Cycle through moorland and meadows in Nidderdale

Brimham Rocks, North Yorkshire

Circular routes through this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty reward cyclists with stunning views, rural tranquillity and cosy pubs and teashops.

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One of Northern England’s loveliest valleys, Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is the perfect destination for cyclists. The dramatic landscape is full of contrasts from remote heather moorland and sweeping reservoirs to lush green pastures criss-crossed with dry stone walls.  

Nidderdale’s Northern and Southern Loops have thigh-testing climbs, thrilling descents and tranquil back-roads. Both are around 40 miles (64km) long, and can be treated as a gentle day ride or combined for a real challenge.  

Pretty villages with welcoming pubs and tearooms will allow you to refuel with freshly baked scones or local beers. Or you can stop off at some key attractions such as Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal World Heritage Site, Ripon Cathedral, Coldstones Cut and Brimham Rocks. Nidderdale is about 224 miles (360km) north of London, and a short journey from Harrogate.

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