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Tan Hill toughie

Start/finish location: Hawes

Start postcode: DL8 3NT

Start grid reference: SD 87499 89821

Alternative start location: Kirkby Stephen or Reeth

Distance: 52 miles (86 km)

Difficulty grading: Black

Climbs en route: Tan Hill, Askrigg Common

Can't hide the fact that this is tough but likewise the beauty and charms are equally blatant. Lots of climbing as you visit some of the more remote areas of the Dales and the highest pub in England!

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Two valleys route

Start/finish location: Hawes

Start postcode: DL8 3NT

Start grid reference: SD 87499 89821

Alternative start location: Reeth

Distance: 33 miles (55 km)

Difficulty grading: Red

Climbs en route: Buttertubs Pass, Redmire Moor

A cracking road route around the Herriot country of the two major northern Dales. In essence this route heads east along Wensleydale and west along Swaledale. Of course that means two long steep climbs and fast descents to cross the high moorland in between the valleys. You will need a low gear for some of the climbs – and then good brakes to get the most out of the breath-taking descents!

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Tour de France du Dales

Start/finish location: Grassington

Start postcode: BD23 5LB

Start grid reference: SE 00283 63750

Distance: 78 miles (125 km)

Difficulty grading: Black

Climbs en route: Buttertubs Pass, Park Rash, Kidstones, Grinton Moor

This is a stunning route largely following the route of the Tour de France through the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Quiet roads, great scenery and four classic climbs.

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Hawes toughie

Start/finish location: Hawes

Start postcode: DL8 3NT

Start grid reference: SD 87499 89821

Alternative start location: Kettlewell

Distance: 45 miles (75 km)

Difficulty grading: Black

Climbs en route: Park Rash, Fleet Moss

This route starts off with a gentle run down Wensleydale but then becomes tougher. A long climb up Coverdale takes you over Park Rash and down into Wharfedale, and then after another flatter section there is the climb over Fleet Moss to finish.

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Etape du Dales

Start/finish location: Grassington

Start postcode: BD23 5LB

Start grid reference: SE 00283 63750

Distance: 112 miles (175 km)

Difficulty grading: Black

Climbs en route: Buttertubs Pass, Fleet Moss, Tan Hill, Garsdale Head, Lamps Moss, Newby Head, Halton Gill

The Etape du Dales is a cyclosportive event held each May. This is a long route involving seven main challenging climbs and descents.  Make sure you and your bike are prepared for a long day out.

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Two cols route

Start/finish location: Hawes

Start postcode: DL8 3NT

Start grid reference: SD876 898

Alternative start location: Reeth

Distance: 41 miles (67 km)

Difficulty grading: Red

Climbs en route: Buttertubs Pass, Grinton Moor

A cracking road route taking in the iconic climbs of Buttertubs and Grinton Moor which featured so spectacularly in the 2014 Tour de France. In essence this route heads west along Wensleydale and east along Swaledale. Of course that means two long steep climbs and fast descents to cross the high moorland in between the valleys.

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Buttertubs Pass

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A classic from either side – this route connects Hawes in Wensleydale to Muker in Swaledale. From either direction expect a long climb with some steep sections to reach spectacular open moorland. The Buttertubs themselves are a series of open shafts near the summit into which farmers would lower their butter and cheese to keep them cool.

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Fleet Moss

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Another Dales classic. You leave Hawes, go past the home of Wensleydale Cheese, nip through the village of Gayle and are then hit with the first steep section. There is then a chance to gather your breath as you look ahead to the top section which is straight and very steep. There is then a little breather before a final short kick-up to the summit. From the other side the climb comes up lovely Langstrothdale before heading onto Fleet Moss – another great route.

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Yorkshire Dales Cycleway

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The Yorkshire Dales Cycleway (YDCW) takes you on a fantastic tour of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, crossing a wonderful landscape of heather moorland, dramatic limestone scenery and linked together by beautiful valleys and villages. The Dales are famous for their flower filled meadows and high fells, scattered with stone barns, dry stone walls and an abundance of waterfalls.

Detailed information and route descriptions are available from our dedicated YDCW pages.

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Oxnop Scar

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There are a whole series of climbs between Wensleydale and Swaledale including Oxnop Scar and Buttertubs Pass, and all of them are worth doing. This makes it really easy to do a two valley route with a couple of great climbs and they are pretty similar from each direction. Oxnop Scar is a tough climb from either side with several short sections of 25% interspersed with easier gradients.

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