Route information

While the majority of the route is well signed using the symbol of the Yorkshire Dales National Park - a Swaledale sheep - it is always worth having a copy of the dedicated map with you. This not only shows you the route, but also where you can find accommodation, caf├ęs, pubs and shops.

The route can be viewed on an interactive map below. Alternatively you can download an overview map or purchase a detailed map (produced by Harvey) from our online shop that includes enlargements of towns and useful information on accommodation, cycle shops and cycle hire. The northern loop is all signed but not with the sheep's head. From Dent to close to Kirkby Stephen it is Route 68, then you follow Route 70 to Tan Hill and on to Reeth.

Interactive map of the YDCW


How to use the map

  • Double click to zoom in and see a more detailed map.
  • Move around the map by clicking and dragging the mouse.
  • Red cycling route The Yorkshire Dales Cycleway is displayed as a red line.
  • Click the key icon Open map key icon to display the map legend. You can display cycle businesses and cycle friendly accommodation in the Dales on the map by clicking the relevant tickbox.
  • Click on an accommodation or business icon to see more details about it.
  • Click the key icon Close map key icon to hide the map legend.


How to use the interactive map

  • Double click to zoom in and see a more detailed map.
  • Pan around the map by clicking and dragging the mouse.

Distances between settlements

Split distanceCumulative distance
Burnsall11 miles (16km)11 miles (16km)
Malham12 miles (19km)23 miles (35km)
Settle10 miles (17km)33 miles (52km)
Ingleton12 miles (19km)45 miles (72km)
Dent11 miles (16km)56 miles (88km)
Hawes13 miles (22km)69 miles (110km)
Reeth17 miles (28km)86 miles (138km)
Wensley8 miles (14km)94 miles (152km)
Kettlewell14 miles (23km)108 miles (175km)
Grassington6 miles (10km)114 miles (185km)
Bolton Abbey10 miles (17km)124 miles (201km)
Skipton6 miles (10km)130 miles (211km)
Northern Loop  
DentNil56 miles (88km)
Orton20 miles (32km)76 miles (120km)
Kirkby Stephen13 miles (20km)89 miles (140km)
Reeth24 miles (39km)105 miles (179km)

Weekly parking passes are available at National Park car parks so that you can leave your vehicle whilst you tour.


The whole route is on tarmac roads most of which are quiet back roads where you will see more sheep than cars. There are a few sections which can be busier, most notably the road into settle and the descent to Hawes. This is a challenging touring route with some significant climbs which have steep sections. The rewards are spending the time in the fabulous Yorkshire Dales scenery, and the feeling of satisfaction at the end of the day.