They say the best things in life are free… rolling countryside and open woodland make this the perfect place to pedal.

Cycling enthusiasts, tourers, and those who just want to take it easy and take in the stunning scenery are well catered for in North Yorkshire. With quiet country roads, byways, and a network of cycle paths, there’s plenty to see and do. So get on your bike and discover the best cycling holiday routes in Yorkshire from your saddle.

In the North York Moors

The Moor to Sea Cycle Network links more than 100 miles of waymarked cycling through the spectacular scenery of the North York Moors National Park. Enjoy wide sweeps of open heather moorland to the breath-taking Heritage Coast.

Using forest tracks and part of the old Rosedale railway line, the newest leg links Easby on the western fringes with Dalby Forest. Along its 34 miles, there’s one tough climb up to the moor top, rewarded with a stunning view that is well worth the challenge.

Hamsterley Forest is one of the North East’s premier mountain bike destinations. There are over 2000 hectares of forest to explore, on 33 miles of waymarked trails, and countless more miles of seldom-travelled forest road. Whether it is a high octane thrill-seeking you are after on one of the extreme downhill courses, or a quiet cycle with your family, Hamsterley Forest has something for cyclists of all abilities.

In the Yorkshire Dales

Dales Bike Centre is the absolute must-visit stop for riding mountain bikes and road cycles in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The setting of Stage 1 of the 2014 Tour De France, the Dales is also a top contender in Cycling Weekly’s Top 10 Places to Ride in the UK. An amazing road riding experience, start ticking off those trickier climbs. The 30 mile Tan Hill Loop or pick of parts of the Yorkshire Dales Cycleway, through Leyburn, Grinton, and up to Muker.

Ideal Holiday Homes for Cycling

Harelands Farm

Harelands Farm is a four-bedroom luxury holiday home near Richmond, North Yorkshire. An ideal place to escape to the country with friends and family, a self-catering family-friendly holiday home doesn’t get much better, sleeping up to 8 guests.

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A three-bedroom luxury Yorkshire holiday cottage with a hot tub. Set in the private two acres of grounds at Holly House Farm, it is one of our favourite dog-friendly cottages just just a few miles outside of the historic market town of Richmond, North Yorkshire.

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Woodcroft Cottage

Treat yourself to a luxury escape in this two-bedroom Yorkshire Dales holiday cottage. Relax by the cosy log burning stove, and step out into the garden hot tub. Set in the charming village of Hudswell, near Richmond.

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Our Top Yorkshire Cycling Routes

We have been inspired to go out exploring and brush off the cobwebs on the old bike. As your local guide, here are some fantastic routes for the mountain biker and road racer around North Yorkshire.

“I’m extremely fortunate that I live in an area that inspires me to train and enjoy it. The same view that I’ve seen a million times never fails to amaze me and the scenery changes with the seasons and the weather.” – Alistair Brownlee, Triathlete from Yorkshire, MBE

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