Yorkshire Velo Tours offers hosted three day tours of the Yorkshire Dales. There are three tour options with dates running throughout the summer. Routes include some of the key climbs from the Tour de Yorkshire and the 2014 Tour de France, including Shibden Wall, Buttertubs and Blubberhouses.
Accommodation options include four nights spent at the Wheatley Arms in Ilkley with day rides into the Dales and a two centre route with baggage transfer and a night spent in Wensleydale. Prices are between £400 and £500 per person based on double occupancy.
Yorkshire Velo Tours also offers five one day Challenge Rides over the summer, with a maximum of 32 riders per event. It can also arrange bespoke group day rides, guide hire and corporate/team days.
More details on Yorkshire Velo Tours’ website.
Ilkley has gained a reputation as Yorkshire’s capital of cycling. It has the largest cycling club in the country, with almost 10% of the town’s population members. It’s on the route of Stage Three of this year’s Tour de Yorkshire on April 30.
Route ideas for £4.99
If you want some ideas for where to ride around the Dales, but don’t have time to join an organised group, Yorkshire Velo Tours also offers non-hosted rides. For £4.99 you can download route information, a gpx file and ride notes, including the vital coffee stops.
Tour de Yorkshire 2017 route video
The current list ranges from 34 miles with 650 metres of climbing up to 107 miles with 2531 metres climbed. All the rides are graded for their difficulty and there are tips on how to tackle some of Yorkshire’s toughest climbs.
All rides start and finish in Ilkley and your £4.99 also buys you off street parking and use of toilets and changing facilities at the Wheatley Arms pub. Yorkshire Velo Tours always has a free-to-download route on its site too, so you can check out its routes.