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Cycling in Yorkshire

Cycling has always been popular in Yorkshire, following the starring role (almost) in the Tour De France, we now have our very our Tour De Yorkshire. It's not all about the professionals though, Yorkshire has cycle routes to all levels and ages, and all types of bikes.  From black mountain bike trails to family friendly routes along old railway tracks.  The Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors offer road cycling on quiet roads as well as many mountain bike and off road routes, plus some purpose made routes at Dalby Forest and  Stainburn Forest. 

Several national cycle routes also cross the region, and many accommodation establishments are cycle friendly in the region.

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Cycle Routes

York to Selby Cycle Route:
A scale model of the Solar System is spread out along 6.4 miles, a little over 10 km, of the old East Coast main-line railway, the full route from York city to Selby is 15 mile. It is a gently mainly flat and mainly traffic free. For more details
Cycle the solar system

Dalby Forest
Has several waymarked cycle trails, some suitable for all the family, through to black runs for experts. There is also Pace Bike Park at Dixon's Hollow. For experienced riders this track has table tops and rythm bumps. There is also a visitor centre, shop and cafe and bikes can be hired. Free cycle maps are available from the visitor centre.

Guisborough Forest
Has a black run for experienced riders and a more moderate blue run for novices. This along with dalby forest is managed by the Forestry commission. In bad weather the run may be closed, check there website for details and directions. Forestry Commission

Pennine Bridleway
This National trail is still being completed but there are currently 43 miles in Yorkshire, including the 47 mile Mary Towneley Loop in the southern pennines and the 10 mile Settle Loop.

Pedal and Puff
is an initative of the North York Moors, combining a ride on the North Yorkshire Moors with a bike ride. A leaflet describing three routes acn be purchased from the North Yorkshire Moors National park shop for just 50p.

Yorkshire Cycling Events

Tour De Yorkshire

1st to 3rd May

  • Stage 1 on Friday 1st May will start in Bridlington and finish in Scarborough - 174km 
  • Stage 2 on Saturday 2nd May will start in Selby and finish in York - 174km 
  • Stage 3 on Sunday 3rd May will start in Wakefield and finish in Leeds - 167km 

Sheffield Cycle Festival

25th May
2015 will see the very first Sheffield Cycle Show come to the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre on Bank Holiday Monday 25th May. This brand new event is a celebration of cycling in the city of Sheffield and surrounding areas.