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Yorkshire Dales Cycleway

Yorkshire Dales Cycleway

Extraordinary beauty of this iconic National Park

  • A classic circular bike ride of the inspiring Yorkshire Dales
  • Take in the characters of different valleys, such as Wharfedale, Swaledale, Coverdale & Wensleydale
  • Some challenging climbs, and some extraordinary views
  • Beautiful villages with lots of history and small stone-built towns
  • Great pubs - and perhaps the best beer in the UK
  • Friendly accommodations
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Start & Finish: Skipton

Day 1: Arrival in Skipton
Day 2: From Skipton to Malham
Day 3: From Malham to Settle
Day 4: From Settle to Dent
Day 5: From Dent to Askrigg
Day 6: From Askrigg to Redmire
Day 7: From Redmire to Kettlewell
Day 8: From Kettlewell to Skipton
Day 9: End of arrangements

Day 1:    Arrival in Skipton

Make your own way to Skipton. Picture perfect and without a stone out of place, the literal meaning of the name is sheep-town.

Day 2:    From Skipton to Malham

Introducing the moors, hills, rivers and dales of Yorkshire, your cycle ride gets underway from Skipton. You pass charming Appletreewick, essentially a medieval village with gorgeous stone cottages reflecting the limestone nature of the surrounding geology. Then, continue cycling along the river as it flows through Burnsall, a dramatic village with an imposing stone bridge. Have a riverside break here before ascending Elberton Hill, your last major climb of the day before a gentle downhill to join the River Aire, and continue up through Kirkby Malham to reach the popular village of Malham.

Day 3:    From Malham to Settle

A cycle ride deep into the Yorkshire Dales is scheduled for today. Prepare for about 15km (9.3 miles) of wild and remote riding before you reach the first village. Ride up Malham Rakes to the waters of the Malham Tarn glacier. Here you can enjoy a leisurely route over moorland before descending to Stainforth, the former Stony Ford. Following the river, the cycle route takes you through the old milling village of Langcliffe before reaching Settle.

Day 4:    From Settle to Dent

A day of riding, passing limestone caves and waterfalls and a leg-testing amount of elevation gain. The cycle route follows gentle hills through peaceful countryside to the village of Clapham. You may be ready for a coffee before you continue riding into Ingleton, a pretty village which has a beautiful gorge and waterfall walk. To do this just lock up your bike and spend a couple of hours exploring. From here the route heads up into the glacially formed Kingsdale Valley. At last you roll down into Dentdale and Dent village.

Day 5:    From Dent to Askrigg

The day starts with a steep climb through following the river Dee. Enjoy great views from your saddle over rolling fells. You reach the high point of the day at 435m/1,4 feet from where the route becomes much easier. 
Cycle to Gayle and visit The Wensleydale Creamery. They have been making this kind of cheese since around 1150. After this break, you cross over the river Ure and follow a quiet road which runs parallel to it. A final relaxing stretch takes you cycling through Bainbridge, a village with extensive greens and cascading river, to finally arrive in Askrigg. This is a Viking settlement, which name means The ridge where ash trees grow.

Day 6:    From Askrigg to Redmire

Today there are two big hills to take on with your bike. The first one is from Askrigg to Cross Top (495m /1,6 feet) with up to a 15% gradient at times. Once over this, there is a gorgeous descent down into the valley of the river Swale. The old lead mining village of Gunnerside is a potential stop for a coffee and cake although it is slightly off the route. You continue cycling along the river until Grinton with a popular pub and historic church that is known as the Cathedral of the Dales. Then comes your next steep climb back up to 450m/1,47 feet to cross Grinton Moor. Now it's down into Redmire.

Day 7:    From Redmire to Kettlewell

Another hilly bike ride through postcard perfect landscapes and villages. The first place you cycle to is the historic village called Wensley, the place name for the Dale. After a look round, cross over the river Ure and climb along Gale Bank, which has beautiful woodlands and dry-stone lined roads. You cycle through glorious Coverdale now following the river Cover as it carves through the landscape threading its way through some tiny villages. Finally you ascend the Park Rash climb which averages 11% and climbs 230 metres. Be careful on the descent into Kettlewell, a gorgeous village by the river Wharfe with quaint tea shops and limestone terraces.

Day 8:    From Kettlewell to Skipton

Your last stage of this Yorkshire cycling holiday, despite a bit of climbing, is a much easier day. You continue with the river along Wharfedale. Cycle via Conistone to Grassington passing by Grass Wood Nature Reserve brimming with limestone scars and thick woodland. The Old Hall here is reputedly the oldest house in Yorkshire and the village is an excellent place to stop for lunch with a range of tea rooms and cafes.
Next, cross over the river and wind your way cycling through the countryside, passing more villages and perhaps a final fantastic break-spot at Bolton Abbey. There is a final hill to Halton East, before you reach Embsay and then cycle back to the starting point in Skipton.

Day 9:    End of arrangements
The Yorkshire Dales Cycleway ends after breakfast when you depart your accommodation.

There is a variety of accommodation along the Yorkshire Dales Cycleway route ranging from bed & breakfasts, lodges, pubs and small hotels. They are run by cycling-friendly hosts offering en-suite or private facility rooms with a tasty breakfast to get you ready for the day ahead. Further facilities such as washing and drying facilities and packed lunches are available in some accommodations, you will be advised on your listing of what is available. 


This cycling program in the Yorkshire Dales can be booked any day between March and October, subject to availability

The nearest airport is Leeds/Bradford, approximately 20 miles away. It is possible to get to Skipton by bus or taxi from here.

Manchester airport is approx. 2.5hrs away by train to/from Skipton. 

Getting to/from Skipton

From London King's Cross there are up to two trains an hour to Skipton with a change at Leeds. It takes 3-3.45 hours.

From Manchester Airport there are also up to two trains an hour to Skipton, changing at Leeds. It takes around 2.30 hours.

Trains also run from Scotland, Glasgow and Edinburgh via Carlisle and sometimes Leeds taking 3.15-5.45hrs.

See nationalrail.co.uk for timetables and planning. We advise to book tickets and reserve a seat (and a bike) in advance. In addition to getting a seat, they will also be cheaper than requesting them at the last minute.



Hull is only 60miles (100km) away and it takes approximately 90 minutes for a taxi to drive to/from Skipton. Daily services run between Hull - Rotterdam (NL) and Hull - Zeebrugge (BE).  

Liverpool has ferry connections with Belfast (NI) and Dublin (IE) and it takes approximately 2 hours for a taxi to drive to/from Skipton. 

Contact us about the option to hire an e-bike on this trip

GPS tracks are available on request



  • 8 nights' accommodation (hotels, inns, guesthouses, and B&Bs)
  • 8 breakfasts
  • One piece of luggage per person transferred between accommodations, not exceeding 20kg
  • Detailed route descriptions (digital and printed at 1st accommodation)
  • 24-hour telephone assistance

Not included

  • Dinner, lunch and drinks
  • Bike hire
  • Any entrance fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to the start and from the end point of the trip
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Unscheduled transfers required during the trip


  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo traveller Supplement
  • Bike rental, eg. hybrid bikes, e-bike etc.
  • Packed lunches can be booked and paid for on arrival at your accommodation

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