Cycling Routes for the Yorkshire Coast
Some Of Yorkshire's Best Cycling Routes
Cinder Track - Scarborough to Whitby
Operating along the Yorkshire Coast from 1885 until 1965, the old railway line is now a quiet off-road route for cyclists but where will it take you?
You might decide to stop at one of the quiet bays such as Crook Ness, Cloughton Wyke or Stoupe Beck Sands…
You might stop to wonder at the 13 spans of the 120ft high Larpool viaduct where the line crosses the River Esk in Whitby or be gently confounded by the town that never quite was at Ravenscar…
Known as “The Cinder Track” due to its cinder track ballast, the line now forms 21 miles of Route 1 of the National Cycle Network and is very popular with cyclists and walkers from across the UK.
Moors to Sea, Cycle Route
Linking the towns of Scarborough, Pickering and Whitby the 'Moors to Sea Cycle Route' features 80 miles of forest tracks, lanes and the former coastal railway. Of course, it can be tackled in smaller stages and visitors can hire cycles along the route. Check out Dalby Bike Barn (the official bike hire operator for the Forestry Commission) for more bike hire information and guided rides.
Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route
The new Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route is a circular route around the enchanted rolling hills and coastal cliffs of the East Riding, Ryedale and southern Scarborough borough.
The route has hidden valleys, wildflower verges, varied wildlife, clean beaches and big skies, and passes through picturesque villages, market towns and by historic houses and churches. Well signed in both directions as part of the National Cycle Network. For more information visit the Yorkshire Wolds Big Skies website www.cycleyorkshirewolds.com
Dalby Forest Cycle Routes
Dalby Forest is situated on the southern slopes of the North York Moors National Park.
Managed by The Forestry Commission, Dalby Forest provides some great mountain biking trails suitable for all abilities.From leisurely family cycle trails, such as the Ellerburn Family Cycle Route, to short but challenging routes across varying terrains, there is a wealth of graded routes for you to choose from.
Discover The Forestry Commission England website for more on the bike routes available for all to enjoy at Dalby Forest.
Walney to Wear and Whitby (W2W) Cycle Route
You can now cycle ‘coast to coast' from Walney Island in Cumbria to Whitby via Tan Hill, thanks to the opening of Regional Route 52 between Barnard Castle and the historic North Yorkshire port.
Inspired by the original Sea to Sea Cycle Route (C2C), this well signed route is 179 miles (288km) long and is fully mapped. Mostly on country lanes, back roads and cycle paths, with a few off-road bits, It's a classic ‘coast to coast’ cycling touring adventure done as short break or longer holiday, challenging in both distance and terrain, but really quite achievable with some preparation.
And for those feeling energetic, why not add to the adventure by cycling an extra 20 miles (32km) along the coast-hugging ex-railway Cinder Track to Scarborough?
For more information visit the Cycling W2W website - www.cyclingw2w.info