Ride the Tour de Yorkshire
Stage one – Halifax to Leeds
Getting from Halifax to Leeds by train takes less than 40 minutes, but we reckon you could do it in around two hours on your bike. The Tour de Yorkshire’s route takes you up past Skipton, through Middleham and then down through Masham averaging five hours (phew!). But we recommend catching the train to Halifax with your bike in tow and taking a more direct route instead.
Taking your bike on the train won’t cost you a penny, so that’s one thing less you have to think about. Depending on your operator, you may need to . And did you know, with our app you can find whether a station has parking for your bike? Just do a search for your journey, click the Live Tracker and when you tap your station you’ll find a whole bunch of information like if there’s an ATM, the number for Lost Property and accessibility details.
Start location – Halifax
Finish location – Leeds
Stage two – Middlesbrough to Whitby
Trains from Middlesbrough to Whitby are direct and take around an hour and a half, so depending on how fast you peddle and how many breaks you take, you could do it by bike in around two and a half to three hours.
This route cuts across the North York Moors National Park, a perfect spot for taking in some sea and mountain views. Love a national park? Read our blog for tips on how to get to some of the UK’s best.
Start location – Middlesbrough
Suggested pit stop – Danby
Head up to Danby Beacon for panoramic views of the Moors, an ideal pit stop for a sandwich and a swig of water to refuel before the second leg of your trip.
Finish location – Whitby
Stage three – Ribblehead to Settle
One of the best ways to take in pretty views of the Yorkshire dales is on the Ribblehead circular bike route via Settle. As it’s a loop, it doesn’t matter where you start. You can either catch the train to Ribblehead and head south, or begin at Settle train station and head north.
There are some fair climbs to give your muscles a bit of a workout as well as plenty of pubs and cafes along the way for when you need a break.
Start location – Ribblehead
Suggested pit stop – Horton-in-Ribblesdale has bike storage space, so park up and take one of the walking routes to see Yorkshire on foot. Most people come to try their hand at the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge, but there are plenty of lighter options you can choose if you don’t want to over do it. If you do tire yourself out, you can always catch the train back instead of cycling, we won’t tell!
Finish location – Settle
Try something different this weekend and take the train to somewhere new with your bike. Find cheap train tickets today.