Cycling in Grinton
Close to the Dales Cycle Way, you will be hard pushed to find traffic on these quiet, tranquil roads.
YHA Grinton Lodge is the perfect location for your cycling holiday in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales where we offer family-friendly cycling, endurance cycling and mountain biking. It's a cyclists dream in every aspect!
For the family:
• Marrick Priory Lane – A quiet country lane ride past Marrick Priory ruins and outdoor centre, along the beautiful Swale River.
• Reeth Cycle – A lazy ride down to the historical village of Reeth for tea and scones at the Copper Kettle.
• Greets Hill Challenge – Can you make it up Greets Hill? Race to the top for the family challenge with the amazing view of the Dales to look back on.
- Tour de France Route - YHA Grinton is situated in what one can only describe as a cyclists paradise. The hostel finds itself right at the beginning of the now famous Tour de France classic hill climb Grinton Moor which forms part of the Tour de France in the Dales route. The route is regarded as one of the best challenges on offer in the UK today and shouldn’t be taken lightly with highlight being the infamous Buttertubs – 78 miles
Tour de France route info and map
- Swaledale Circular - An easy route for navigation! This route follows the undulating road up the lovely valley of Swaledale, and then climbs to the highest pub in the land at Tan Hill. From here the route back to Reeth is a classic – a quiet road through beautiful scenery which can seem virtually downhill all the way if the wind is behind you - 27 miles
Swaledale Circular route info and map
- Exploring Swaledale Ride - Swaledale is a beautiful valley to explore by bike with its quiet roads and beautiful views. This route uses the main valley road to go to Gunnerside and then includes some very quiet back roads for the return journey. The route is not completely flat, and you should expect a few climbs along the way – 15 miles
Exploring Swaledale route and map
- The Swaledale Round Route – This is regarded as a year round route but not to be attempted in windy conditions, at 33 miles it’s a tough challenge but the views make it totally worth the exhaustion and muddy gear.
Swaledale Round route info and map
- The Edge – Using portions of the route above but regarded as an easier ride but still has the holy grail of Fremington edge to compete with for those ready push the limits.
The Edge route and map
- Visit Reeth village for some local ice-cream at Reeth Ice Cream Parlour
- Sherper Services are available in the area to lug your bags from hostel to hostel if you’re on a long adventure
- Hazel Brow farm is down the road from the hostel for family visits with farm animals
- This Hostel doesn’t offer bike hire"
Other things to do nearby
Swaledale has the highest concentration of quality bridleways and trails anywhere in the Yorkshire Dales. Routes start from the Hostel door, so you can just set off for the day!
The area is full of striking landscapes to explore. The traditional limestone barns and wildflower meadows contrast with the rugged beauty of the old mine workings.
Discover this Norman castle’s fascinating past before taking a peaceful stroll round the secluded Cockpit Garden.
The greatest collections of European Fine and Decorative Arts in the North of England - a great day out for all of the family. Visit the Museum website
The Dales Countryside Museum shows the Yorkshire Dales way of life and explores traditions long gone, including lead mining, knitting, and cheese making.
This fortress has stunning views over the Tees Gorge. Don't miss the sensory garden of scented plants and tactile objects. Visit the English Heritage website
England’s largest single drop waterfall - a reputed 100ft drop, is set within the grounds of the historic Green Dragon Inn.
The perfect destination for fans of cheese - including Wallace & Gromit! See the cheese being made and then try a sample. Visit the website
Hawes is almost the halfway point on the famous Pennine Way walking route and sits in the stunning location of Wensleydale.
Hawes is an excellent base for mountain biking in the Yorkshire Dales. Don't forget to look up and admire the amazing views that stretch over Wensleydale and Swaledale!
Well positioned on the Dales Cycle Way, YHA Hawes is an excellent stop-off point for all cyclists en-route, no matter where you're going - north, south, east or west.
The Yorkshire Dales is renowned for its walking terrain, and there aren’t many better reasons as to why than a visit to Malham Cove and Gordale Scar. Formed by a melting glacier at the end of
This dramatic medieval castle, set within a deer park, has a lovely walled garden, fine furniture and fantastic art collection. Visit the Castle website
Walkers are in for a treat! With YHA Kettlewell being pretty much at the foot of Great Whernside, a great day's walk is up, round the back of the house and over the top to Starbotton and back in
Mountain and cyclocross bikes are welcome on all the bridle ways in the area, have a look at the map (available in reception) as there are so many great routes to chose form.
This is a simply amazing area for fell running. A popular winter route is night running over Great Whernside, only for the experienced, but with a clear night, there is really nowhere better on