You don’t have to be the next Bradley Wiggins to give road cycling in Nidderdale AONB a try. It’s an awe-inspiring way to explore some of the beautiful scenery, small towns and villages in the Yorkshire Dales.
There are a range of road cycling routes to suit all abilities with a good cycling network of quiet lanes, off-road tracks and a section of the national byway, Britain’s Heritage Cycling Route, for road cyclists.
There are short cycle routes along valley bottoms, suitable for beginners and families to much longer bike rides with hill climbs that will challenge even experienced cyclists. Here are a couple of suggestions of longer road cycling routes to get you started:
Please be aware that these routes use bridleways and country roads which are also used by horse riders and walkers. Cyclists must give way to these users and be particularly careful when approaching horses from behind - it helps if you call out to let the horse and rider know that you are there. It is important to pass horses & riders and walkers slowly and wide. Please follow the International Mountain Biking Association UK code of conduct and ride responsibly, while showing respect for others, and care for the environment.
Both images: Tour de Yorkshire 2016 at Greenhow courtesy of SWPix / Welcome to Yorkshire