04 August 2010
Whether you regularly cycle and take your bicycle on holiday, or simply like the idea of spending a few hours exploring on two wheels - Ryedale is perfect for all ages and abilities. Cycling though forests, along country lanes, on high open moorland or by rolling fields is all possible in North Yorkshire. There is a great cycling network here, especially since the creation of the Moor to Sea Cycle route that links the towns of Whitby, Scarborough and Pickering. This 80 mile route takes you through all types of scenery and if you wish to cycle just a bit at a time you can easily do so.
Ride along the disused railway track from Whitby to Scarborough, along the National Byway from the coast to the Howardian Hills, go for guided bike ride in the high moors of Rosedale or have a family day out on Dalby Forest's cycle trails, there are lots of opportunities to bring your bike out.
Moor to Sea Cycle Route
Linking the towns of Scarborough, Pickering and Whitby this route features 80 miles of forest tracks, lanes and the former coastal railway. Of course it can be tackled in smaller stages and visitors can hire cycles along the route - www.moortoseacycle.net
Walney to Wear & Whitby (W2W) Cycle Route
You can now cycle ‘coast to coast' from Walney Island in Cumbria to Whitby via Tan Hill, thanks to the opening of Regional Route 52 between Barnard Castle and the historic North Yorkshire port. This well signed route is 171 miles (275km) long and is fully mapped. Add to the adventure by cycling an extra 20 miles (32km) along the coast-hugging ex-railway track to Scarborough - www.cyclingw2w.info
White Rose Cycle Route
Cycle along the River Ouse, the quiet country roads of the Vale of York and on to the foothills of the North York Moors. For more information visit the Sustrans website.
Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route
The new Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route is a circular route around the enchanted rolling hills and coastal cliffs of the East Riding, Ryedale and southern Scarborough borough. The route has hidden valleys, wildflower verges, varied wildlife, clean beaches and big skies, and passes through picturesque villages, market towns and by historic houses and churches. Well signed in both directions as part of the National Cycle Network. For more information visit the Yorkshire Wolds Big Skies website - www.cycleyorkshirewolds.com
The Forestry Commission provide some great mountain biking opportunities in Dalby, Boltby and Guisborough Forests. A range of graded routes are available from easy, moderate, difficult and severe - www.forestry.gov.uk
Cyclists Welcome Accommodation
The Cyclists Welcome logo guarantees that a hotel, B&B, cottage or hostel has special facilities for cyclists including lockable storage areas for cycles. To view all Cyclist Friendly Assessed Accommodation visit our bike friendly accommodation section.
CTC Cyclists Welcome Accommodation.
Ryedale Cycling Routes.
Ryedale Cycling Events.
Ryedale Grand Prix.
Gone Mountain Biking in Riding