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Bike + Train: Take on the Tour De Yorkshire

 

Taking on Stage 1: Beverley to Settle

Stage one cuts across the heart of Yorkshire, taking in a stunning cross section of England. The region famed for its wealth of heritage and literary inspiration has a varied landscape ranging from rocky outcrops to undulating farmland, with one steep climb before the final quarter. If you don’t want to take on the whole stage North Yorkshire has more than 10,000km public rights of way for you to make the most of!

Suggested pit stop:

Wetherby, an historic market town, with plentiful gardens and parks for a relaxing lunchtime pit stop. If you are partial to a pie, it is a great idea to add an award-winning Voakes Pie from Sykes House Farm to your picnic – don’t forget to order the day before!

Extra Info:

Stage Length 114 Miles

By train:

Nearest Station to Start: Beverley Nearest Station to Finish: Settle To get to stage 2: Settle > Shipley > Menston!

 

Taking on Stage 2: Otley to Doncaster

Stage two takes you down through West Yorkshire to South Yorkshire skirting the boundaries of some of Yorkshire’s most industrious cities. The route has 3 climbs making it tougher than the first stage, but it also passes several spa towns, so it’d be rude not to stop for the occasional break…

Suggested pit stop:

Pontefract, famous for its lovely liquorice, is a great place to stroll around and work the burn out of your legs. Plus stopping buy one of the town’s two sweet factories will provide the perfect glucose-rich boost to keep you pedalling!

Extra info:

Stage Length 84 Miles

By train:

Nearset Station to Start: Menston Nearest Station to Finish: Doncaster To get to stage 3: Doncaster > Darlington > Middlesborough

 

Taking on Stage 3: Middlesborough to Scarborough

The final, longest and hilliest stage takes you from Middlesborough to Scarborough, it’s pretty far, but thankfully it is also the easiest to turn into a shorter route. Exploring the North York Moors by bike and train is a great way to connect with the awe-inspiring landscape, which encompasses the sea, the moors and the mountains.

Suggested pit stop:

The longest stage demands a little more rest time, so first Rievaulx Abbey, Helmsley, which will be reopening after renovating its museum (be first!)**. Secondly, a stop off in Whitby is a must! The stunning sea views are perfect for revitalising you for the final leg and there is an award-winning fish and chip shop (Quayside) overlooking the famous harbour.

Extra info:

Stage Length 121 Miles

By train:

Nearset Station to Start: Middlesborough Nearest Station to Finish: Scarborough Going home: Trains from Scarborough connect from York

All routes use Northern Rail. Taking a bike on Northern Rail trains: Inter-urban and local trains across the North of England and parts of the East Midlands. Reservations not available. Two cycle spaces per train. Find out more about reserving a bicycle space.

**Rievaulx Abbey museum reopens from 28th May 2016

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