Cycling in Grinton

Cycling in Grinton

Overview

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.
 
 Longer rides:
 
 - 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
 
 
 Mountain biking
 
 - 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
 
 Other tips
 
 - 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"
 

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Cycling in Grinton

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Map references

OS Grid Ref: SE 04828 97586

Lat/Lng: 54.373757, -1.9271901

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