Inspired by this year’s Tour de Yorkshire? Here are seven of the best bicycle rides on the Yorkshire Coast and North York Moors National Park:
Best adventure for roadies
Follow Le Tour de Yorkshire. One of the most significant events in the international cycling calendar (and one of Britain’s most popular road races), Le Tour de Yorkshire has travelled through the heart of the Yorkshire Coast and North York Moors area during its most challenging stages for three years running, including six king of the mountain climbs, and a grand finale in Scarborough’s North Bay. The best adventure, though, is not retracing the Tour itself, but journeying and looping through the miles of stunning cycling countryside that surrounds the epic route – with tranquil, almost traffic-free country lanes, a network of rollercoaster prepared trails and some of Britain’s most challenging climbs.
Best for dedicated downhillers
Try the World Cup Trail at Dalby Forest. One of Britain’s best and largest mountain biking centres, Dalby Forest features over 70km of cycling routes extending across an epic 8,000 acres, with a specialist bike park featuring jumps and pump track. Dalby Bike Barn provides a huge range of support services, and skills sessions (and also plenty of activities for any non-cyclists in the family, including Gruffalo trails for tiny adventurers).
Best ‘top of the world’ cycling (and family cycling)
Sutton Bank National Park Centre has grown into one of the best moorland centres for cyclists, with ‘top of the world’ cycling on family-friendly, purpose-built trails connected to a vast network of bridleways and quiet country lanes, and a friendly ‘support team’ at Sutton Bank Bikes.
Best all-round adventure
A new moorland bike centre will be opening in late Spring 2017 – the Yorkshire Cycle Hub in Fryup Dale. It’s located at the centre of a network of popular on and off-road cycling routes, with luxury glamping and camping pods, bike hire and shop, and will also have a café offering a Fryup breakfast.
Best coastal rollercoaster
The 21-mile Cinder Track (part of Sustrans National Route 1) gently meanders along the most stunning section of the Yorkshire Coast and North York Moors. An old railway line has been transformed into a traffic-free, off-road trail – with a few ‘coastal contours’ – passing smuggling villages, craggy coves and golden beaches, and giant historic landmarks.
Best ‘wild’ off-road
Hire a friendly local guide – like the experts from Gone Mountain Biking – to make the most of Britain’s best ‘wild’ and year-round trail-riding in the North York Moors National Park, including the country’s finest ridge riding along Rudland Rigg, and also some of the best moorland downhill singletrack, with favourite routes around Danby, Westerdale, Goathland, Rosedale Abbey and the Hole of Horcum – the north’s Grand Canyon.
Best for kings of the mountain
For breath-taking views and breathless rides, the Yorkshire Coast and North York Moors boast some of Britain’s toughest climbs, regularly attracting the country’s cycling elite (and bewildered bystanders). Top of the list is infamous Rosedale Chimney at Rosedale Abbey with a 1:3 gradient, or Carlton Bank (30%), White Horse Bank (25%), or Boltby Bank (20%).
For more information about booking a holiday on the Yorkshire Coast & North York Moors, visitwww.discoveryorkshirecoast.com and www.yorkshire.com, or talk to the friendly, dedicated team at the Tourism Bureau on T: 01723 383636 or E: firstname.lastname@example.org, open all year (except 24-26 December and 1 January).