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Cycling in Craven

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

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

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 15 miles.  They are graded from Easy, Moderate to Difficult.  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. 

Cycle Routes Guides


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.