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Come and enjoy the Yorkshire Dales on a bicycle, tandem or Tramper!

There are so many routes and so much great scenery! How about a day cycling part of the Tour de France route? You can relive the excitement of the great race in Yorkshire, 'have a go' at the Cote de Buttertubs, Cote de Blubberhouses or Cote de Cray. Find out more about the cycling route for Le Tour de Yorkshire (Tour de France 2014) by reading Rosemary's blog

Another option is a day cycling off road in Gisburn Forest, there are tracks through the woods and adventure courses to try your hand at.

If you fancy something a little different why not try out tandem riding! Or get aboard a Tramper or even an electric bike and sit back and enjoy the scenery without the hard slog up the hills!

Bike hire is available from Settle just a few miles away, various options are listed below. If you like to plan in advance please ask Rosemary about having a bikes delivered to Layhead Farm Cottages.

Tour de Yorkshire 2016

2nd Annual Tour de Yorkshire Race
29th April - 1st May 2016

This is a three day cycle race taking in the beautiful scenery of every part of Yorkshire. This year the Stage 1 was from Beverly to Settle, Stage 2 Otley to Doncaster and Stage 3 Middlesborough to Scarborough.

Stage 1: Beverley to Settle
The first stage set off from the market place in Beverley through North Bar before heading north west to the Official Start at Beverley Racecourse. Then to Holme-on-the-Wolds, Market Weighton and on westwards to a sprint point at Bubwith. From there, the peloton raced through North Duffield and west to Cawood - scene of Dick Turpin's famous escape from York - and on to Tadcaster, famous for its breweries.

After that, riders will rode through Boston Spa, Wetherby, North Deighton and Knaresborough, home of the famous 'spotty house' from the Tour de France, decorated with the red spots of the King of the Mountains' jersey. From there riders travelled to Ripley, home of the UK's only Hotel de Ville rather than Town Hall, and on to Pateley Bridge where the first King of the Mountain race took place at Greenhow Hill. On April 29th there was snow at the top of Greenhow and the riders had to battle very inclement weather. After that, on to Grassington, Threshfield and a return to some of the Tour de France roads, through Cracoe then Gargrave,, Hellfield, Long Preston.

The riders then entered Settle town to a large waiting crowd, including us who were in the front row opposite the finishing line. After they had crossed the finish line in Settle for the first time, they then rode for a sprint at Giggleswick, up to the top of Buckhaw Brow. They then completed a 12km loop back to the A65 and round to Settle town centre for an exciting and very close finish in the town.

Stage 2: Otley to Doncaster
Stage 3: Middlesborough to Scarborough

For more details of the event visit the Tour de Yorkshire website

Bike Hire Shops

Off the Rails, Settle
Cycle Adventure
JD Tandems, Gargrave
Dalesbridge Centre near Settle
Bowland Experience - Tramper or electric bike hire
A Tramper is a specially designed four wheel drive electric buggy which can be used off-road and even on rough terrain

Bikes and parts to purchase

3 Peaks Cycles, Settle

Special offers coming soon!

Watch this space

Some other routes

The Pennine Way Bridleway - which runs right through Settle just a couple of miles from Layhead Farm Cottages.

Have a look at the Yorkshire Dales National Park website or The Forest of Bowland Cycling Page for some great routes ideas.

If you have any questions or would like printed maps please just ask Rosemary.

So... what are you waiting for? Time to get on your bike! Don't forget the picnic (or list of pubs along the way!)

We'd love to have any of your photos to put up on this page so please do Tweet or Facebook us!

Found a great bike shop or hire centre near Layhead Farm Cottages please let Rosemary know and we will include them on our website!



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