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Safe cycling

Cyclists looking out towards Rosedale by Russell BurtonCyclists looking out towards Rosedale by Russell Burton

Exploring the National Park on two wheels is an exhilarating and a wonderful way to experience the varied landscapes in the North York Moors. Here's a quick guide to staying safe and respecting others whilst enjoying the ride. #ShareWithCare

On the right track

Only cycle on blue bridleways, not yellow footpaths

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  • There are four types of rights of way including hundreds of kilometres of bridleways and byways to ride on
  • If you download a route, check it’s legal or that you have permission
  • You may see similar colours for graded cycle routes at trail centres. They're different to public rights of way
Share the trail 

Give way to walkers and horse riders

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  • Let others know you’re there with a bell or a call
  • Leave gates as you find them. Open gates may be for access or livestock
  • Control your speed on busy trails, at junctions, bends and blind spots. Watch out for livestock and wildlife too
  • Stay safe, don’t race. Rights of way are not suitable for race or challenge apps
  • Be nice, say Hi. We’re all here to enjoy the outdoors together
Trail care

Keep singletrack single and stay on the trail

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  • You help to avoid erosion by staying on track
  • Avoid excessively wet and boggy areas in bad weather to help the trails recover. Consider using a trail centre as they're designed for all-season riding
  • Report any problems or damage on rights of way to the National Park
Keep it clean

Don’t give pests or diseases an easy ride

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  • Clean and wash your bike after every ride, onsite if possible, or at home before your next ride
  • A hose, brush and bike cleaner is all it takes and also helps maintain your bike
  • Leave no trace. Be an eco-warrior, not just a weekend warrior. Take your litter home with you
Be prepared

Plan ahead and make sure you’re equipped

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  • Make sure your bike is well maintained and carry some basic spares such as multi tool, inner tube and pump. See our cycle repair stations in the National Park
  • Tell somebody where you’re going and what time you’ll be back
  • Make sure you have the right clothing should the weather change
  • Take plenty of food and drink for the length/duration of ride. Stop off at a cycling friendly cafe
Ask permission

It’s illegal to build or alter trails without landowner consent

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  • Altering or building trails can disturb wildlife and destroy natural habitats
  • You must seek permission from the landowner before carrying out any work