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Cycling at the Rendezvous

Rendezvous Hotel is not only a great starting point to many cycling trips but it also provides you with essentials like: safe bike storage, drying room for your shoes and clothes (if the weather wasn’t in your favour) and packed lunches that will keep you going all day!
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These are just few examples of where you can cycle around the Yorkshire Dales. The family rides included here are suitable for less experienced cyclists, and while it is impossible in the Dales to completely avoid hills and enjoy absolutely traffic free cycling, the roads are generally quiet and the stunning scenery is definitely worth the odd climb!

Gargrave Circular Route

Start/finish: Gargrave Village Hall Distance: 8 miles (14km)

This is a relatively short route with no big climbs, which takes you from the small town of Gargrave up into the southern Yorkshire Dales. The roads have little traffic, and there are great views of Flasby and Barden Moors. Gargrave has the well known cyclists’ cafe called the Dalesman, and at Hetton is the Angel Inn which is famous for its food.

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Ilkley to Bolton Abbey

Start/finish: Ilkley Distance: 5 miles (9km) one way

The back road from Ilkley to Bolton Abbey is one of the most popular routes for cyclists in this area. This description just takes you through to Bolton Abbey but there are many continuations from there going further up Wharfedale or over to Embsay and Skipton.

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Into Dentdale

Start/finish: Car park behind Sedbergh Tourist Information Centre Distance: 13 miles (21km) for circuit to Dent village, 19 miles (32km) for continuation to the head of the valley. This gentle ride takes you up the lovely valley of Dentdale,…

along quiet country roads.

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Lower Wharfedale

Start/finish: Grassington National Park Centre or Bolton Abbey Distance: 5.5 miles (9km) to 16 miles (27km), depending on the route taken

This route explores the delights of lower Wharfedale. There are no big climbs although there are plenty of small ones. Shorter variations are possible: 5.5 miles (9km) by turning back at Burnsall, or 12 miles (20km) by turning at Barden. The route back is on a slightly busier road so you may prefer to simply retrace your route.

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Exploring Swaledale

Start/finish: Reeth Distance: 15 miles (24km)

Swaledale is a beautiful valley to explore by bike with its quiet roads and beautiful views. This route uses the main valley road to go to Gunnerside and then includes some very quiet back roads for the return journey. The route is not completely flat, and you should expect a few climbs along the way.

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Settle circular

Start/finish: Settle Market Square or Clapham Dis

tance: 17 miles (28km) This is a lovely gentle ride through beautiful scenery, with one section along a stone track which is not suitable for racing bikes. The cycling is on quiet roads but you will need to cross the busy A65 twice.

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Skipton and Bolton Abbey

Start/finish: Skipton or Bolton Abbey Distance: 6 miles (10km) one way

This is a great back road route taking you out of Skipton and through great countryside to reach Bolton Abbey. From there you can either return the way you came or follow other routes further up Wharfedale or along to Ilkley.

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The Howgills

Start/finish: Car park behind Sedbergh Tourist Information Centre Distance: 14 miles (23km)

A challenging ride through a quiet corner of the Dales, taking you along the side of the Howgills and past Holme Open Farm. You also pass Fox’s Pulpit where George Fox, a Quaker, preached in the open air to over a 1,000 people in 1652.

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Upper Wharfedale

Start/finish: Grassington National Park Centre Distance: 6.5 miles (11km) to 23 miles (38km) depending on route choice

This is a lovely route exploring Upper Wharfedale and Littondale and has no big climbs on it. You can do shorter variations such as a return trip to Kilnsey (6.5 miles, 11km), or to Kettlewell (12 miles, 20km). Although an out and back ride, the change

in views and scenery means that the return journey is never dull. Routemap and description

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