Cycle Britain

Tour Overview.

This is your chance to ride in the tracks of the legendary Etape du Dales. Over two days, we’ll tackle many of Yorkshire’s toughest climbs – climbs which you might have seen pro-riders battle up for the yellow jersey in the Tour de Yorkshire. It’s a challenging route but you’ll be rewarded with the remote beauty of the Yorkshire Dales throughout.

As the Gateway to the Dales, our route starts and finishes in the easy-to-reach town of Harrogate. Soon, however, the roads are ours, as we escape traffic lights, congestion and vehicles in favour of remote country roads, tiny villages and dramatic landscapes. This is a National Park made for cycling!

We’ll stay in accommodation which enjoys sweeping views across the Dales and promises an evening as memorable as it is comfortable.   We offer fully guided tours with full support to allow you to concentrate on cycling as well as supporting tours where you can cycle independently with baggage transfer, lunch and accommodation.   New for 2021 we have introduced self-guided tour options to facilitate independent cyclists that need baggage transfer.  Our camping options involves a stay at the Tan Hill Inn.

Cycle Britain

184 miles / 2 Days

Which ever option you choose.. You’ll enjoy the support of our team, and our support vehicle, which carries your day-bag and transforms into a pop-up café to provide nutritious lunches and snacks.

The fully supported, guided tours remove the hassle so all you have to focus on is the riding. Allow our guides to lead the way and teach you tips and tricks that will improve your cycling ability. Let our support vehicles carry your bags, resolve any mechanicals, and replenish your energy with feed stations and drinks.  We’ll overnight at a quality accommodation which guarantees rest, delicious food and splendid views.

For cyclists looking for fully supported independent cycling experiences, Cycle Britain offers a fully supported tour. Our support vehicles carry your bags, assist any mechanicals, and support you fully and are never far away.  We monitor your progress and ensure you arrive safely.

For the cyclist that wants just baggage transfer, we provide the route and accommodation.  This fully independent option has us in reserve just in case you need further support.

We keep our groups small, 8 – 12 riders, as this allows us to cater to different levels of fitness and riding experience. If you have your own group, however, we would be happy to arrange a special weekend for you. Just get in touch!

Tour Highlights.

  • Memorable cycling through Yorkshire’s best scenery.
  • Nutritious and delicious lunches and snacks from the support vehicle.
  • Accommodation in the Yorkshire Dales
  • Coaching from qualified coaches to improve your cycling ability!
  • The camaraderie of riding in a group of 12 cyclists.

Summary of the Tour.

  1. Harrogate to Kirkby Stephen (80 miles)

    We quickly escape Harrogate and plunge into the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. From Threskeld, we pedal through a beautiful valley on country lanes bordered by dry-stone walls and too narrow for two cars to pass. There’s a climb over the shoulder of Pen-Y-Ghent (1,433 feet, 437 metres) before we roll into Ribblesdale, famed for its photogenic viaduct. The road continues through wild Dentdale passing Dent train station, the highest in England, and then continuing beside the Settle-Carlisle Railway and the River Eden. We end the day at Kirkby Stephen.

  2. Kirkby Stephen In to Harrogate (86 miles)

    Today’s ride begins with a big climb followed by a descent from the Tan Hill Inn and towards the hamlet of Keld. The ride continues through remote and picturesque Stonesdale and Swaledale. There’s a mix of gentle ascents and descents, but these are punctuated by the occasional gruelling climb. The greatest challenge, however, comes after leaving Hawes, from where we ascend to Fleet Moss on a long climb with gradients that reach 20%. Keep pedalling, for from the top awaits 23 miles of gentle downhill to Appletreewick, from where we climb up and over Greenhow Hill and then leave the Yorkshire Dales to return to Harrogate.

Itinerary.

This challenging route meanders through the Yorkshire Dales on quiet country lanes and tackles some of Yorkshire’s toughest climbs. You’ll pedal through a variety of different dales, each of which boasts its own personality. The very names – Swaledale, Wensleydale, Dentdale, Ribblesdale – conjure up an image of remote Yorkshire beauty.

The cyclist who embarks on this trip will be rewarded with stunning scenery, and the local knowledge of Alan Little who has pedalled this route more than fifty times. Whether you book on your own ready to meet other riders or come with your cycling club, friendships and memories will be forged through miles in the saddle.  

Dates and Prices.

  • 16th October -
    17th October 2021
    £370

    Two days of guided and full supported cycling, lunch, drinks, bed and breakfast based on single occupancy

  • 16th October -
    17th October 2021
    £325

    Two days of guided and full supported cycling, lunch, drinks, bed and breakfast based on double occupancy

  • 16th October -
    17th October 2021
    £320

    Two days of fully supported cycling, lunch, drinks, bed and breakfast based on single occupancy

  • 16th October -
    17th October 2021
    £280

    Two days of fully supported cycling, lunch, drinks, bed and breakfast based on double occupancy

  • 16th October -
    17th October 2021
    £275

    Two days of self-guided cycling with bed and breakfast based on single occupancy

  • 16th October -
    17th October 2021
    £240

    Two days of self guided cycling with bed and breakfast based on double occupancy.

Route.

All our routes are available to our Komoot followers.  Follow Cycle Britain on Komoot.

What’s Included.

Accommodation.

One night of high-quality accommodation.

Cycling skills coaching

Our qualified coach and tour leader can provide coaching on descending, climbing, braking effectively and more for anyone who wants to improve their bike skills.

Fully-Supported Tour

The 'Alex Wagon' is the name of Cycle Britain's support vehicle. It is named after our amazing lead support manager, Alex. He's there to help with anything you may need and will track you on your journey to ensure you have the support required.

Unrivalled local knowledge.

Alan Little, Cycle Britain Founder and Yorkshire-man, has cycled this route more than 50 times!

Nutritous breakfasts, lunches and snacks.

After a hearty breakfast, the Alex Wagon becomes a pop-up cafe providing nutritious lunches, snacks, and sports drinks throughout your ride.

Bike-fit service

We offer a bike-fit service to ensure your bike is properly set up.

What’s Not Included.

A bike and helmet.

There are various local rental companies if you don’t wish to bring your own.

Transport.

Transport to/from Harrogate.

Travel Insurance.

We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance.

Dinners.

Pre-tour accommodation

If you want us to arrange accommodation in Harrogate before or after the trip, please let us know and we’ll be happy to help.

Accommodation.

We will stay at the Tan Hill Inn which, at an altitude of 1,732 feet (528 meters), is the highest pub in Britain. The pub stands atop a lonely hill in Swaledale, 12-kilometres from the nearest town and set against a backdrop of some of the UK’s best scenery with far-reaching views over the Yorkshire Dales. The pub is a tourist attraction in its own right; it retains its unique 17th-century charm with exposed beams, a stone-flagged floor and a warm and crackling log fire. Despite its barren setting, you can be sure to find a comfortable bed, a hearty dinner and a lively crowd of customers at the Tan Hill Inn.

Trip Suitability.

This is a Grade 4 tour, which means it is suitable for ‘for those that want a challenge.’ These routes ‘provide a challenge to complete climbs and steep descents’ and involve ’60 – 100 miles per day.’ 

The average daily distance is 82 miles. Over 2 days, you will climb 13,000 feet (4,000 metres).

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Frequently Asked Questions.

Do you cater to vegan and vegetarian diets?

Absolutely! Inform us in advance of any dietary requirements and we will be glad to cater to you.

Can I charge my phone?

We have a charging station in the support van.

What level of fitness do I need?

This is a Grade 4 tour, which means it is suitable for ‘for those that want a challenge.’ These routes ‘provide a challenge to complete climbs and steep descents’ and involve ’60 – 100 miles per day.’ Check out our coaching section for more info

What level of ability do I need?

A high level of ability and experience is required for steep ground and long descents.

What level of support is offered?

This trip has full vehicle support meaning everything you need is taken care of. We provide breakfasts, lunches and snacks and can offer advice on nutrition, equipment, preparation and training. We provide detailed route notes and GPX files.