Perfect Biking Bases
Exploring Yorkshire by bike? Or want to hone your skills on a bike riding skills course? There are a number of fantastic places to base yourself. All right in the heart of great MTB and cycling country. Here’s just a few.
Big Bear Bikes run one of the best bike shops around, you’ll find loads of info there on things like their huge range of demo bikes and custom builds. You can check out the weather and there’s info on shop events and shop rides. Their guided rides let you get straight to the best trails for an amazing day’s riding and they also run skills sessions for all levels.
Cadence provides luxury and fully supported cycling experiences. Ride the hidden lanes, leg-crunching hills and breathless descents of Yorkshire. Our expert guides will take you to some of the most beautiful riding and stunning countryside anywhere in the world.
Yorkshire Velo Tours offer a range of road cycle tours in the Yorkshire Dales to suit all levels of cyclist. There is a tour for beginners/leisure cyclists which provides a great introduction to cycling in Yorkshire as well as enjoying great cafe stops and evening dining. For those wanting more of a challenge, there are options to test yourself against some of the toughest climbs in the UK as ridden by the pros. All the tours use some of the roads used in the Tour de Yorkshire.
Hotel Rendezvous is the ideal place to start your cycling trip, whether you’re an experienced mountain biker or road biker, or if you’re just a Sunday pootler. This family run hotel on the outskirts of the delightful market town of Skipton – gateway to the Yorkshire Dales, offers the best in Yorkshire hospitality – with staff who really do care! Guests return time and again, because they offer warmth and a genuine professional hospitality. Dine in the canal side Baby Swan restaurant where a stream of activity keeps you entertained. They are proud of our restaurant, offering straightforward, honest to goodness food (perfect for cyclists), cooked by a dedicated team supporting local suppliers. We’ve a fantastic gym, swimming pool, sauna, steam room, spa pool and one mile leisure cycle on the towpath of the beautiful Leeds-Liverpool canal into the delightful Dales market town of Skipton.
Nestled in the Yorkshire Dales, in Fremington village, Dales Bike Centre is an ideal base. The accommodation, café (with legendary cakes), bike shop and workshop were built by cyclists for cyclists and provide the perfect setting for all abilities. They provide standard bikes and also electric bikes for the Yorkshire Dales Cycleway.
All Things Ride – Whatever type of cyclist you are, All Things Ride will have a trip or suggestion for you! Rides include Tour de Yorkshire, Yorkshire Dales Tours, Yorkshire Dales Cycleway, North York Moors Tours & Yorkshire Dales & York Tour.
Hit the Hills run mountain bike weekends in the Dales with a difference. With a trained chef, access to locally sourced ingredients and menus that evolve with the seasons, your weekend is more than just a place to bike and sleep; it’s a place to hang out with your mates with a good feed at the end of the day. You get a bed (in a bunkhouse), all your meals and you’ll be based right next to the best trails.
Live For Today in Harrogate offer a variety of courses – if you’re a beginner wanting to get into the sport or at a more advanced level and don’t know how to tackle them harder trails, give them a go.
Wheelfriendly, Sowerby Bridge, provide guided and non-guided themed mountain bike tours, such as exploring Yorkshire’s battlefields.
Filey and the surrounding area hosts some excellent cycle rides whether you are new to cycling or an experienced rider. Fancy travelling from your holiday park or cottage to nearby resorts and attractions without the hassle of driving everywhere? Want to keep the children entertained? Like the idea of exploring the Yorkshire Wolds villages at slower pace than in the car? Well this is where Bike About Filey come in. How about a romantic ride for 2 on our vintage bicycles or even try out a tandem? We have the bikes to suit, whatever your plans and we will deliver and collect them for you.
York Cycle Stop offer facilities specifically for cyclists looking to take on the variety of cycle routes the area offers. In fact we are the only accommodation option in the area specialising in catering for the needs of cyclists.
When you’re ready for a bite to eat try Squires Cafe one of the Norths premier meeting spot for bikers. The cafe provides meeting point for hundreds of the biking community week after week. There is plenty of parking space and additional outdoor seating to accommodate all.
If you don’t want the hassle of bringing your own bike – or if you just decide to go for a ride on the spur of the moment – there are plenty of outfits renting bikes for adults and younger riders.
There are a number of places where you can hire quality bikes for a half day to a week. Most of them can not only hire you a high quality mountain bike, but can also supply kiddie trailers, tag alongs and tandems. Most are sited where there is great riding straight from the door, and some will even deliver the bikes to you.
In addition to hiring bikes, many of the providers below also organise instruction and courses, whether you are a complete beginner or are looking to hone your skills.
Big Bear Bikes, Pickering, North Yorkshire
Yorkshire Bike Hire, Northallerton, North Yorkshire
Bettamotoring Cycle Hire, Scarborough, North Yorkshire
Dales Bike Centre, Fremington, Yorkshire Dales
MTB Cycle Yorkshire, Bradford, for bike hire around West Yorkshire
Sutton Bank Bikes provides bike hire and guided rides for all abilities and operates a traditional bike shop for all your cycling needs.
Bike About Filey, Filey, North Yorkshire
If you’re planning a break with your bike in Yorkshire, look for the Cyclists Welcome logo when booking accommodation. It guarantees that a hotel, B&B, cottage or hostel has extra facilities specifically for cyclists, like water points for washing bikes, lockable storage areas, space for drying outdoor clothes, cycle repair kits and weather news.