Road Cycling

About Cycling

Cycling is so much more than a fast and eco-friendly way of getting from A to B - in fact, to many it's a way of life. Whether you're committed to life on two wheels, or just like to get out and about with the wind in your hair on a weekend, Britain has a fantastic network of cycle paths running through town, country, coastline and forest, and there are few better ways to enjoy a beautiful view than from the saddle of a bike. If you've never tried a cycling holiday before, you might just find a brand new way to relax!

YHA invites you to try some of our great cycling holiday locations. Our network of cycling hostels is growing, with more and more hostels meeting our high cycling standards, ensuring both you and your bike have a relaxing evening after an adventurous day.

We have hostels near some of the best cycling locations in the country, but some of them offer much more than just a comfy place to stay. With secure bike storage facilities, basic repair kits, bike wash, drying rooms and a selection of spares available, these sites understand your needs as a cyclist. Our hostel staff can direct you to some of the best routes in the area or organise hire bikes for you during your stay. We'll even prepare a delicious and nourishing meal full of carbs to keep you fuelled up after a busy day of cycling.

For the Bradley Wiggins or Victoria Pendletons of this world, we have cycling hostels that offer some seriously challenging routes. We’re also pleased to welcome long-distance cyclists that are looking for just a one night stop-over.

Don’t worry if you’re not a serious cyclist or you’re more interested in a family cycling break, we cater for every ability with some of the best cycle routes in the country starting from our hostel doors.

Group Cycling

Whether you are the British Olympic team on a training camp or the Sunday Morning Rollers, staying with YHA can make your trip so much more enjoyable, relaxed and stress free. We’ve been looking after cyclists for over 80 years, so we know what’s important. If you are planning a trip for 16 or more cyclists, please contact our specialist group teams and let us help you with the details. Find out more here!

Our Expert View

The Pickering and Eskdale Loop, described by British Cycling as "A tough fifty miles of climbing and moor crossings, but with a variety of roads and scenery you would struggle to match anywhere else in England can be joined as it passes within a few miles of YHA Helmsley. This is a challenging route only for the experienced rider."

The Pickering and Eskdale Loop

A full day’s ride and worth every minute of it. This route takes you along the river Cam and through quiet country lanes, including the stunning Wicken Fen Nature Reserve, finishing at the enchanting Ely Cathedral.

Cambridge – Ely