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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

Facilities

Parking

  • Parking with charge

Routes

  • Accessibility of route - Easy to access
  • Description of route - It's a reasonably challenging route, with some steep ascents and descents, following minor country roads and lanes.
  • Length of route (miles) - 18
  • Typical duration of route - 2 hour 30 mins

Map & Directions

Public Transport Directions

Accessible by Public Transport: Danby station is 1 mile away.

Esk Valley West and Westerdale Route

Type:Cycle Route

The Moors National Park Centre, Lodge Lane, Danby, Whitby, YO21 2NB
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Season (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)

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