Top 5 Yorkshire Cycling Routes

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Got a bike? Love Yorkshire? Then feast your eyes on these wheelly good cycling routes in Yorkshire! With the excitement for the Yorkshire Grand Depart increasing every day, we think it’s only fair you should know the best places to enjoy your own little grand depart and let’s be honest, Yorkshire’s a pretty grand place for a spot of cycling.

Getting you geared up for the Tour De France starts right here, right now with Superbreak’s Top 5 Yorkshire Cycling Routes. Ranging from biking beginners to serious cyclists, we’ve got the perfect trail for you!

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1. Cycle Route: Harrogate to Ripley

Distance: 4 miles
Points of Interest:
River Nidd
Ripley Lake
Nidd Gorge Viaduct

The Harrogate to Ripley trail offers you the perfect route for a leisurely bike ride in Yorkshire. At just 4 miles long, it’s ideal for new cyclists keen to join in all the biking fun. Running along the former Nidderdale Greenway railway line, this route is traffic free, provides safe crossings where needed and makes use of the seven-arch, grade 2 listed Nidd Gorge Viaduct.

Cyclists on this route will be able enjoy a peaceful and relaxed bike ride with spectacular views through Nidd Gorge Woodland ending at the tranquil Ripley Lake.

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The impressive railway viaduct over The River Nidd, Knaresborough

2. Cycle Route: York to Beningbrough

Distance: 10 miles
Points of Interest:
York Minster
Beningbrough Hall & Gardens

Starting in the beautiful and historical city of York just beside the River Ouse, you can bike your way to the glorious Beningbrough Hall and Gardens with this modest (but still impressive) 10 mile cycle route.

This trail is mostly traffic free, with just a few quiet lanes through idyllic villages to negotiate. Stopping at Overton or Shipton, you can enjoy some tasty pub grub or light refreshments before continuing onto your end destination, Beningbrough Hall. Boasting stunning gardens and parkland, this grand Georgian mansion is an added wow-factor for the end of your bike ride.

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Spectacular view of York Minster in the sun

3. Cycle Route: Scarborough to Whitby

Distance: 20 miles
Points of Interest:
Coastal views
Hayburn Wyke Cove
Boggle Hole
Ravenscar
Robin Hoods Bay

It may seem disconcerting that this cycle route starts in a Sainsbury’s car park, but fear not, this route has plenty to offer along its 20 miles. The Scarborough to Whitby Cycle Route promises an abundance of beautiful landscapes including views of the stunning coastlines and seaside towns.

Once an old railway line, cyclists are able to add a bit of history to their trip by stopping at the original station platforms at Ravenscar and Hayburn Wyke. You’ll also find a scenic cove near Hayburn Wyke where two waterfalls spill out directly onto the beach for a picture perfect sight!

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Picturesque and tranquil scenes of Whitby harbour

4. Cycle Route: Yorkshire Wolds

Distance: 146 miles
Points of Interest:
Burton Agnes Hall
North Beach, Bridlington
Burnby Hall Gardens, Pocklington
Millington Wood Nature Reserve, Pocklington

Now this route is where we separate the novice cyclers from the cycling enthusiasts! With a distance of 146 miles, it’s not for the faint hearted but perfect for someone in search of a cycling challenge. The Yorkshire Wolds cycle route takes you on a circular journey with rolling hills, amazing coastlines and inspiring landscapes.

Cycling from Beverley to Market Weighton, Pocklington and Malton, then across to Bridlington and back through Driffield, you’ll discover an astounding 47 East-Riding towns and villages with plenty of exciting foodie places to choose from.

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Keep your eye out for cycle trail signage just like this Yorkshire Wolds one!

5. Cycle Route: Way of the Roses

Distance: 170 miles
Points of Interest:
Lancaster Castle
White Scar Cave, Ingleton
Malham Cove
Linton Falls
Ripley Castle
York Minster
Burton Agnes Hall
Flamborough Lighthouse, Bridlington

Travel from coast to coast with this challenging Way of the Roses Cycle Route. Built in celebration of the 15 year long National Cycle Network, cyclists will put their endurance and stamina to the test on this 170 mile long bike from Morecambe to Bridlington. Cyclists will experience a variety of terrains from on-road cycle lanes to quieter country paths, as well as travelling through 10 towns, a variety of heritage sites and beautiful English countryside.

Experiencing both the red rose county of Lancashire and the white rose county of Yorkshire makes this cycle route a unique and noteworthy achievement for cyclists of all standards. Just remember to photograph the Way of the Roses signs on the west and east coast for the perfect memento after your mammoth coast to coast cycle challenge.

Get some top tips on what to do and where to go during the 2015 Tour de Yorkshire right here!

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