It’s safe to say that Autumn is officially underway and Winter is just around the corner. Colder days and longer nights can sometimes make cycling that less bit appealing. But don’t get off that bike just yet!
Winter cycling usually means muddy, slippery, technical and incredibly challenging courses. But these can also be the most invigorating and rewarding of rides.
We’ve composed a short list of some of the best Winter cycling routes in the Yorkshire Dales:
Scar House Reservoir.
Distance: 23.5 miles.
The local trails there sit atop a fantastic grit-stone base which means that the routes will stay hard throughout the worst possible Winter weathers. With it being short, it’s the perfect length for a weekend ride. It’s far from boring too! With a mix of rocky descents, steady climbs and fast double-tracks you’ll never want to finish the route. However, it can be rather windy on these routes, so ensure you’ve got the perfect cycling gloves ( http://www.spokesmanclothing.com/?s=gloves&post_type=product) in hand!
Yorkshire Dales, Barden Moor/Hebden Gill
Distance: 23 miles.
Ascent: 2585 feet.
This is a ride that weaves in and around Wharfdale and the area surrounding. You’ll occasionally find yourself using roads in order to find the best tract. Some of the best descents are here on this route. A popular route is Skyreholme, down to Appletreewick which is a must-see! If you’re looking for a timeless tour of the Dales’ terrain, this route is the one
Way of the roses.
This is Britain’s newest ‘coast to coast’ cycle route, The route runs between Morecambe and Bridlington. Between the broad sweeps of Morecambe and Bridlington Bays, you’ll be cycling across a gorgeous and varied landscape, compromising in the Luke Valley, Yorkshire Dales, Nidderdale AONB and the Yorkshire Wolds. This route consists of empty pathways that aren’t riddles with traffic, perfect for an enjoyable tour.
Lakes and Dales Loop
Distance: 196 miles
This route takes you through the beautiful Cumbrian countryside, taking you through both the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. The Dales section of this route takes you
through Kirkby Lonsdale and through the valley of Barbondale to reach Dent and Sedbergh. You will get up close and personal with the River Lune upon this route and also head through the Westmorland Dales!
Although this route is known for it’s hills, there is still very little climbing!
Are you going to attempt to conquer the tough terrain? We would definitely recommend these routes if youǯre looking for a challenge!