- Tackling iconic routes through the majestic Yorkshire Dales National Park and Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
- Sampling the locally brewed beers from the world famous Black Sheep & Theakston breweries of Masham
- Spinning along Wensleydale, and hope for some of the famous cheese with your picnic at the top of the climb!
- Descend alongside the iconic amphitheatre of Malham Cove
This was my second holiday with Saddle Skedaddle and know the high standards. Always have been extremely pleased with all aspects of the holiday. The guides especially always make it a lovely experience.
Following your arrival at the weekend’s accommodation, you will be shown where you can store your bike (if bringing your own) and to your room. Most people tend to arrive early evening, but if you do wish to arrive earlier in the day and get in a few extra miles on your own, then do let us know so we can allow for an early check-in.
In the evening we will be eating together at your accommodation, where over a drink and something to eat there will be an informal chat about the events of the weekend. Tonight is a good opportunity to get to know your guides who represent Skedaddle’s enthusiastic and friendly attitude to road cycling as well as the other cyclists on your weekend.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch
- Ascent: 1,740 Metres Approx.
Today’s Yorkshire adventure takes us out and up to Malham Tarn before a sweet descent to Littondale and a power through Wharfedale. But being the Dales, a cheeky climb is always around the corner. This time it’s up on to Fleet Moss before rolling back down to Hawes in Wensleydale (is it possible to say that without saying ‘Gromit’?!). The return to Malham takes you up and over the moors to Ribblesdale, before descending down the side of the stunning Malham Cove.
Throughout the day you will be met at various points on the route by our support vehicle for snacks and hot or cold drinks depending on the conditions, with lunch served mid-way through the route. Our lunches are buffet-style picnics, with a selection of local produce put together by our guides (often their pride and joy!).
Tonight we will all have dinner together, chatting both about today’s ride and what might be in store for us tomorrow! As many of our guides help out on a number of Skedaddle weekends and holidays, this is a great opportunity for those who fancy heading further afield on their bike to ask questions and get an accurate picture of the trips from someone who has been there and ridden the routes.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch
- Ascent: 1,740 Metres Approx.
After another hearty breakfast to set you up for a day on your bike, we will again discuss the day’s route where the guides will go through the highlights you can expect during the day, pointing out areas with particularly good scenery as well as sections of outstanding riding.
A true battle of the roses today, we ride through Settle and then on up into the Forest of Bowland, notable for a lack of trees! Once again there will be plenty of bursting lungs and burning legs on the steep climbs, before stunning views across open and wild moorland. Before returning back to the comfort of your accommodation, there’ll be one last challenge as you climb out of Langcliffe to Malham Tarn.
Think of the Yorkshire Dales, and you think rolling hills, sheep, lush green fields dotted with farming villages and high heathery moors.
Through the rolling hills you will find yourself riding on generally good road surfaces, however you can expect to find the odd pothole and gravelly section. For this reason we recommend a good puncture resistant 25mm tyre. Although the hills don’t reach high altitudes they serve up plenty of climbing challenges with some lung-busting steep ascents and equally as rewarding technical descents. Confident riders will enjoy the descents but we do ask you to exercise caution – there are some steep, tight bends and don’t be surprised to see the odd sheep in the road!
Road Cycling Grade
Moderate to Challenging. For more regular riders who like to push themselves a little from time to time. Not extreme but certainly challenging on occasions with some good climbing opportunities. Distances between 80-120km per day.
Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!
For more information about our grading system click here.
Is this suitable for you?
You’re an enthusiast. Road cycling is probably your main hobby and you ride regularly at weekends, staying on the bike for much of the day. You’re in pretty good shape, and you might also participate in cylo-sportive events. You also love a challenge and are looking for a tour with some good climbing, preferably with an opportunity to tick off some famous Tour de France cols, or the like. You’re a competent descender, and you’re not afraid of speed, but you ride safely and within your limits at all times. You understand road etiquette and you’re comfortable riding in a bunch. You might even take a stint at the front of the pack if the need arises.
Dates & Prices
Are you keen to only travel with your family or friends? Struggling to find the right date? Well, we can organise a private departure for this tour and tailor aspects to suit your group's specific needs. Contact our friendly team and we'll help you turn your dream into reality.
A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en-suite rooms)
B) Meals as per the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
C) Full tour service, including Skedaddle guides
D) Unless stated, at least one leader qualified in First Aid
E) Support vehicle
F) Transfer on scheduled arrival day from Skipton train station
G) Transfer on scheduled departure day to Skipton train station
What's not Included
A) Bike hire (available if required)
B) Train tickets and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)
C) Meals not stated in the itinerary
D) Single room (available if required)
E) Travel insurance
F) Personal clothing and equipment
G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills, hotel facilities etc)
H) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions en route
I) Transfers on days other than the scheduled arrival / departure days
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Yvonne, BuckinghamshireSkedaddle never disappoint...
This was my second holiday with Saddle Skedaddle and know the high standards. Always have been extremely pleased with all aspects of the holiday. The guides especially always make it a lovely experience. The hotel and location were extremely good.
Marcia, LondonVery good...
The guides we very professional and took good care of us.