Rekindle Your Love of Cycling with Yorkshire's Most Beautiful Cycle Routes

Rekindle Your Love of Cycling with Yorkshire's Most Beautiful Cycle Routes
November 01, 2016

Do you want to rekindle your love of cycling but are afraid to get back on the saddle? 20 years ago your options to get back into cycling were limited. But this is 2016, and times have changed.

Do you want to rekindle your love of cycling but are afraid to get back on the saddle?

20 years ago your options to get back into cycling were limited. But this is 2016, and times have changed.

Electric bikes used to be heavy, unpractical, and more of a gimmick than a viable alternative to traditional cycling. Nowadays, the frames are lighter, the styles plentiful, and the batteries so discreet you barely know you’re riding an electric bike.

Cover upwards of 35 miles on a single charge, all without breaking a sweat.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get outdoors and experience the sights and sounds of this beautiful county we call home.

All routes have been handpicked and are suitable for inexperienced cyclists or those returning to cycling after an extended break.

Elsecar Greenway to Old Moor Wetlands Centre

Where: Barnsley, South Yorkshire

Distance: 3 miles each way

Difficulty: Easy

Elsecar Greenway to Old Moor Wetlands Centre

Good bits:

  • Toilets, a café, shop, and car parking are all available at Elsecar Heritage Centre. At RSPB Old Moor there are also toilets, a café and a shop.
  • The trail passes a retail park with a supermarket.
  • Generally a flat route with the occasional raised section.
  • Trees provide some protection from the weather for the majority of the route.
  • Visitors can take a steam train ride at Elsecar Heritage Centre.

Not so good bits:

  • The route does have some roads that need to be crossed.

More info:

http://www.transpenninetrail.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/downloads/Elsecar_Q.pdf

Scarborough to Whitby

Where: Safe Ways Park, Scarborough

Distance: 21 miles each way

Difficulty: Intermediate

Scarborough to Whitby

Good bits:

  • Runs along the scenic cliff top.
  • Suitable for inexperienced cyclists.
  • Mostly a traffic free and flat route.
  • Attractions to visit whilst there: Scarborough Castle, Whitby Abbey.
  • The route is that of a disused railway line – no trains have run along the route since 1965.

Not so good bits:

  • The track can get muddy in bad weather.
  • Roads in Robin Hood’s Bay are very steep.

More info:

http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/route/scarborough-to-whitby

Penistone to Dunford Bridge

Where: Penistone, near Barnsley

Distance: 6.5 miles each way

Difficulty: Easy

Penistone to Dunford Bridge

Good bits:

  • There are information panels to read along the route.
  • There is a nature reserve to explore (Wogden Foot Nature Reserve). Six locally crafted sculptures can also be spotted along the route, as can windmills.
  • Café’s and tearooms in Penistone – a market town.
  • Penistone Station is accessible from both Huddersfield and Sheffield through a Northern Rail service and bikes are allowed on the trains. It is then a short walk from the station to Tesco.

Not so good bits:

  • There is one road to cross on this trail.

More info:

http://www.transpenninetrail.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/downloads/Trip6.pdf

Harrogate to Ripley

Where: Bilton, near Harrogate

Distance: 4 miles each way

Difficulty: Easy

Nidderdale Greenway

Good bits:

  • The route is along a former railway line.
  • Traffic free route. Incorporates a grade 2-listed seven-arch Nidd Gorge Viaduct. Highlight of the route is crossing the viaduct.
  • Route suitable for children and less confident cyclists – route is away from traffic.

Not so good bits:

  • No signs from Harrogate Station to the beginning of the railway path currently. Exit west of the station and walk bikes up Station Parade, turn right onto Bower Road and access the route at the back of ASDA car park.
  • Dog walking route so riders need to be alert of this. Joggers also use the route.

More info:

http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/route/harrogate-to-ripley

Remember to seek advice from your doctor about returning to the saddle if you have suffered from injury or illness in the past that has caused you to stop exercising.

If you want to iron out hills, embark on long-distance cruises without getting tired, and make the most of the great outdoors, our range of electric bikes could be just the solution.

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