This blissfully stress free, lazy loop is overflowing with nature and history.
This is a route for those who want solitude and silence but still be able to roll into warm welcomes and unique places to stay, eat or explore around almost every corner.
With the highest point of the whole route only 250m above sea level it’s as relaxing on your legs as it is on your heart and head but it still carries you through a subtly shifting tapestry of landscapes under some of the biggest skies in Britain.
Distance: 237 km
Terrain: Quiet country roads, market towns and coastal views
Starting point: Beverley or Pocklington
Finish point: Beverley or Pocklington
Difficulty Rating: ***
At the heart of the UK’s largest seabird colony, Bempton Cliffs is one the country’s top wildlife spectacles. Nearly half a million seabirds swooping, soaring and screeching around towering chalk cliffs on the spectacular Yorkshire coast.
Photo Credit: James Walker
There is something about the charm of Sledmere which has captivated visitors for over 200 years. Carefully designed by Sir Christopher Sykes, 2nd Baronet, and nurtured by successive generations, this very special place brings new devotees every year.
The riverside ruins of an Augustinan Priory, picturesquely set in the beautiful Derwent valley near the Yorkshire Wolds.
Castle Howard is one of Britain’s finest historic houses, situated just outside York in the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
From the world's greatest treasures to the smallest curiosities, York Minster is one of the world's most magnificent cathedrals, with foundations rooted in the nation's earliest history. Explore a masterpiece in stained glass and stone, its vast spaces alive with the sanctity and tradition of worship and heavenly music.
Arrive in the heart of York itself where you can experience every age of England within its ancient walls. With so much to see and so many places to eat and stay whatever your tastes you’re sure to be suitably refreshed before you start the Wolds Cycle Route.
Either stay in York for the night or head to Pocklington to begin the route.
Malton is a market town that’s provided a welcome for travellers from at least Roman times and is now ‘Yorkshire’s food capital’. A multi award winning foodie oasis busy with local stores, bakeries, butchers, micro breweries, distilleries and restaurants as well as wonderful places to stay should you eat to much to ride further. With stunning attractions such as Castle Howard and Eden camp museum just a few km away, plus food festivals and events throughout the year it’s a great base to take a rest from the bike.
Enjoy cycling through the fertile farmland and hills of the Wolds. It’s easy to see why the Wolds were one of the first parts of Britain to be settled in prehistoric times given the landscape you will cycle through.
Nature lovers should definitely divert again to the RSPB sanctuary of Bempton cliffs where gulls, razorbills and puffins share precarious nests with gannets gliding in from far offshore. Stop at Sewerby Hall, recently restored to it’s Edwardian elegance.
The long beaches of Bridlington give you chance to get sand on your tyres or between your toes at a traditional English seaside town then its back inland, reversing the Way of the roses route through beautiful Burton Agnes to Driffield.
Driffield is another charming market town where Wolds produce was shipped down the canal to Hull and the rest of the world and which now waits to welcome visitors on bike or boat.
From here the route heads home in typical Wolds style. Rarely straight, but unspoilt and almost effortless as it stitches tranquil farm roads between beautifully kept villages with tall spires, curving Dutch influenced brickwork and gates of grand homes.
You can join and leave the circular journey of the Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route anywhere around its loop, stretch it to start or finish in York or Hull and travel in either direction. Your tour operator will adapt the itinerary depending on your requirements.
Time to head home after a wonderful Wolds adventure.