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Cycle Route, free entry

Esk Valley West and Westerdale Cycle Route

Esk Valley West and Westerdale Cycle Route

Details

The western road circuit out of The Moors Centre follows minor valley and moorland roads, and combines a run along the upper Esk Valley with a sweeping ride across the high moorland above Commondale and Westerdale. It’s a fairly lonely ride at times – nearly all the pubs and drink stops are on the first part of the route – but the views are magnificent. You end with a ride through quiet Danby Dale, with the pub at Ainthorpe or the café at The Moors Centre providing a welcome finish.

About this cycle route

Route type: Road route

Distance:18 miles (30km)

Time: 2½ hours

Start point: The Moors National Park Centre, Danby - ride anti-clockwise

Grid Ref: NZ 717 083

OS Map: Ordnance Survey OL26

Refreshments:The Moors Centre, Danby, Castleton, Commondale, Ainthorpe


Road route, for road bikes and hybrids.

Starting-point for this western loop of the Esk Valley is The Moors National Park Centre at Danby, 15 miles from Whitby, where there's visitor parking, cycle parking, a café, and a shop selling cycle guides and maps.

It's a reasonably challenging route, with some steep ascents and descents, following minor country roads and lanes. It passes through several characteristic moorland villages and gives riders both a taste of the heather-clad moors and of the wide, flat, farmed valley bottoms.

Route highlights!

•The wind in your hair on the moorland ride
•Stop at Duck Bridge, a handsome packhorse crossing near The Moors Centre
•Visit the bakery in Danby for high-energy snacks!
•Detour to Botton village and its creamery, café and shop

Cycle Route: It's a reasonably challenging route, with some steep ascents and descents, following minor country roads and lanes.

Access: Easy to access

Duration: 2 hour 30 mins

Miles: 18

Prices

Free entry

Contact

Scarborough Tourism Bureau

01439 772737

Address

The Moors National Park Centre,
Lodge Lane,
Danby,
Whitby,
YO21 2NB

Location

Directions

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Map reference: NZ 716083  Lat: 54.46589 Long: -0.89649

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Danby station