Yorkshire is the largest county in Britain with a population greater than Scotland. It enjoys an exceptional variety of landscapes, from the flatlands of the east and the rolling valleys of the Wolds, through to more hillier areas such as the Dales and North York Moors.
It's the home of beautiful market towns such as Beverly, Helmsley, Whitby and Skipton, and of course the magnificent medieval city of York.
Wherever you go, you’ll find quiet lanes winding their way through glorious countryside and jaw-dropping terrain. That’s why the Tour de France chose to start here in 2014 and the UCI Road World Championships were also staged here in 2019. Whether you’ve worn the yellow jersey or have only recently graduated from stabilizers, Yorkshire has something for you.
Our classic routes take full advantage of the county’s rich network of roads and trails, linking World Heritage sites such as Fountain’s Abbey and Castle Howard with other historical gems, ensuring every ride gives you a unique experience on every day of your tour.
The North York Moors are one of the best kept secrets in cycling. Pedal over thick moorland and through little-known valleys hiding ruined castles and abbeys, through deep forests and deserted country lanes before emerging onto the rugged coastal cliffs overlooking the bracing North Sea.
This route stretches the entire breadth of England, allowing you to dip your wheels in both the Irish and North Seas as you cross the country from west to east, through the stunning Yorkshire Dales, Nidderdale and Yorkshire Wolds.
The Yorkshire Dales has always been a world-class cycling destination and we’ve designed this challenging yet spectacular loop which captures countless highlights, mixing famous towns and landmarks with stunning scenery and a fascinating variety of wildlife.
This blissfully stress-free loop is overflowing with nature and history. It’s a route for those who want solitude and silence, and is as easy on your legs as it is on your heart. Wind your way through a subtly shifting tapestry of landscapes under some of the biggest skies in Britain.
From the South – the M1 and A1 provide excellent links.
From the South West – The M5 and M42 both link to the M1.
From Wales – Use motorway connections from the M6 from North Wales and the M4 from South Wales.
From the Midlands – The M6 provides links to the M62, which takes you right through the centre of Yorkshire. Alternatively, the M1 provides excellent access from the Midlands.
From the North West – The M62 runs right through the centre of Yorkshire and connects to the A1, which spans the county from north to south.
From the North East – The A1 serves as the main route into Yorkshire.
From Scotland – Access to Yorkshire is easy via the A1 from Edinburgh.
National Express coaches operate regular, direct services from London to the cities of York, Leeds, Sheffield, Doncaster and Hull. Once in Yorkshire, there are many local bus and coaches services available.
Three international airports are situated within Yorkshire itself, although Teeside and Manchester International Airports are also viable options for cyclists jetting in to explore the routes on offer.
High-speed trains from London to cities of York, Leeds, Sheffield, Doncaster and Hull can take less than two hours. Yorkshire’s towns and cities are also easy to get to from other parts of the country.
CrossCountry offer regular services from across South West England and the Midlands.
First Hull, Grand Central and LNER all offer fast and frequent trains from London.
Northern Rail services the entire county and East Midlands.
First TransPennine Express offer direct services from Liverpool, Manchester (and Manchester International Airport), Newcastle and Middlesbrough.
Onwards connections can be made onto Yorkshire’s extensive regional train network.
Hull is the main ferry port in Yorkshire, with P&O offering quick and regular routes from Rotterdam and Zeebrugge. Further afield, there are several ports that connect Europe with Britain.