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Thatch Cottage, Thornton le Dale by Mike Kipling

Pickering to Langdale End

Starting from Pickering – gateway to the North York Moors National Park – this section of the Moor to Sea passes through the pretty village of Thornton le Dale en route to Dalby Forest. Dalby’s own network of off-road cycle trails is well known, but the Moor to Sea quickly leaves Low Dalby and heads for Langdale End. It’s a hilly ride, with the hard work rewarded by some fantastic freewheels downhill. Almost the whole stage is forested, which makes it a sheltered route on a windy day.

Cycle route info

Route type:
Moors to Sea Network
15 miles (24km)
2 to 3½ hours
Start point:
Pickering roundabout
Cycle hire
Grid Ref:
SE 796 839
OS Map:
Ordnance Survey OL27
Plenty of choices in Pickering and Thornton le Dale, plus refreshments and visitor centre at Low Dalby, and the Moorcock Inn at Langdale End

About this cycle route

On roads and forest tracks, with some steep ascents and descents

This cycle route is part of the 'Moor to Sea Cycle Network', which connects Scarborough, Whitby, Dalby Forest, Pickering and Great Ayton in a stunning series of moorland, forest and coastal loops.

There are 11 different connecting sections, adding up to around 150 miles of cycling in total, through the very heart of the North York Moors National Park. Cycle it all at once (in 5 or 6 days), or tackle it a section at a time – each part of the route offers a different challenge.

There are more details on our Moor to Sea Cycle Network page, and a list of local hire outlets on the Cycle hire page.

Route highlights!

  • Detour to Pickering Castle, where medieval monarchs came to stay
  • Tackle an off-road bike track in Dalby Forest – if you've got the stamina
  • Keep an eye out for roe deer, hiding in the trees
  • Selfie time in front of Thornton's famous beckside thatched cottage