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Cycle Tourism in Craven

Fabulous scenery, quaint villages, miles upon miles of country lanes and bridleways for everyone to explore.

Hetton to Rylstone. Ben Haworth

There is no better way of seeing all this than by bicycle.  Using pedal power to travel around you will see all the natural beauty that Craven has to offer.  

And of course in July 2014 Le Grand Depart, the start of the Tour de France,  passed through Craven! More info on our dedicated pages:

Road cycling routes

Cycling in Burnsall
Road cyclists
can enjoy routes along lanes and minor roads.
As part of the Tour de France Cycle Legacy work Craven District Council has produced a series of Recreational Ride guides that are FREE to download and use.  These are for novice cyclists, family rides, rusty cyclists and give full details of the route, a map of the route, way point details, local attractions, cafe's and pubs on route, bike shops and any hazards to be aware off

There are over 20 routes in the guides ranging from 5 to 15miles.  They are graded from Easy, Moderate to Dificult.  A couple of the rides have some short off road sections, which would require you to have suitable tyres i.e. not road racing tyres.

pdf icon Ride 1 Skipton to Bolton Abbey [1Mb]

pdf icon Ride 2 Skipton to Kildwick Loop [2Mb]

pdf icon Ride 3 Skipton to Glusburn Loop [3Mb]

pdf icon Ride 4 Skipton to Gargrave on Canal [1Mb]

pdf icon Ride 5 Thorton in Craven to East Marton loop [1Mb]

pdf icon Ride 6 Gargrave to Airton and Bell Busk Loop [1Mb]

pdf icon Ride 7 Gargrave to East Marton [1Mb]

pdf icon Ride 8 Grassington to Kettlewell Loops [2Mb]

pdf icon Ride 9 Grassington to Burnsal Loop [1Mb]

pdf icon Ride 10 Hellifield to Airton Loop [1Mb]

pdf icon Ride 11 Long Preston to Wigglesworth Loop [2Mb]

pdf icon Ride 12 Long Preston to Tosside Loop [1Mb]

pdf icon Ride 13 Long Preston to Settle Loop [2Mb]

pdf icon Ride 14 Settle to Austwick Loop [3Mb]

pdf icon Ride 15 Settle to Rathmel Loop [2Mb]

pdf icon Ride 16 Settle to High Bentham [3Mb]

pdf icon Ride 17 Austwick to Eldroth Loop [1Mb]

pdf icon Ride 18 Ingleton to Ribblehead loop [3Mb]

pdf icon Ride 19 Iingleton to High Bentham Loops [1Mb]

Some great rides and routes can be found on Cycling the Yorkshire Dales

Mountain bike routes

Mountain bikers can enjoy the rugged challenges of bridleways across the fells here are a few suggestions,
pdf icon Settle Loop [649kb]: 10 mile circular, and can be extended to 21 miles,part of the Pennine Bridleway,
Clapham Tunnels and Bridges: 12 mile circular,
Tour of Pen y ghent: 19 mile circular from Horton in Ribblesdale.
Grassington over Barden Moor: 21 mile circular from Grassington.
Circuit of Fountains Fell: 25 mile circular from Stainforth.
Tour of Malhamdale: 18 mile circular from Gargrave.
There are many more cycle rides and routes available visit Mountain Biking in the Dales for further information .
There is a wide variety of trails in Gisburn Forest near Settle. Check out Gisburn Bike Trails for further information.

Long distance cycle routes

Long distance cycle routes passing through Craven;
Yorkshire Dales Cycle Way: 130 mile circular route.
Pennine Bridleway: 200 miles, Middleton Top Derbyshire to Street near Ravenstonedale in Cumbria.
Way of the Roses: 170 miles Morecambe to Bridlington.
Pennine Cycleway: 350 miles Derby to Berwick on Tweed.

Canal side routes

Sections of the Leeds-Liverpool canal have been upgraded for cycling for information on routes check out Water Scape Cycling Routes for all canal cycling routes.