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31st May 2019 - 3rd June 2019 (4 days)
This is a fixed-centre tour in the Yorkshire Dales, based at Kirkby Stephen YHA. The rides will be challenging, as the area is quite hilly, but the scenery and views are magnificent. 50 miles per day.
- Holiday Type Guided
- Tour Manager Richard Hakes
- Grade Challenging
- Booking Status Places Available
- Accommodation Hostel
- Board Basis B&B
- Travel Arrangements Land Only
- Road / Off Road Road
- Holiday Style Centre-based
- Vehicle Support Carry Own Luggage
- Holiday Ref 01917
Friday 31st May
Arrive Kirkby Stephen hostel from 5pm onwards. Stay three nights.
Saturday 1st June
Until 2016 The Howgills Hills a much forgotten area was half in and half out of the Yorkshire Dales. It is now all within the National Park. We are riding a circuit around these hills, the scenery is beautiful the roads are quiet. We will stop in a couple of good cafes on the way. A good days cycling to be had.
Sunday 2nd June
The Tan Hill Inn is famously the highest public house in England and good for a short stop for coffee or more? Follow the road south and after passing Keld and Thwait we come to the also famous Buttertubs. A realtivly short but steep ride over the pass takes us to Hawes and a further stop maybe in the Wensleydale Creamery with opertunities to buy cheese. Before crossing the moors and passing The Moorcock Inn back to Kirkby Strephen.
Monday 3rd June
At 835 meters the tarmac at the top of the road to the radar station on Great Dun Fell is comfortably the highest ridable road in the UK the highest tarmac anywhere in the UK including Scotland. The road is restricted access so there is no vehicle traffic but cylists and walkers are allowed once beyond the barrier at about 300 meters. Just 535 meters on a traffic free single track road. Due to the height and exposure the ride is subject to the weather but a coffee stop in Appleby in Westmoorland on the way out or back or even both makes a intersting day out. The tour closes after the ride but it maybe possible to stay an extra night if this makes traveling easier but needs to be organised locally.
Daily Distances: Each ride will be up to 50 miles.
Accommodation & Meals
All three nights are spent in the Kirkby Stephen YHA, sharing small rooms. Breakfast is included every morning.
Obtaining travel insurance is optional for UK residents as your Cycling UK membership provides third party cover. However, this does not cover any other risks such as cancellation charges, personal injury or lost property. We therefore strongly recommend that suitable insurance is taken out to safeguard against such risks. Members who do not reside in the UK are not covered for third party and are advised to obtain suitable cover before leaving their normal residence. If you already have an annual policy, you may need to confirm that it will cover a UK holiday or make provision for it to do so.
The price of £170 is based on a minimum number of 10 people taking part in the holiday. If there are insufficient bookings by 22nd March 2019, we will contact you and return all monies paid, although in certain circumstances the holiday may still run at below minimum numbers but at the same price.
- 3 nights hostel, sharing rooms, B&B
- CTC Cycling Holidays & Tours costs
Price Does Not Include
- Travel to or from the tour
- Evening meals
- Lunches or refreshments at morning and afternoon stops
- Entry fees at any attractions
- Any other personal expenses
- Travel Insurance (optional)
A deposit of £85 per person is payable upon booking, with the final balance of £85 per person to be paid ten weeks prior to departure, by 22nd March 2019.
Should you be forced to cancel your booking for any reason you must notify us in writing. Cancellation charges are as follows:
Written notice received:
Before 22nd March 2019
From 22nd March 2019 through to departure
The Area Covered By The Holiday
This tour will explore the Yorkshire Dales National Park based at a Youth Hostel in Kirkby Stephen.
Rides & Rest Days
The tour consists of two day-long rides, approx 50 miles, and one optional ride (up to 50 miles), all involving some hill climbs, from the central location of Kirkby Stephen. The rides are planned to exploit differing aspects of the localities. There is usually some flexibility to shorten the rides or take in additional features as required. Each of the rides will take in one or two café stops. We will have some brief stops at the more interesting features and return to the hostel in the afternoon.
Accommodation & Meals
We will be staying at Kirkby Stephen YHA on a bed & breakfast basis in small shared rooms.
During the day we will stop at cafés for refreshment where possible. It is important to carry basic snacks (energy bars, jelly babies, bananas) as well as a water-bottle, as there are parts of the route where cafés are few and far between.
There are places to eat in Kirkby Stephen and a meal will be organised each night (not included) but there is no obligation to join in if you prefer an alternative. You could also use the hostel facilities.
There is free on-street parking in Kirkby Stephen and also a rail station but this is a couple of miles away from the hostel.
The maximum number of participants will be 12, excluding the Tour Manager(s).
Weather & Clothing
The ride takes place in the summer but as always when riding out on the high moors it can be dry and sunny or cold and wet. We will be riding at high altitude some of the times. Bring a variety of layers of clothing that can be combined to cope with variable temperatures and a change of clothes and shoes for evenings.
Cycles & Equipment
The rides are suitable for touring or road bikes. As with any quiet rural roads the quality of the surface can vary; there might be a few short unpaved sections depending on some of the options we take, but are passable by road bikes. There are a number of quite steep climbs and suitable gears are recommended. You should ensure that your cycle is in good working order, particularly wheels, tyres and brakes. You should carry sufficient spare tubes and tools to deal with punctures and minor repairs. A rack top pack, saddle-bag or bar bag could be useful for carrying wet weather gear, spare clothing needed for the day, camera, snacks and your map.
You will not need to carry luggage, but a rack top pack or bar bag will be useful for carrying wet weather gear, spare clothing needed for the day, camera, snacks and your map.
Maps & Guides
The area is covered by the Sustrans pocket-sized guide to the National Cycle Network Sheet 31 South Cumbria & The Lake District Cycle Map and Sheet 32 County Durham & North Yorkshire Cycle Map.