Adventures - Cycling

Cycling

The Settle Area has a variety of Mountain Bike routes.
Some lie within the Yorkshire Dales National Park and others within the Forest of Bowland.

Below is a selection of some of the best routes, ranging from a 4 mile circuit of Malham Tarn
to a challenging 36 mile route around Pen-y-Ghent.

 

DALES LOOP SW
106 ml / 170 km

The route is described anti-clockwise from Kirkby Lonsdale. It’s probably preferable to do it anti-clockwise owing to the asymmetry of the main climb but you could just as easily start in Settle, Gargrave or Wharfedale. Of course, only a fool would start in Wensleydale as this would leave Outershaw Side, the highest road in the Dales, for tired legs. You have been warned.

More Information

pedalnorth.com/dales-loop-sw/

ROSES LOOP
72 ml / 116 km

A tough but enjoyable ride covering some esoteric delights (hands up who knows their way around Sawley, Eldroth, Glusburn and Lothersdale?) as well as a popular corner of the Dales. It’s an ideal ride to do with a mixed party of Yorkists and Lancastrians so they can bicker the whole way round over the scenic, cultural and climatic merits of their respective counties. And, if they have enough energy to re-enact the battle of Towton after all those miles, good luck to them.

More Information

pedalnorth.com/roses-loop-cycling/

SETTLE CIRCULAR
17½ ml / 28 km

A classic circuit around the limestone country crossing dramatically-shaped valleys and passing through the best-known villages in the southern Dales. There is a stiff climb out of Stainforth, with easier riding following and a final gentler climb from Airton before a dramatic descent back to Settle.

More Information

https://cyclethedales.org.uk/route/settle_circular/

SETTLE - KILNSEY CRAG LOOP
36 ml / 58 km

Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

More Information

komoot.com

Cycle the 'Way of the Roses'
This highly popular cycle route runs for 170 miles between Morecambe and Bridlington. It passes through the historic cities of York and Lancaster, and lesser known gems such as Settle, Pateley Bridge  ...