With the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire getting underway next month, we’ve noticed lots of avid cyclists out on the roads of our beautiful county – training for the big day perhaps! If you want to get out on your bike and you live in Yorkshire, take a look at our top resources for cycling routes in your area.
Cycle Calderdale is an excellent site covering Todmorden, Hebden Bridge Sowerby Bridge and Brighouse – stunning Yorkshire scenery that takes you from industry to moor in the course of a single ride. The routes are split up into experience level, so families, mountain bikers, triathletes and road bikers will all find something suitable. We really like this route for families and beginners that takes in several lock gates and a nature reserve.
In East Yorkshire our top bike ride has to be the Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route, a circular route which takes in Beverley, Pocklington, Malton and Bridlington. At 146 miles long it’s not for the faint-hearted, but with plenty of accommodation lining the route it would make for a great short break.
For our favourite North Yorkshire cycle route, we had to pick the Cote de Kidstones from Cycle The Dales. It follows the same route the Tour de France took, with a climb up Kidstones Pass. If you’re looking for a challenge this 26 mile route is certainly it!
We have the Yorkshire Post to thank for our top West Yorkshire route. The Aire Valley towpath goes from Leeds to Bingley, taking in Shipley, Saltaire, Apperley Bridge and Kirkstall, with loads to see along the route. If you’re tired out at the end of your 17 miles, you can get the train back to the start!