The North York Moors National Park and surrounding area is one of the best places in the country to enjoy cycling of all types from gravel riding to mountain biking, from road cycling to cyclo-cross. With dedicated mountain biking centres and hundreds of miles of bridleways and quiet moorland roads you really are spoilt for choice.
A growing number of businesses are signing up to our Cycling Friendly initiative, making it easy for you to plan and make the most of your stay in the area. In fact you’ll probably need more than one stay to even scratch the surface of what’s on offer!
The North York Moors Cycling Friendly initiative recognises a wide variety of businesses who offer specific activities, facilities, information or services relating to the enjoyment of cycling in the National Park and surrounding area. Look out for businesses displaying this logo who have agreed to meet a set of minimum requirements for services and facilities. They have also signed up to be part of a collaborative network to collectively promote and celebrate the wonderful cycling on offer in the North York Moors National Park. Read about the different categories below and plan your stay using our interactive map.
Stay in a perfect location for accessing great cycling from the door or close by. A range of accommodation providers are now offering facilities such as secure lock up and kit storage with tools and bike wash facilities. The businesses will be able to help with advice on the nearest bike shops, service and hire centres and some even have agreements in place for delivery of hire bikes. They will also point you towards some great places to ride with cycling friendly places to visit for that all important mid ride tea or coffee and cake.
Food and drink
Almost as important as some amazing cycling through a picturesque and varied landscape is the staple of all great social riding, that all important cake stop. Already famed for being the Capital of Cake, the North York Moors and surrounding area has a growing number of businesses offering safe places to store your bike along with emergency tools and puncture repair kits. They can also advise on other things to see and places to visit for the next leg of your ride.
There aren’t many places in the UK that can boast five dedicated cycling centres or places to ride off road. Explore spectacular scenery from gentle disused railway rides along the coast to world class cross country courses designed for international competition. The cycling centres at Sutton Bank, Dalby Forest, Great Fryupdale, Hawsker and Newbridge Park offer facilities such as waymarked or mapped routes, cycle hire, bike wash and café facilities onsite or nearby. They’re also great places for general cycling advice, to buy spares or to get your bike fixed.
There are times when you may have a problem whilst out on a ride and you don’t have the tools to fix it. A number of businesses across the National Park have tools for public use and will have basic spares such as inner tubes for you to buy. If you can’t fix the problem they’ll also let you use their phone to contact the nearest cycle service centre that offers bike collection or mobile repairs.
If you’re looking to hire a bike for the day or the duration of your stay, there’s a wide selection of providers offering road, hybrid and mountain bikes as well as e-bikes. Some will also deliver the bikes to your accommodation. This makes it easier if you want to ride close to where you’re staying or point to point and you’re not able to transport or return bikes yourself. You can find out more information on bike hire or a look at the map for locations.
Retail and servicing
Whether you need parts, have something serious that needs fixing or you simply have to make that impulse buy there are lots of bike shops dotted around so you shouldn’t have to travel too far. You’ll get some great local advice and some have signed up to offer Repair Station facilities.
If you’re looking to get straight to the best routes or trails with some local knowledge or you’d like to improve your bike handling or maintenance skills there are a number of providers who can help. Look at the map for businesses who are part of the Cycling Friendly initiative or have a look at our Cycling holidays page.
There’s over 2000km of bridleways and quiet moorland roads allowing you to enjoy some amazing road and off road routes. You’ll find more information on road routes, explorer routes and our Moor to Sea network. Many of our Cycling Friendly businesses will have their own personal favourites too.
Our Cycling friendly initiative has been developed as part of Destination Partnerships Moors and Dales, a partnership project to boost rural tourism across the four protected landscapes within North Yorkshire. Funding for this project has been secured from the Rural Development Programme for England, funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD): Europe investing in rural areas.
The four protected partnerships are the North York Moors National Park. Yorkshire Dales National Park, Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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