The Yorkshire Dales offers a memorable cycling holiday as the scenery is so diverse from the remoteness of the northern dales, Swaledale and Arkengarthdale, with heather moors, meandering valleys and wild flower meadows. To the rolling farmland of the easterly dales, picturesque villages, dry stone walls and market towns.
What’s more, the Yorkshire Dales has some of the best climbs in England. Many cyclists who have entered challenges choose the Yorkshire Dales as a training spot – including one of the UK’s best cyclists Sir Bradley Wiggins. Climbs include the infamous Buttertubs pass between Hawes and Muker, the Fleet Moss climb from Hawes to Kettlewell, Grinton Moor from Grinton to Leyburn and the Coal Road from Garsdale to Dentdale. With these legendary climbs it came as no surprise that the Yorkshire Dales was chosen to host the first stage of the Tour de France 2014.
The Tour De France coming to the Yorkshire Dales is a really big thing! It is expected that around 12 million spectators will line the route; 3.5 billion people will be watching it on television in 188 countries across 121 different television channels.
What’s great is that anyone can ride the Tour de France route. The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has made it easy by placing the signs along the route. The route takes in four of the big climbs and is mostly on quiet roads. You can choose to cycle part or all of the route allowing it to be suitable for all or abilities form the novice rider to the experienced, from the individual to a family or group – but unfortunately we can’t promise there won’t be any cars so care must be taken!