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Cycling and Walking

2014 Tour de France © Denise Burden


The landscape around Wensleydale offers some great cycling experiences, from legendary uphill climbs to the gentler routes exploring pretty villages with their pubs and tea shops.

The route for the 2014 Tour de France passed Wensleydale House, so you can re-live some of the Stage 1 Tour excitement from the doorstep.

Sample routes
Wensleydale Castles
Coverdale Loop
Two Valleys route

Mountain biking

The Yorkshire Dales has always been a favourite for mountain bikers due to its varied terrain. Wensleydale and Swaledale are home to some real technical epics (and fantastic views).

sample routes
Coverdale high route

Mountain bikes can be hired (and repaired) at Leyburn Bikes and the Dales Bike Centre in Reeth

The Release © Denise Burden


Leyburn makes a perfect base for a Dales walking holiday, as there are a number of interesting walks in Wensleydale and Swaledale to suit all abilities.

Sample walks
Castle Bolton
Semer Water
Villages of Coverdale
Middleham to Masham

For a car – free day there are also many options for one way walks along the Wensleydale using public transport:

Wensleydale Railway
Little White Bus
Dales and Dictrict