Mountain Biking Yorkshire Dales National Park
Single / Double
Any Start Date from February to November.
An exhilarating self-guided short break cycling in the Yorkshire Dales National Park in Northern England. Includes 2 nights bed and breakfast accommodation, 2 days cycling with route guides and maps. PLEASE NOTE: The only meal included in the tour price is breakfast.
This short break cycling tour includes either challenging off-road trails or fantastic on-road circular routes around the Yorkshire dales. One of our National Parks these rolling hills and dales give some of the best biking in England. Each day you will have a choice of route to tackle, this can be as easy or as difficult as you like. There are some spectacular on-road circular routes, including some easy off-road sections, on quite country lanes and roads along the valley bottoms. Or for the more adventurous some very challenging off-road trails, over the hill tops on moorland tracks with some exhilarating downhill sections. Based in the middle of the Yorkshire dales you will experience some of the most beautiful countryside in Northern England, with opportunities to call in to some of the many quant country pubs along the way. Nearly all the pubs and Inns in the dales sell Real Ale Beers and you will have plenty of opportunity to sample them. This is an ideal long weekend break for couples of differing levels of fitness and ability, as you will be able to meet up for lunch and of course at the end of each day.
START and FINISH: Reeth in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, Northern England.
ARRIVAL DAY: At Reeth. Your accommodation is in the market town of Reeth in the Yorkshire Dales, Northern England.
DAY ONE: A circular ride to Marske and back to Reeth. Distance approx 20 miles (30 km). After breakfast you set out into the beautiful Yorkshire Dales starting with a nice easy decent to the river Swale. The route takes you along quiet country roads lined by dry stone walls through lush green farmland. There is a choice of routes, one that continues along the river valley on minor roads, while the other is a stiff climb on a single track road up the side of the valley. Both routes lead to the pretty little village of Marske, with options for some off-road riding on some of the bridleways through this beautiful countryside. Overnight in Reeth, you’ll find the town has a choice of places to enjoy an evening dining out. Overnight: Reeth, North Yorkshire, England.
DAY TWO: A circular route to Keld and back to Reeth. Distance approx 24 miles (38 km). Once again there is a choice of route, riding mainly on-road along the valley bottoms or on some exhilarating off-road trails up and down the beautiful North Yorkshire Dales. The route takes you through pretty villages like Low Row, Gunnerside and Muker giving you opportunities to regroup and stop for refreshments or lunch. There are many trails in this area that can be enjoyed by all levels of biking ability. An extra night can be arranged if you would prefer to travel home the following morning.
RAIL TRAVEL from LONDON to DARLINGTON and REETH (NOT included in tour price). The nearest rail station is Darlington. This is served by frequent trains from London (Kings Cross). You will require a bus to Richmond (every 30 minutes) and then a taxi to Reeth.
RAIL TRAVEL from REETH and DARLINGTON to LONDON (NOT included in tour price). The nearest rail station is Darlington. You will require a taxi to Richmond and then a regular bus service to Darlington. There are very frequent trains to London.
ARRIVING and DEPARTING by EUROLINES or NATIONAL EXPRESS COACH: This is by far the cheapest option for long-distance travel in England, Scotland, and Wales. There are very convenient buses from each major airport. National Express carries over 16 million passengers to 1000 different places in the UK every year, and thousands more from destinations across Europe and Ireland. You can purchase an e-Ticket where you print your travel ticket online in a matter of minutes OR you can obtain an m-Ticket and have your travel ticket sent to your mobile phone - no paper ticket required. You then present this to the driver on arrival.
ARRIVING BY CAR: Please ask for details.
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GRADE B or D cycling: Between 22 - 26 miles (35 - 42kms) a day. The routes can be principally flat rides or very challenging with steep hills to climb. We recommend that clients bring their own bicycle equipment helmets, shoes and clothing. We can arrange for the hire of this, if required. The cost would be about £50. You will start cycling about 10am and finish at approx. 4pm. These grades are for guidance only and will depend on weather conditions and your fitness.