Grab your helmet, pump up your tyres and pull on your Lycra, because it’s time to check out the finest bike holidays in all of Yorkshire.
Rolling hills, verdant fields, views that take your breath away. Keen cyclists already know that Yorkshire is one of the best places in the world to get on your bike. There’s a reason why the Tour de France decided to roll through our towns and villages – it’s absolutely glorious out there! With that in mind, here’s our round-up of the premier cycling holidays in Yorkshire – get ready for truly memorable trips through God’s own county.
Yorkshire Velo Tours
Run by cyclists for cyclists, Yorkshire Velo Tours has been in the cycling getaway business since 2015. In that time they’ve taken countless riders on routes that range from gentle to truly tough climbs – they specialise in putting together the package you want. It doesn’t matter what your ability level is, they have a tour that’s perfect for you, with both leisure and serious cycling available. Rides are supported, and there’s a pre-ride bike check from a mechanic to make sure you and your bike are in tip-top condition for the route.
You can choose a ready-made tour, such as the Yorkshire Dales Cycleway, which covers four days and three nights (expect to pay around £364 for a self-guided tour, including B&B accommodation). Alternatively, there are longer leisure tours that range from four to eight days. These give you more time for sightseeing with shorter cycling distances each day and start at around £750. Don’t see what you want? Yorkshire Velo Tours are happy to work with you to create your own bespoke journey and can arrange bike hire too.
Open Road Open Skies
This family-run business was born after travels by bike in Thailand and through South-East Asia. How could they bottle the thrills of exploring new places on two wheels? Open Road Open Skies offer self-guided, guided and supported holidays for groups that range from two to twenty – you can do it your way. Two fantastic Yorkshire routes to explore include the 130-mile Yorkshire Dales Cycleway, or the longer ‘Way of the Roses’ ride, which covers 170 miles from coast to coast, through both Yorkshire and Lancashire.
Again, there is flexibility on how long you want your tour to be, with options from two to six days. Prices depend on group size but start from as little as £245 for two days up to around £595 for the six-night option – including B&B and baggage transfer. Supported tours include a back-up vehicle carrying spare parts, refreshments and tools, while you can also expect nice touches such as commemorative t-shirts. Best of all? You see some of the finest countryside in the world as you ride.
Xplore Britain have cycling tours all over the UK, with three different routes for you across the unforgettable hills and dales of Yorkshire. They accommodate you with various options and grades of tour, from family-friendly grade B routes through to more challenging grade D breaks. Their entry level tour is the Way of the Roses route, which takes you from Morecambe over the Pennines to Fountains Abbey, York and on to Bridlington. For two nights at £260, including accommodation, it’s a great cycling weekend in Yorkshire.
The same can be said of their mountain biking tour of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Grade B and D rides are available here, depending on your expertise, and they can provide equipment at an extra cost if you don’t have your own – packages start at under £200. If you plan on making a week of it, you can book a tour of the North Yorkshire Moors and coast that begins in York and explores the nearby terrain before taking you to Scarborough and Whitby, with overnight stays in both. Budget around £730 if you’re doing this solo or £550 each if there are two of you.
With over 25 years of experience, Skedaddle will whisk you away on the exact cycling holiday in Yorkshire that you desire. You can go on a small self-guided tour with mates or your family, or maybe you’ll be happier with a group of six to 15 people on a guided cycling tour. With itineraries that range from three to eight days, and from gentle to challenging, your ideal trip awaits. Whether that’s leisure, road or mountain bike cycling is completely up to you.
If you’re a mountain biker, are you ready to embrace the challenge of the Pennine Bridleway, one of the longest off-road routes in the UK? There are some testing climbs as you head towards the finish in Hebden Bridge. £595 gets you four days of riding, with three nights of accommodation, breakfast and lunch. If you prefer road cycling, they have an eight-day tour of the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District that’s geared towards experienced riders. You’ll be led by expert guides armed with local knowledge.
With routes and experiences across the world from Europe to Africa and all points in between, Love Velo are one of the most professional bike tour companies around. They run the popular Harrogate Clubhouse Weekenders, where you’ll follow an expert ride leader out from Cold Bath Clubhouse for three days of cycling around the area’s best routes. If you want to test yourself on sections of the 2019 UCI World Championships Route, this is the one for you. You’ll take in the famous Buttertubs pass, Bolton Abbey and Pateley Bridge. It covers nearly 200km and starts from £185.
If you fancy their Yorkshire Cycling Break, you’ll be headed out on a self-guided GPX route tailored for you. It might include the men’s elite route from the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire or perhaps the 106km paracycling route from Beverley to Harrogate. You also have options around accommodation, with a selection of 3, 4 and 5* hotels close to Harrogate, complete with half or full board options for meals. In other words, you can tour Yorkshire your way!
Not everyone is a natural born cyclist, and Velo Coaching offer a cycling getaway in Yorkshire that’s as focussed on developing skills as it is on scenery. Their coaches and courses are British Cycling accredited, and they can train both adults and younger riders from eight to 16. Head to Driffield and you can have a basic coaching package that lasts two hours, while they also run bike skills courses to give you pointers.
Best of all, you can learn as you cycle and witness the breathtaking Yorkshire scenery. Coach-led rides set off in the morning and afternoon and can vary between forest, road and mountains, depending on what the instructors feel your level is. As you go, you’ll get tips on stamina and fitness, along with ways to hone your cycling technique. These one-day rides start at £65 and are great preparation before stepping up your mountain or road biking game.
All Things Ride
Wherever you want to go in Yorkshire, All Things Ride have got the tour for you. Leisure and road cycling options run the gamut from value to luxury, so you can choose the one that fits your budget, what you want to see and how much ground you want to cover. Ready to push yourself? Take on the Tour de Yorkshire Ride which has a social ride out on Friday and culminates in the official sportive on Sunday. You can even watch the highlights back at the Clubhouse in Harrogate after you hop off.
Their Yorkshire Dales tours can be either guided or non-guided, with the ability to add extra days to the standard three-day itinerary if you’d rather soak up more of the scenery on a ride that starts in Skipton or Ilkley. If you’ve more time to spare, do the full eight days and seven nights of the North York Moore Cycleway, which starts and ends in pretty Pickering. They promise cycle-friendly B&Bs, and can organise hybrid, road bike and even e-bike rental.
Yorkshire Cycle Hub
The Yorkshire Cycle Hub isn’t a dedicated cycling holiday provider, but they deserve their place on this list for all the other stuff they do. Based in Great Fryup Dale in the North York Moors, they offer a bike shop and bike hire (with hardtail, e-bikes and full suspension options), a café, bike wash and bunk house accommodation, ideal if you want to take a DIY approach to your trip. It’s along the route of the Tour de Yorkshire, making it a great base for your exploration of this lovely area.
They do occasionally offer guided rides but are happy to provide completely free GPX files with recommended routes – you can access them directly from their website. Recharge at the café and stock up on some provisions for your journey – you’ll be surrounded by other cyclists, many of whom will be happy to share tips and great places to stop along the way.
Bikecation offer many of the same types of Yorkshire cycling holiday as their competitors, but what sets them apart is their bespoke approach and ability to organise a VIP trip tailored for you. Off-the-peg self-guided tours include routes through the Yorkshire Dales, coast to coast and the ever-popular ‘Way of the Roses’, but if you want something truly unique, their team of experts are happy to work with you to provide exactly that.
The VIP elements can include premium accommodation at luxury hotels, use of a dedicated personal concierge, backstage race passes for major events and private transfers. They can even organise it so you can ride with an Olympian. Other group holidays are available, including charity cycling tours if you and your friends want to raise money, as well as corporate trips ideal for team building and client hospitality.
Chasing Trails specialise in mountain biking. Whether you’ve been inspired by the gold medal success of Team GB at the Tokyo Olympics or have been involved in MTB for longer, one of the best ways to test your skills is to go on a guided mountain biking route across the North Yorkshire Moors. There are over 500 miles of routes and bridleways in the Moors and Chasing Trails will work with you to assess your level of readiness, skills and fitness.
You can head out yourself with your guide starting at £175 on a weekday and £195 at the weekend, or cut the cost when two of you combine – that’s £225 during the week and £250 on a Saturday or Sunday. Groups of three to eight pay £320 or £350. If that doesn’t fit the bill, they offer family guided days, and can tailor the route to your skill and ability levels. Hardier riders might want to take on the coast to coast tour from St. Bees to Robin Hood’s Bay, which runs from Sunday to Thursday and is rated as a hard challenge.