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Introduction to cycling in the Yorkshire Dales, 4 nights/3daysWheatley Arms, Ilkley | Wheatley Lane | LS29 8PP
July 15 @ 4:00 pm - July 19 @ 10:00 am
This tour is designed for those relatively new to cycling or riders wanting a gentle introduction to cycling in the Yorkshire Dales. The emphasis will be enjoying rolling on two wheels at a steady pace comfortable for all riders in the group. Regular cafe stops will feature every day and the social aspect of the tour is very important.
The tour features 3 rides that showcase the incredible variety of roads and scenery in Yorkshire. Heading in a different direction each day, you will ride sections of the Tour de France routes and the Tour de Yorkshire as well as more undiscovered roads that both inspire and challenge.
Daily mileage will be around 25 – 50 miles, but there is flexibility and the rides can be shortened or lengthened based on the consensus of the riders.
Each morning there will be a briefing on the day’s ride showing the map, the profile and the terrain. Prior to departing each day, the team mechanic will be available to check the bikes. Carefully chosen cafe stops will feature on each ride and typically there will be at least 2 stops each day.
Accommodation is based in the lovely town of Ilkley, a location which is simply a gateway to the Yorkshire Dales. When the Tour de Yorkshire cycled through the town in 2015, the TV commentators described Ilkley as the ‘capital of cycling in Yorkshire’. The town boasts the largest cycling club in the country where almost 10% of the population are members!
You will stay at the Wheatley Arms which sits just below the Cow and Calf rocks. There are twelve gorgeous bedrooms including loft rooms and generously sized suites. All with luxurious bathrooms and some with roof top terraces and rolling views over Wharfedale and the famous Ilkley Moor. The Wheatley has consistently received excellent reviews on TripAdvisor and has the TripAdvisor ‘Certificate of Excellence’. It also takes pride in using many local suppliers for food and drink, including craft beer on draught produced by the two well respected breweries in Ilkley.
Evening dining is an important part of this tour. The food at the Wheatley Arms is very good, so we suggest you ‘eat in’ some nights. However, the town of Ilkley does boast some lovely restaurants. We can advise you on the choices available (we have plenty of experience here!) in order for you to find something which really suits you. The town also has several great pubs and bars.