Tour de Angleterre: cycling in Yorkshire

by Katherine Hall

Category: The great outdoors
July 2 2014

Inspired to get on yer bike by the upcoming cycling spectacular that is the Tour De France? Then why not cycle your heart out just like Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish, exploring some of England's most idllyic spots on two wheels.

First stop, Yorkshire!

The Cinder Trail

Enjoy 21 miles of off-road freedom along the Cinder Track, the old coastal railway line between Scarborough and Whitby.

It’s fairly level cycling for the most part as you head past smugglers’ haunts, hidden beaches and hideaway hamlets – perfect if you always wanted to be in the Famous Five. You can indulge your inner George or Julian with a climb down through the woods at Hayburn Wyke to go rock hopping on giant beach boulders, and then reward yourself with lashings of lemonade (and scrumptious cakes) at The Station House Tea Room in Cloughton afterwards.

Back on the bike, head towards the mysterious Ravenscar – the ‘Town That Never Was’ – before freewheeling over a 120-foot-high viaduct and ending your trip in historic Whitby, where tales of Dracula and Captain Cook await.

Pocklington circular cycle route

Pedal along this 17.5 mile (26km) circular cycle route from Pocklington, which winds through the dry valley of Millington Dale to Huggate, one of the highest villages on the Yorkshire Wolds. After taking a good, long look at the quintessentially English views, you’ll continue across Warter Wold to the pretty little estate village of Warter, which boasts thatched cottages, a village green and the Wolds Heritage Centre, where you can find out more about the history of life on the Wolds.

Flying down wooded lanes through Nunburnholme and Burnby, you’ll find yourself back at your starting point in the bustling market town of Pocklington. And after all that exertion, what better time to raise a pint in The Black Swan, one of Pocklington's oldest pubs, as a reward for your bike-based efforts. Cheers!

The Yorkshire Wolds Cycle route

This well-signed 146-mile circular route follows the crescent of rolling hills east of the historic city of York. Glide along the miles of quiet roads, country lanes and cycle paths which weave a path between small market towns and picturesque villages. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to rest stops too, with plenty of cafes, tearooms and country pubs serving locally-produced food and beers along the way.

From the dramatic cliffs of Flamborough Head, to the parkland setting of Sledmere and the medieval gem of Beverley, this route is an ideal choice for those new to cycle touring and for adventurous families. Beverley and Malton make good starting points if travelling by train and it’s also possible to cycle from York via Stamford Bridge on National Route 66.

Find more Tour de France-inspired holidays in England.

Katherine Hall

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