Beginner or serious club cyclist, with partner, family or friends, cycling has to be one of the favourite outdoor activities in North Yorkshire. Whether on the gentle moor rides, or adrenalin pumping forest trails, there are bike routes for everyone. Here are 10 of the best bike routes in North Yorkshire
York Solar Cycle Trail
North Yorkshire cottages are available for short breaks or full holidays. If your cottage is near the City of York, the York Solar Cycle trail is a fabulous bike ride for all the family. The whole trail is set up to represent the solar system, with models of planets and stars every 100 meters, and signposts showing how many millions of kilometers you are away from the different planets.
The Rosedale Chimney
Be warned, this one is for the seriously serious road cyclists. Starting from Rosedale Abbey, just a 40-minute drive from Whitby, it is a hard uphill, with gradients often exceeding 33%, slog around hairpin bends and upward to the summit.
Langdale End to Whitby
Part road, part forest and part cinder track, this 18-mile ride takes you through some of the most outstanding heather covered areas of the North York Moors. Although it can be somewhat challenging, with a few steep hills and as steep descents, the last few miles from Hawsker back into Whitby is easy riding on flat cinder track.
Redcar to Saltburn-by-Sea
Part of the National Cycle Network, this six mile bike ride from Redcar to Saltburn-by-Sea is largely family friendly, with just a few excursions onto public roads at the beginning and end. Just 40 minutes drive from Whitby, the route will take you through the picturesque village of Marske until you join Milton Street at Saltburn-by-Sea, and finish your ride at the railway station.
Highwood Brow to Ravenscar
A reasonably easy ride for those with a bit of cycling experience, at 14 miles this route takes from 2½ hours – to 3½ hours with younger (or older) family members included. With much of the track wandering through national park forest and woodland, it is a fabulous cycle ride for those with a love of nature and wildlife.
Thornton Le Dale to Pickering
A 30 minute drive along the A169 from Whitby, will find you in the charming village of Thornton Le Dale. On the edge of the North York Moors, this picturesque village has a number of short cycle rides suitable for all the family. Look for the Moor to Sea Trail signs. Once across the busy A170, it is a couple of miles of gentle cycling into Pickering.
Thornton Le Dale to Troutsdale
If you enjoy Thornton village, then this longer 30 mile ride can take you round in a circle. A road and trail mix through beautiful forest, villages and countryside. Make sure you take a route map as it has many twists and turns before, if you want to, you end back in Thornton-Le-Dale.
Whitby to Whitby, North York Moors
Fifty miles round trip, and about six hours of cycling, or split it into sections. Not for the faint hearted, hilly, with an often bracing breeze, but taking in the stunning moor landscape it is a fantastic bike ride for those with the experience.
Dalby Forest, The Green Cycle Route
Less than an hour’s drive from Whitby, this six-mile grass track and forest trail in Dalby Forest, is suitable for even the youngest family members. Gentle slopes and easy riding make a fabulous few hours of exhilarating activity for everyone.
Dalby Forest, The Red Cycle Route
Definitely one for the serious mountain bike aficionado. With 22 miles of single track forest trails, demanding ascents, rock gardens and scary descents, this route, and other in Dalby Forest will test your biking skills to the limit.
Are you are staying in one of the available Whitby cottages? Are you looking for things to do in North Yorkshire? There are numerous shops, garages and hotels where you can hire bikes for the whole family, and begin to enjoy the natural beauty of the North York Moors.