Dalby Forest Loop Cycle Route

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Get a real feel for two very different landscapes in the National Park on a roller-coaster of a route that starts high on the moors at Saltergate. First up is Dalby Forest, as you head along shady forest roads and tracks, down towards the visitor centre in the heart of the forest. Then it’s a steep climb out of the valley, up and down through the traditional villages of Lockton and Levisham, before finishing with a thrilling ride across Levisham Moor, enjoying views across the vast natural amphitheatre known as the Hole of Horcum. It’s a cracker of a route, showcasing some of the best bits of the National Park in an exciting half-day adventure.

About this cycle route

Route type: Explorer route

Distance:14½ miles (23km)

Time: 2 to 2½ hours

Start point: Saltergate car park

Grid Ref: SE 852 936

OS Map: Ordnance Survey OL27

Refreshments:Two cafés in Dalby Forest, pub at Levisham, seasonal tea room in Lockton, and often an ice-cream van at Saltergate car park.

Explorer route, for mountain bikes and hybrids.

The route mostly follows good stone tracks and tarmac, with a sweeping grass/stone moorland section to finish. You should be prepared to walk up the short, steep roads to Lockton and Levisham, but otherwise it’s a ride for beginners, families and explorers alike.

Note – it’s pay and display parking at the start-point of Saltergate, while access to Dalby Forest by vehicle is by toll road (though cycling into the forest is free).

Hiring a bike? Start the route at Dalby Bike Barn in Dalby Forest instead.

Route highlights!

* Look around the Forestry Commission Visitor Centre in Dalby Forest
* A rest on the grass in the quiet villages of Lockton and Levisham
* Dragonfly-spotting at Dundale Pond
* Take a selfie with the Hole of Horcum as your backdrop

Levisham Moor

While it’s tempting to zip along the moorland track, with the end of the route in sight, take a break to enjoy the sights and sounds of a moor that’s rich in wildlife.

Dundale Pond is a good place to rest – the old watering hole for a medieval sheep farm is a magnificent place for summer dragonflies and butterflies. In spring, watch out for lapwings making their darting, twisting mating flights, while the moors’ signature bird species – native to Britain – is the red grouse, whose warning cluck can be heard as it flies fast and low above the heather.

Facilities

Parking

  • Parking with charge

Routes

  • Accessibility of route - Easy to access.
  • Description of route - The route mostly follows good stone tracks and tarmac, with a sweeping grass/stone moorland section to finish. You should be prepared to walk up the short, steep roads to Lockton and Levisham, but otherwise it’s a ride for beginners, families and explorer
  • Length of route (miles) - 15
  • Typical duration of route - 2hrs-2hrs 30mins.

Map & Directions

Public Transport Directions

Accessible by Public Transport.

Dalby Forest Loop Cycle Route

Type:Cycle Route

Saltergate Car Park, Saltergate, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7NR
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Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)

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