The Yorkshire Dales Cycleway (YDCW) is a superb but challenging 210km (130 mile) circular route visiting most of the major dales in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It is designed to be started and finished in Skipton, but it can be started at any point, or divided into sections to suit your fitness. National Park car parks offer weekly tickets so that you can leave your vehicle whilst out touring. Many will find it is ideal for a leisurely six day tour, while others may wish to cover more than one section in a day. An alternative link to Ilkley (unsigned) has been included for those wishing to start or finish there.
The route includes challenging climbs through wild areas which will test your limits, swooping descents and stunning quiet dales to explore. It follows surfaced country lanes for its length including many where you will see more sheep than cars. It also goes through many of the loveliest towns and villages in the area, where you can get a warm welcome, have a slice of cake or try some of the locally brewed beer.
In 2016, the National Park was extended to include more of the beautiful landscapes around Kirkby Stephen and Orton. To celebrate this we are including the option of an extended route between Sedbergh and Reeth which takes in the northern Howgills, Orton, Kirkby Stephen and Tan Hill - the highest pub in Britain. Taking on this option makes the route 150 miles (240km) long.
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