pubs

Support

Daily meet with rep from YVT to discuss the route for the day and recommend good cafe stops!

Tech

Map
of routes

GPS
files of routes for use with Garmin etc

Bike hire

Road, hybrid and e-bikes available for hire from local specialist


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

Food and drink at the cafe stop/s

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Weekend In Wensleydale - Yorkshire Velo Tours | UK Cycling Tours, Rides, Routes and Group Events in Yorkshire
tour options:

1. Your Bespoke Cycling Tour 2. Yorkshire Dales Cycleway 3. Dales & Moors 4. Weekend In Wensleydale 5. Introduction to Yorkshire Dales Cycling


Our road cycling tours are for keen road cyclists of all abilities and we offer circular routes staying in different locations each evening as well as tours and day events based in our home town of Ilkley.


GRADE1, 2, 3

'Weekend In Wensleydale'

4 days / 3 nights

Self guided with luggage transportation

£362per personShared twin/double £455per personSingle room
Price per person for groups of 4+ £328pp / £405pp

Outline


A short tour, ideal for a weekend visit, for keen cyclists taking you right into the heart of the Yorkshire Dales through valleys, beautiful villages and the wonderful hills that Yorkshire is now famous for. Three days cycling and three nights accommodation staying in majestic Wensleydale, with a ride over Buttertubs Pass to Tan Hill, the highest pub in Britain.

Itinerary


Day1


Arrival


Arrive in Ilkley, check to the hotel with the opportunity to enjoy an evening in the town. Overnight stay in Ilkley.

Day2

Ride 1.
75 km

Ilkley to Hawes


This ride takes you up the Wharfe Valley past Bolton Abbey and over to Malham Cove famous for its ‘limestone pavements’. You will climb the famous Cove Road and cycle near the ‘3 peaks’, passing the iconic Ribblehead Viaduct before descending to the small town of Hawes, renowned for its Wensleydale cheese factory.

Overnight stay in Hawes, choice of dinner options and locals pubs.

The cars remain in Ilkley in an off street car park.

Day3

Ride 2.
70 km

Circular loop taking in Buttertubs pass, Tan Hill and the Cote de Grinton Moor


This ride shows off the beauty of Wensleydale and Swaledale and follows much of the 2014 Tour de France day 1 route, including Buttertubs Pass and the glorious view (pic) looking down towards Swaledale. The lunch stop will be at the Tan Hill Inn, the highest pub in Britain! Return to Hawes via barren Grinton Moor passing the impressive Castle Bolton and Aysgarth waterfalls on the way.

Overnight stay in Hawes.

Day4

Ride 3.
63 km

Hawes to Ilkley via Fleet Moss and the Wharfe Valley


A morning ride returning to Ilkley via the renowned Fleet Moss climb (pic) and then following the Wharfe Valley from the source of the river all the way back down to Ilkley, via Kettlewell, Burnsall and Appletreewick.

Depart mid afternoon to allow time for the travel home

What's Included?


Day/Night

3 days cycling

3 nights B&B accommodation
(bathroom and shower en suite) in carefully selected hotels/guest houses of character

Support

Meet & Greet
from member of the Yorkshire Velo Tours team on day 1

Luggage transfer between overnight stops

Info

Directions
Quality weather proof route map & GPX files for SatNav devices

Tour notes
Outline of each days ride, including great cafes to stop at on route

Emergency contact number

Extras

Custom Length
You can change the number of riding days to suit your requirements

Bike Hire
Road, hybrid and e-bikes available for hire from local specialist


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

Lunch and dinner are not included

Dales & Moors - Yorkshire Velo Tours | UK Cycling Tours, Rides, Routes and Group Events in Yorkshire
tour options:

1. Your Bespoke Cycling Tour 2. Yorkshire Dales Cycleway 3. Dales & Moors 4. Weekend In Wensleydale 5. Introduction to Yorkshire Dales Cycling


Our road cycling tours are for keen road cyclists of all abilities and we offer circular routes staying in different locations each evening as well as tours and day events based in our home town of Ilkley.


GRADE2

'Dales & Moors'

5 days / 4 nights

Self guided with luggage transportation

£511per personShared twin/double £632per personSingle room
Price per person for groups of 4+ £450pp / £565pp

This tour's also available as an 8 day sightseeing leisure tour - click to find out more...

Outline


In response to request from guests, we are super excited to offer a brand new tour which features not only the Yorkshire Dales but also the Yorkshire Moors. You really will experience the full majesty of what Yorkshire has to offer!

Our standard tour is a circular route firstly venturing into the Dales covering some of the White Rose Classic route and the iconic Fleet Moss climb. The route then heads eastwards towards the imposing sight of the rugged and beautiful Moors. A day in the Moors follows and your route can be configured to include as many steep and challenging climbs and your body will stand. The absolute classic ‘Rosedale Chimney’ is a must!

Rather than a set route we will plan your route accordingly to your requirements in respect of mileage and amount of climbing. Riders will usually complete 60-130km per day.

Itinerary


Day1


Arrival


Arrive in Ilkley, check to the hotel with the opportunity to enjoy an evening in the town. Overnight stay in Ilkley.

Day2

Ride 1.
60-130 km

Ilkley to Hawes


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

We collect your luggage and transport it to the hotel in Hawes for your overnight stop

Route description: The key feature of the ride is the iconic Fleet Moss climb and the stunning approach to it through Yockenthwaite. We recommend your route to the climb would follow much of Ilkley Cycling Club’s famous ‘White Rose Classic’ route taking in Norwood Edge and over to Greenhow near Pateley Bridge. You will experience a real variety of scenery on this day and the final descent to Hawes in Wensleydale provides the just reward for your day’s efforts.

Enjoy an evening in the small town of Hawes with a nice choice of eating and drinking.

Day3

Ride 2.
60-130 km

Hawes to Thirsk


Today is a journey east towards the Moors, but first you get the chance to experience Buttertubs Pass as featured in the 2014 Tour de France. After descending into Swaledale, you have the choice of climbing again to the highest pub in England, Tan Hill Inn, or taking the valley road to Reeth. After some more climbing you descend onto the Vale of York for some relatively flat miles towards your overnight stay in the town of Thirsk, home of James Herriot!

Day4

Ride 3.
60-110 km

Thirsk to Helmsley


As you set off from Thirsk you’ll see the imposing sight of the North Yorkshire Moors ahead of you. There’s no easy way up onto the Moors, but there is a choice of climbs, all stunning. White Horse Bank or Boltby Bank will lead you upwards.

A clockwise loop then follows with as much climbing as you can take. The gradients are generally more severe than the Dales and come thick and fast. Gone are the dry stoned walls, replaced by baron moors of heather, which in bloom create a vast purple carpet across the landscape.

Your overnight stay will be in the Helmsley area and near the end of the day you cycle through Rosedale and the brave will tackle the legendary Rosedale Chimney climb with short section of 30% gradient.

Day5

Ride 4.
60-120 km

Helmsley to Ilkley


Today takes you back west towards your start point. Firstly enjoy a steady descent from the Moors through idyllic villages before hitting the Vale of York for some flat roads before the rolling hills start. You return to Ilkley via Ripon and then a choice of route featuring further classic climbs if you want them, including Hartwith Bank and Nought Bank road.

Arrive back in Ilkley late afternoon for departure, or add another night’s stay if you wish to relax in the town and celebrate your achievement!

What's Included?


Day/Night

4 days cycling

4 nights B&B accommodation
(bathroom and shower en suite) in carefully selected hotels/guest houses of character

Support

Meet & Greet
from member of the Yorkshire Velo Tours team on day 1

Luggage transfer between overnight stops

Info

Directions
Quality weather proof route map & GPX files for SatNav devices

Tour notes
Outline of each days ride, including great cafes to stop at on route

Emergency contact number

Extras

Custom Length
You can change the number of riding days to suit your requirements

Bike Hire
Road, hybrid and e-bikes available for hire from local specialist


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

Lunch and dinner are not included

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Yorkshire Dales Cycleway - Yorkshire Velo Tours | UK Cycling Tours, Rides, Routes and Group Events in Yorkshire
tour options:

1. Your Bespoke Cycling Tour 2. Yorkshire Dales Cycleway 3. Dales & Moors 4. Weekend In Wensleydale 5. Introduction to Yorkshire Dales Cycling


Our road cycling tours are for keen road cyclists of all abilities and we offer circular routes staying in different locations each evening as well as tours and day events based in our home town of Ilkley.


GRADE2

'Yorkshire Dales Cycleway'

4 days / 3 nights

Self guided with luggage transportation

£399per personShared twin/double £485per personSingle room
Price per person for groups of 4+ £360pp / £440pp

This tour's also available as a 7 day sightseeing leisure tour - click to find out more...

"We visited practically every dale in the book - including Wharfedale, Swaledale, Dentdale, Coverdale & Wensleydale and cycled round the back of the Howgill Fells. A super weekend that will suit all Club cyclists"

Tamworth Cycling Club, July 2019

Outline


This tour allows you to experience the extended Yorkshire Dales Cycleway. The existing route was extended in 2016 and now takes in a stunning section along the side of the Howgill Fells and through the Westmorland Dales, before heading up to the highest pub in Britain at Tan Hill. The tour starts in Skipton (or Ilkley) and is a 250km clockwise circular tour of Yorkshire Dales.

The tour covers the route in 3 days, an average of 83km miles cycling each day, a feast of cycling for keen road cyclists.

You will experience challenging climbs, many included in the UK’s 100 Climbs book by Simon Warren, as well as iconic and breathtaking roads, many used in the Tour de France and the Tour de Yorkshire. The number of days can be varied if required, for example, a real challenge would be to ride the route in 2 days, or alternatively you may want to reduce the average km per day and complete it over 4 or 5 days.

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 chosen small hotels of character in small villages, with typical Yorkshire Dales facilities including good food options and pubs of real Yorkshire character.


Itinerary


Day1


Arrival


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)

Day2

Ride 1.
89 km

Skipton/Ilkley to Dent


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

We collect your luggage and transport it to the hotel in Dent for your overnight stop

Route description: Only a few kilometres into the ride you will crest the ‘Cote de Barden Moor’ (used in the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire) and get a fabulous view of the Yorkshire Dales, which will certainly whet your appetite for what’s to come! You then experience a section of beautiful Wharfedale before heading to the iconic Malham Cove. You climb the famous ‘Cove Road’ and take in the view of the rock face of the Cove as well as the ‘limestone pavements’. The route then takes you through the market town of Settle and onto to Ingleton before taking a delightful quiet road to your overnight stop in the secluded village of Dent.

Day3

Ride 2.
87 km

Dent to Reeth


We collect your luggage and transport it to the hotel in Reeth

Route description: Today you get to the furthest reach of the Dales and the ride starts with glorious views of the Howgill Fells as you head up to Orton, with its famous cafe, pub and chocolate factory! A superb section of road follows as you head east via Kirkby Stephen to the Tan Hill Inn, the highest pub in England. A real treat follows with a long descent down to delightful village of Reeth for the overnight stay.

Day4

Ride 3.
74 km

Reeth to Skipton/Ilkley


We collect your luggage and transport it back to the start, for your collection later in the day

Route description: You are now back on the original Cycleway and enjoy a classic ride today taking in 4 of Yorkshire’s finest valleys: Swaledale, Wensleydale, Coverdale and Wharefdale. Start the ride on a climb used in the 2014 Tour de France, the Cote de Grinton Moor which takes you over to Wensleydale. A slight detour will take you past the breathtaking Aysgarth Falls before heading over to Coverdale, a real ‘hidden gem’ of a valley. You wind your way up to the top of the ‘Cote de Park Rash’ as it was named in the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire and descend into the village of Kettlewell, famous for its annual scarecrow festival! It’s now a rolling valley ride back to the start down the Wharfe Valley through Grassington, Burnsall and Bolton Abbey, past the spectacular 12th century priory.

Arrive back at the start / depart, or maybe stay one more night to enjoy a celebratory dinner and drink in Skipton or Ilkley.

What's Included?


Day/Night

3 days cycling
in the Yorkshire Dales

3 nights B&B accommodation
(bathroom and shower en suite) in carefully selected hotels/guest houses of character

Support

Meet & Greet
from members of the Yorkshire Velo Tours team on day 1

Luggage transfer between overnight stops

Info

Directions
Quality weather proof route map & GPX files for SatNav devices

Tour notes
Outline of each days ride, including great cafes to stop at on route

Emergency contact number

Extras

Custom Length
You can change the number of riding days, either 2 days or 4+ days

Bike Hire
Road, hybrid and e-bikes available for hire from local specialist


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

Lunch and dinner are not included

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Your Bespoke Cycling Tour - Yorkshire Velo Tours | UK Cycling Tours, Rides, Routes and Group Events in Yorkshire
tour options:

1. Your Bespoke Cycling Tour 2. Yorkshire Dales Cycleway 3. Dales & Moors 4. Weekend In Wensleydale 5. Introduction to Yorkshire Dales Cycling



'Your Bespoke Cycling Tour'

days / nights

£ P.O.Aper personShared twin/double

"Charles listened to what we wanted to do then tailored the route perfectly, giving us an excellent two days cycling in the Dales. He even managed to arrange sunny weather in November! Highly recommend Yorkshire Velo Tours"

Paul Tynan, November 2020

Outline


The majority of our clients ask us to either devise a tour to their specific requirements or vary one of our existing packages.

If you a want tour that features all the famous climbs, we can do this for you. By contrast we could also provide you with a tour that mainly stays in the valleys, although to get from one to another will always involve some climbing!

We can also include the picturesque villages in the Yorkshire Dales, for example a recent visitor from Alaska wanted to stop locations used in the TV series ‘All creatures great and small’!


Getting Started


More often than not, a short telephone call is really useful in scoping a tour, allowing us to get the key info to come up with options for you to consider. However, please also use the contact form and supply as much of the following info as you can:

Length of stay (number of over night stays)

Number of days cycling

Date options (if possible)

Fixed base or point to point tour

Number of people

Miles per day (remember, most of Yorkshire is hilly!)

Type of accommodation: B&B/small hotel or something more luxurious.

Any other specific requests, eg particular locations to visit or famous climbs you would like to ride

Request a bespoke tour now, and we will come back with options for you within 48 hours.


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