With the announcement of Welcome To Yorkshire & Cycle England joining forces to create multiple cycle routes across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, we’re pleased to announce that we’ll be hosting cyclists taking part in the North York Moors Cycle Way this summer. There really is no better way to discover and explore the great outdoors of Yorkshire than by bike, offering you the chance to take in the rich history, the fantastic views and the heritage that makes this area so unique and stunning.
With plenty of places to visit while you’re in the area, including the North York Moors National Park, Rosedale Abbey, Helmsley and Byland Abbey, you’re guaranteed an action packed trip that is full of sights to discover. Highly regarded as some of the most beautiful and picturesque settings for cycling by the regulars, these quiet roads and the moorland landscape offer unique views that are hard to beat elsewhere.
Course includes quiet country lanes, moorland valleys, dense forest roads with stop offs in market towns, villages and coastal settlements.
Start your North York Moors adventure in the bustling market town that is vibrant and full of places to eat and drink. Set on the edge of the North York Moors with a huge variety of independent shops, Pickering is a great place to explore upon the day of your arrival. There’s a castle to discover, steam railway to visit and a museum to tour. Pickering also hosts a large cycle shop with for you to rent equipment for your journey around the Moors.
After exploring Pickering and all it has to offer, you’ll head out onto the cycle route passing through the unique village of Thornton le Dale. You’ll ride through a twisting tree lined route through Dalby, experiencing the great Yorkshire forest first hand. As you continue to make your way towards the east coast, there’s routes through deep tree lined valleys as well as country estates. Once through those sections you’ll be greeted by the vast open sea as you descend towards the coastside. With Scarborough only a stone's throw away, you can head in and enjoy a stay over that gives you the opportunity to browse the popular, original season town that’s packed full of delights.
From one seaside town to another, day three starts by involving yourself in a short ride that gives you plentiful amount of time to explore the east coast. You’ll head out of Scarborough towards Ravenscar with amazing views that will no doubt take your breath away. Before you set yourself on the disused railway towards Whitby, make sure you take the time out to see the seal colony, you will definitely not regret it. Don’t forget to check out Robin Hoods Bay on this part of the cycle event, you can experience narrow alleyways and the cobbled streets once used by smugglers centuries ago. Once you arrive in Whitby, a coastal town that is rich in history, you will have the opportunity to take in the views of the ruined abbey as well as the sights of the harbour, famous for its days as a whaling town and still vibrant with small shops and attractions for all the family.
As you move away from Whitby, you’ll follow the coast towards the postcard worthy village of Sandsend. From there you will head inland, taking the route full of country lanes, scenic valley views before venturing out onto the heather moorland terrain that changes with the seasons, featuring golden hues during Autumn with a carpet of purple in the later Summer months. This 37 kilometre part of the adventure through the North York Moors takes you past the tranquil villages of Egton, Lealholm and Danby too. The last bit of this leg takes you through and out of Fryup Dale, a beautiful place before you descend into Rosedale Abbey village, right at the heart of the North York Moors.
On day 5 you’ll head out of the valley in Rosedale and ride through picture perfect villages of Lastingham, featuring a historic church as well as a very popular pub. You’ll arrive at the ‘honey pot’ village of Hutton le Hole that boasts a variety of cafes, fantastic accommodation, a museum and the babbling brook. From here you’ll venture out into open moorland scenery, passing through Gillamoor and into a hidden gem known as Bransdale. This twisting & rolling route around the valley pushes you to your limits before a long descent into Helmsley, an archetypal English market town, featuring a castle you can explore, a brewery to indulge in and the opportunity to enjoy homemade ice cream or pamper yourself at the spa.
Prepare yourself for the longest day yet, consisting of around 56km, the sixth day features some of the best views and environments for riding. You’ll pass through pretty villages with cottages that are thatched as well as ruined abbeys and even historic houses. You’ll go from rolling farm land and tree lined country roads to climbing up the top of the escarpment. You’ll then cycle past Sutton Bank Visitor Centre with a range of big sky views and open moorland as you make your way into the very popular village of Osmotherley. Here you’ll enjoy the surroundings that are loved by walkers from all around, famous for the Cleveland Way or the Lyke Wake Walk.
After enjoying your time in Osmotherley and taking in the picturesque views and surrounds, you’ll head out onto the open loorland roads that go for miles and miles. You’ll drop into rich farmland that passes close to Great Ayton, the famous birthplace of Captain Cook and home to the landmark known as Roseberry Topping, a challenge for many walkers in the area and beyond. Your surroundings will change once more as you experience open rolling moorland, leading you to ascend up to Blakey Ridge and passing Ralphs Cross which is known as the symbol of the North York Moors National Park. Here you’ll find a place to rest and relax, enjoying a drink at one of the highest pubs in England.
The last day is the second shortest of the cycle route, leading you back around Rosedale with a view that features the beautiful valley. This valley used to be the home of a mining operation with furnaces and a railway. You’ll head towards and through Rosedale Abbey and then onto Cropton, where you can indulge yourself in a one stop brewery tour to tide you over. After a quick pit stop, you’ll ride through a tree lined route that eventually opens out for the descent into the Vale of Pickering. Here you’ll have the chance to finish exploring and who knows, you could even enjoy a steam train trip to relax your body and mind, because we all know you’ll need it!
At the end of day six, you’ll find yourself in the welcoming village of Osmotherley, full of sights to see and places to go. When planning your cycling holiday for this particular Cycle England & Welcome To Yorkshire cycle route, be sure to book yourself in for a stay at Cote Ghyll, the ideal place to rest your tired body and prepare yourself for the remaining days of the adventure. Regarded as the ‘Campsite Of The Year’ in the North East, our caravan park in North Yorkshire is the go to choice, you won’t find anywhere better.
Explore, relax and enjoy the surroundings by staying at our group accommodation here at Cote Ghyll Mill, which is perfectly matched for you and your cycling friends to relax and unwind after a hard day on the saddle. If you’re looking to take part in the North York Moors Cycle Way, be sure to check out our campsite, cottage, Mill and other facilities, all of which are designed to offer you ultimate comfort and relaxation to get you fully rested and ready for the final stages.
Our Cote Ghyll Mill is perfect for families and individuals, group accommodation, school and youth groups, exclusive hire as well as group activity breaks – learn more today!
Book Your North York Moors Cycle Route today & relax and unwind after a long yet beautiful day of cycling at our group accommodation at Cote Ghyll Mill.