About this Book
Enjoy cycling in Yorkshire with this new title from Bradwell Books. Bradwell’s Family Cycle Rides Yorkshire offer a selection of 20 routes in the county that are mainly on some of the plentiful trails in the area. The rides have been designed with rider safety in mind, they are classed as easy, moderate or difficult; easy rides will be suitable for youngsters, moderate rides will provide a bit more of a challenge and difficult are longer or steeper and will test aspiring teenagers’ stamina and map reading skills. For each ride the author describes the ride and location before going on to pro-vide route
instructions that are accompanied by clear Ordnance Survey mapping with the route marked up on the map. Routes are accompanied by ‘The Basics’ - a box for the details of each ride, this contains the information that will help the reader decide whether the ride is suitable for their ability. The book also caters for those without a bike; there are several rides that start at centres where the reader can hire a bike for the day. Whatever ride the reader chooses, they will not be disappointed by some of the most spectacular vistas that Yorkshire has to offer.
List of Rides
01. East Yorkshire - The Humber Estuary (Easy) 9 miles
02. East Yorkshire - Market Weighton to Beverley (Moderate or Easy option) 22 miles
03. North Yorkshire (East) - Castle Howard (Moderate) 9 miles
04. North Yorkshire (East) - Hutton-le-Hole (Difficult) 13 miles
05. North Yorkshire (East) - Scarborough to Cloughton (Easy) 9 miles
06. North Yorkshire (East) - Sutton Bank (Moderate) 9½ miles
07. North Yorkshire (East) - Whitby to Ravenscar (Easy) 22 miles
08. North Yorkshire (East) - York to Naburn (Easy) 12½ miles
09. North Yorkshire (West) - Fewston and Swinsty Reservoirs (Easy) 6½ miles
10. North Yorkshire (West) - Harrogate, Ripley and Knaresborough (Easy) 12 miles
11. North Yorkshire (West) - Pateley Bridge to How Stean Gorge (Difficult) 14 miles
12. North Yorkshire (West) - Skipton to Bolton Abbey (Moderate) 13½ miles
13. South Yorkshire - Dearne and Don Valleys (Moderate) 25 miles
14. South Yorkshire - Penistone to Winscar Reservoir (Moderate or Easy option) 14 /11½ miles
15. South Yorkshire - Wortley (Difficult) 16 miles
16. West Yorkshire - Anglers Country Park (Easy) 10 miles
17. West Yorkshire - Colne Valley (Easy) 14½ miles
18. West Yorkshire - Lower Aire Valley (Moderate) 22½ miles
19. West Yorkshire - Saltaire to Bingley and Keighley (Easy) 12½ miles
20. West Yorkshire Todmorden to Hebden Bridge and Sowerby Bridge (Easy) 19 miles
Cycling in Britain is booming. It’s a 21st-century cultural revolution that has gathered pace across the country as our medal factory of elite cyclists has demonstrated its mettle on the international stage. But it was Yorkshire’s successful hosting of the prestigious 2014 Grand Départ of the Tour de France that truly shifted Britain’s cycling performance into top gear.
These displays of pedal power have proven an inspiration to all of us, not just the athletes who pump their Lycra-clad thighs up and down like industrial pistons, to get on our bikes. The halo effect of Yorkshire’s Grand Départ has truly put God’s Own County at the hub of the cycling map as the world’s top cyclists continue to participate in its annual legacy, the Tour de Yorkshire, as well as the World Road Racing Championships in 2019 and a host of other globally recognised cycling events, all of which provide the perfect platform to showcase the glorious diversity of Yorkshire’s landscapes.
North Yorkshire is home to two iconic national parks – the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors – alongside some fabulous coastal resorts, such as Scarborough and Whitby. The city of York is regarded as one of the country’s premier cycling centres.
East Yorkshire has its gentler Wolds, and you can spin your wheels across the Humber Bridge – the world’s longest cyclable single-span suspension bridge.
West and South Yorkshire are both, courtesy of the Industrial Revolution, more densely populated. Ironically, the ebbing of the industrial tide has presented some of the county’s best opportunities for traffic-free, leisurely rides along canal towpaths and disused railway trackbeds.
This selection of twenty stand-out rides can, of course, only offer a taster of Yorkshire’s extensive cycling infrastructure. Some of the routes visit towns and cities that have hosted the big-ticket cycle races, but rest assured that your adventures will be relaxed, fun, full of interest and accessible for all ages and abilities. So saddle up for the inside track to your own, family-friendly Tour de Yorkshire!
These rides are for anyone seeking a gentler pace, but with the family specifically in mind they have been categorised as easy, moderate or difficult:
• Easy routes are for riders building confidence, who have basic bike-handling skills and shared path sense. While these outings predominantly use virtually level, dedicated traffic-free trails, any short road sections are quiet and/or pavemented to allow riders to dismount and push.
• Moderate routes require cycling skills on roads and/or a willingness to tackle some hills.
• Difficult routes require proficient bike handling and competency on roads, plus the endurance for distances and gradients that are a little more challenging.
These general classifications should be read in conjunction with ‘The Basics’ information panel for each ride to help you decide if the terrain is suitable for you. Some of the rides offer shorter, ‘easy’ options as an alternative to the full route.
As a minimum should include:
• Basic bike maintenance checks – tyre pressure, brakes, chains etc
• Helmets are recommended
• Sensible clothing, extra layers and sun screen
• Mobile phone
• Bike locks
• Snacks and drinks, especially water
• Toolkit, including puncture repair
• First-aid kit
Ride safety precautions
• Generally speaking, whether you are riding on or off-road, it’s better to have one adult riding behind any children and the pace should be set by the slowest family member.
• On multi-user off-road trails: Be courteous to other trail users. Slow down, give way or stop if necessary when approaching others. Let them know you are there, but don’t assume they can hear or see you.
• On the road: Follow the Highway Code. Ride with an awareness of where you can see and be seen, and signal clearly.
Size: 220 x 120mm
Author: Carol Burkinshaw