Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights From £895
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It is with good reason that Yorkshire has been chosen as the host for the Tour de France Grand Depart and the World Cycling Championships. An extensive network of quiet roads offers the cyclist an amazing choice of routes, all set amidst the beautiful scenery of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Challenging climbs lead to outstanding views and memorable descents as you wind your way through hay meadows rich in wildflowers during the spring and summer months and enjoy the changing colours in autumn. This 5-day tour is a showcase of the region, taking in many of the roads used in Le Tour as you complete a full circuit of the Yorkshire Dales. Enjoy the classic climbs of Lofthouse and Greenhow Hill to the beautiful valleys of Wensleydale, Swaledale and Dentdale.
This price is based on a group of 4, prices will vary depending on group size. Please get in touch with our team to confirm the trip price for your group.
Your guide and “soigneur” will meet you at York train station mid-morning and then transfer for around one hour to the start point in Pateley Bridge. Having chatted through the details of the tour we’ll set out for a gentle warm-up spin through the scenic Nidderdale valley before we reach the village of Lofthouse. From here, Trapping Hill or the Cote de Lofthouse rears up as the first main climb of your tour. At an average grade of 9%, it’s a real test – one which most recently featured in the World Cycling Championships in 2019. On reaching the summit the day’s hard work is done and all that remains is a long downhill 6mi/10km cruise to the welcoming and historic market town of Masham.
Ride details: 27km/17 miles | Ascent: 451m/1,480ft
Enjoy a relaxed breakfast and an equally relaxed start on the bike following gently undulating roads alongside the River Ure. The village of Leyburn makes for a perfect espresso stop ready to tackle the first of the day’s four dales (or valleys). After an initial steep ascent, the route through Coverdale climbs to reach the summit on the shoulder of Great Whernside. Enjoy the magnificent views as you descend steeply to Wharfedale. At around halfway, the George Inn makes for a welcome and historic lunch stop in Hubberholme. From here it’s a steady climb up a peaceful valley before tackling one of the most challenging hills of the tour. Fleet Moss climbs over the highest road in Yorkshire, topping out at 600m with the occasional gradient of 15%+. From the top, your reward is a fun descent all the way to the overnight stop in the village of Hawes. (B)
Ride details: 70km/44 miles | Ascent: 1,263m/4,142ft
Today you’ll be riding on roads used in the Tour de France through the fantastic valleys of Wensleydale and Swaledale. For the first hour of the day, the riding is on fun rolling roads, which are mostly downhill as we follow the course of the River Ure. Then, heading away from the valley we turn left to climb past Castle Bolton which makes for an iconic photo stop before climbing over Grinton Moor (the final climb on Stage 1 of the 2014 Tour de France) and enjoy an awesome descent into Wensleydale. The charming village of Reeth makes for a perfect lunch stop before you continue climbing gently up the valley. In spring and summer, the meadows are alive with wildflowers as you wind your way through some of the most scenic landscapes in England. The adorable village of Muker makes for a lovely stop, perhaps refuelling on tea and scones before tackling the main climb of the day over Birkdale Common. From the summit, the mountains of the Lake District come into view and dominate the descent which leads to our overnight in Ravenstonedale. (B)
Ride details: 76km/47 miles | Ascent: 4,302m/1,311ft
After enjoying a relaxed breakfast this morning you’ll head south from Ravenstonedale. You will first reach Sedbergh which is officially known as “England’s Book Town” and then onwards to the delightful village of Dent with its cobbled streets and traditional architecture. Refuelled with coffee and cake, begin the long 4mi/7km climb up Dentdale. This is arguably the finest valley in the region. Here you’ll reach the summit of White Shaw Moss at 475m. An exhilarating cruise awaits, downhill for 6mi/10km to Ingleton. Enjoy lunch in one surrounded by Yorkshire’s scenic beauty before an afternoon of rolling roads to the Ribble Valley and the stage end in Settle. (B)
Ride details: 64km/40 miles | Ascent: 962m/3,157ft
Your final day is a classic taking in some of the Yorkshire Dales finest scenery and three major climbs. The day’s work starts right away with a climb over High Side to reach the village of Malham – home to a spectacular limestone cove which is well worth a short diversion. Grab a coffee in the village before climbing again with views across to Malham Cove as you ascend to Malham Tarn where the landmark hill of Pen-y-ghent dominates the skyline. Descend into Wharfedale passing the imposing Kilnsey Crag and follow a lovely lane into Grassington. The village is a delight and there are several choices for lunch; a local’s favourite being The Corner House. From Grassington, there’s one final ascent to tackle over Greenhow Hill before a steep and fast descent leads to Pateley Bridge to complete your Tour de Yorkshire. Transfer back to York or, better still, choose to stay one final night in Pateley Bridge. (B)
Ride details: 71km/44 miles | Ascent: 1,217m/3,995ft
This Itinerary includes 4 nights in 3 or 4-star standard accommodation ranging from cosy guesthouses, inns, small hotels, bed and breakfast – or perhaps even on working farms, all of which are the picture of warmth, comfort and rustic charm typical to northern England. Our accommodation partners are carefully handpicked for a number of factors – picturesque locations, very good facilities and a reputation for providing welcoming hospitality.
Accommodation will be reserved on a Bed & Breakfast basis, lunches and evening meals are not included. Local shops sell sandwiches and snacks for the day ahead. Many guesthouses will also be able to provide a packed lunch for you if you ask them the night before. In the evenings, meals can be taken in local restaurants, hotels or bars.
Single occupancy rooms are available for a small supplement. Please get in touch with the team to book.
Need a bike? See our bike hire page for details.
Make your own way to York Train Station where you will be met by your soigneur and transferred to your start point at Pateley Bridge for your bike fit, if renting, and to begin your adventure.
Either transfer back with your soigneur to York Train Station at the end of your trip or alternatively, choose to stay in Pateley for an extra night or two.
If you wish to add an extra day’s riding to your trip, we really recommend staying another night in Pateley Bridge for a night or two.
Accommodation Upgrades are available in some locations for a supplement and are subject to availability. Please note that choosing to upgrade the accommodation may mean additional transfers to and from the route at the beginning and end of each day.
On this fully supported cycling trip, you will be accompanied by a soigneur. Your soigneur is a qualified bike mechanic and will provide bike assistance and routine bike care throughout the trip. They will look after the logistics of the trip, while supporting you on the road, transferring luggage and passing on insights from the route as well as local area knowledge. While some professional cycling soigneurs offer massages this is not something that is included. Our Self-Guided+ trips are the perfect adventure for those who wish to travel at their own pace but with the professional support of an expert to take care of all the details.
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