Day rides

For more experienced riders the Yorkshire Dales offers some fantastic riding through some of the best scenery in the country. There is something for everyone with some of the most famous climbs in the UK to take on, some beautiful long valley rides and the more undulating countryside to the east to explore.

The day ride routes are shown on the map below - click on a route to find out more and to download related files. Alternatively, you can search for routes with specific attributes using the form below the map.

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  • The routes are categorised in order or difficulty as follows:
    Green cycling route Green route (easiest)
    Blue cycling route Blue route
    Red cycling route Red route
    Black cycling route Black route (hardest)

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Route details

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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Into Wharfedale

Start/finish location: Skipton

Start postcode: BD23 1AH

Start grid reference: SD 9904 5185

Alternative start location: Grassington

Distance: 29 miles (48 km)

Difficulty grading: Red

Climbs en route: Embsay Moor

This route takes you quickly away from Skipton and heads to Bolton Abbey in Wharfedale. It takes the quiet road up the east side of the valley up to Grassington before heading back, with the one big climb saved until close to the end. You then get a fast run down back into Skipton.

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Pateley Bridge to Masham

Start/finish location: Pateley Bridge

Start postcode: HG3 5AW

Start grid reference: SE 1581 6560

Alternative start location: Masham

Distance: 30 miles (50 km)

Difficulty grading: Red

Climbs en route: Church Green, Lofthouse

A spectacular ride with a great mixture of scenery. It includes two tough climbs separated by easier cycling through rolling countryside.

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Sedbergh to Kirkby Lonsdale

Start/finish location: Sedbergh

Start postcode: LA10 5AD

Start grid reference: SD 65906 92180

Alternative start location: Kirkby Lonsdale

Distance: 24 miles (39 km)

Difficulty grading: Blue

Climbs en route: Barbondale

This is a gentle route exploring the lush Lune Valley connecting the two lively market towns of Sedbergh and Kirkby Lonsdale.

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Settle circular

Start/finish location: Settle

Start postcode: BD24 9EJ

Start grid reference: SD 81911 6382

Alternative start location: Grassington

Distance: 38 miles (62 km)

Difficulty grading: Red

Climbs en route: Halton Gill, Attermire

A classic circuit around the limestone country crossing dramatically-shaped valleys and passing through the best-known villages in the southern Dales.

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Swaledale circular

Start/finish location: Reeth

Start postcode: DL11 6SZ

Start grid reference: SE 03825 99254

Distance: 27 miles (45 km)

Difficulty grading: Red

Climbs en route: Tan Hill toughie

An easy route for navigation! This route follows the undulating road up the lovely valley of Swaledale, and then climbs to the highest pub in the land at Tan Hill. From here the route back to Reeth is a classic – a quiet road through beautiful scenery which can seem virtually downhill all the way if the wind is behind you (which it usually is).

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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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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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Cote de Kidstones

Start/finish location: Grassington

Start postcode: BD23 5LB

Start grid reference: SE003 637

Distance: 26 miles (44 km)

Difficulty grading: Blue

Climbs en route: Kidstones Pass

This is a chance to follow the route of the 2014 Tour de France from Grassington and take on the first King of the Mountains climb – the Cote de Cray, or Kidstones Pass as it always used to be called.

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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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Barbondale

Start/finish location: Sedbergh

Distance: 20 miles (32 km)

Difficulty grading: Red

This route takes you on quiet roads into Dentdale and you can take a short diversion into Dent village. You then have a steep climb but are rewarded with a lovely descent down remote Barbondale. There is a pub and café in Barbon and then you follow the Lune Valley back to Sedbergh.

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Orton to Kirkby Stephen

Start/finish location: Orton

Alternative start location: Kirkby Stephen

Distance: 28 miles (46 km)

Difficulty grading: Red

A lovely road ride through the northern part of the National Park connecting the lovely village of Orton with the lively market town of Kirkby Stephen, with great quiet roads and stunning views. The terrain is undulating but there is only one steep climb.

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How to download and use GPX route files

The 'GPX' (or GPS Exchange format) files for each route are simply text files that can be read by GPS devices as a series of waypoints along each route.

To use the files, please do the following:

  • Right-click on the file that you wish to download - a menu of options will appear.
  • Select ‘Save link as…’ (in Firefox or Google Chrome) or ‘Save target as…’ (Internet Explorer) - you will be prompted to choose a location on your computer to save the GPX file.
  • Once you have the file on your machine, you should be able to export it to your GPS device using a USB connection. Please refer to your GPS device documentation for full instructions.

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