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Yorkshire Dales cycle route with ‘spectacular’ views among the UK’s best



The Yorkshire Dales Loop is said to take cyclists through “bucolic scenery and quaint towns” such as Ilkley and you will feel “on top of the world” after completing it.

It comes as the travel experts invited some of the UK and Ireland’s most passionate cyclists to select their favourite cycle routes, resulting in a diverse list that caters to riders of all levels.

The ranking ranges from tranquil paths ideal for beginners to demanding trails for experienced cyclists, encompassing the idyllic wildflower meadows of the Cotswolds, the dramatic chalk cliffs along the Kent coast and the iconic Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.

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Big 7 Travel commented: “There are now thousands of miles of dedicated cycle paths crisscrossing the country, including car-free tracks, quiet country lanes and former railway lines. But with so much choice, which should you choose for your next two-wheeled adventure?

“We’ve rounded up 20 of the best cycle routes in the UK and Ireland based on feedback from our social audience and editorial opinion. Each of these routes offers something unique, whether it’s breathtaking vistas that stretch for miles or challenging climbs guaranteed to test your limits. We’ve included routes suitable for beginners, families, and advanced cyclists to make sure no one feels left out too.”

You can see the full list here.

Why is the Yorkshire Dales Loop among UK’s best cycle routes?

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Have you ever cycled through the Yorkshire Dales?Have you ever cycled through the Yorkshire Dales? (Image: Getty)

Big 7 Travel explained: “From the North York Moors to Strines, Yorkshire is blessed with brilliant cycle routes, but the Dales comes up trumps when it comes to famous climbs.

“This circular route flies through bucolic scenery and quaint towns, including Ilkley, Hawes, Aysgarth and Leyburn.

“Pass through most of the major dales in the national park, rising high above sea level and offering spectacular views.”

It adds: “There are two particularly steep climbs on this route, with an elevation gain of 1,500+ feet, so it is best suited to more advanced cyclists.

“However, the path is smooth and easy to navigate. So, if you can rise to the challenge of 6-8 hours of cycling, you’ll feel on top of the world after conquering this circular route.”

The Yorkshire Dales Loop is approximately 95 miles in total and ranked in 10th place.

Recommended reading:

10 best cycle routes in the UK and Ireland

  1. North York Moors Cycleway, North Yorkshire
  2. Giant’s Causeway to Benone Cycle Route, Northern Ireland
  3. Elan Valley Trail, Wales
  4. The Caledonia Way, Scotland
  5. Isle of Wight Round the Island, Isle of Wight
  6. South Downs Way, Sussex
  7. The Northumberland Coastal Route, Northumberland
  8. The Borrowdale Bash, Cumbria
  9. The Taff Trail, Wales
  10. Yorkshire Dales Loop, Yorkshire

You can find more information about each best-named cycle route on the Big 7 Travel website.

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