The Yorkshire Dales National Park has always been a favourite destination for British cyclists. It mixes famous scenic landmarks, towns and valleys with hidden geographical gems and rarely visited villages into a perfect recipe for riding.
Distance: 209 km
Terrain: Country roads
Starting point: Skipton
Finish point: Skipton
Difficulty Rating: ***
Malham is situated in the midst of the spectacular limestone scenery of the Yorkshire Dales, including the world famous Malham Cove.
See this stunning Victorian engineering structure of Ribblehead Viaduct on the Settle to Carlisle railway line.
Enjoy a Taste of Yorkshire at Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre based at Hawes, in Wensleydale, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Don't forget this is also Wallace's favourite cheese!
A perfect stopping point to recharge on your cycling holiday
Nestled in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales on the banks of the River Wharfe, Bolton Abbey is Yorkshire’s best day out. Its landscape is the “jewel in the crown” of Yorkshire’s many landscapes. 30,000 acres of beautiful countryside boast over 80 miles of footpaths to walk and explore.
Starting in the market town of Skipton conveniently close to motorways and airports, you’re rolling along narrow, almost deserted rural roads bordered with trademarked stone walls straight away.
Even the first few km rises up past dramatic crags opening up panoramic views over delicious dairy diners, steam railways, award winning restaurants and a beautiful ruined abbey that’ll be waiting for you on your return leg.
Explore the Dales whilst passing Malham Cove. A horseshoe of limestone cliff and waterfall that’s an iconic ‘must see’ of the Dales and is totally unique.
Hawes is renowned the world over as the home of Wallace and Gromit’s Wensleydale cheese that’s celebrated in a rich variety of officially cycle friendly local eateries, cafes and pubs. As well as busy stores and an excellent bike shop you’ll also find rope museums and restored mills showcasing the hard working history of this ruggedly handsome Dales dynamo.
From here you follow the sunny northern side of pastoral Wensleydale before hopping over into rockier, quieter but still breathtakingly beautiful Swaledale.
An incredible amphitheatre of distant views and detailed beauty that sums up everything that’s wonderful about the Dales. You’ll certainly be glad you came up the easy way as you corkscrew down into Kettlewell for refreshments then cruise on down Wensleydale’s deserted side roads to the tiny but vibrant town of Grassington.
The stepping stones and dramatic ruins of Bolton Abbey, the luxury of the Devonshire arms, the huff and puff of the Embsay steam railway or the delicious ice creams and authentic diner experience of Billy Bob’s are all packed into the final few kilometres to Skipton where the decisions on where to stay, eat and relax start all over again!
Explore Skipton after a marvelous few days cycling and exploring the Yorkshire Dales.