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Skipton to Bolton Abbey

This is a great back road route taking you out of Skipton and through great countryside to reach Bolton Abbey. From there you can either return the way you came or follow other routes further up Wharfedale or along to Ilkley.
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The back road from Skipton to Bolton Abbey is a justifiably popular cycling road. Skipton is a busy and popular market town with plenty of things to see and do. The route goes from here to Embsay – one end of the steam railway – and then along a lovely road passing Billy Bob’s Parlour and Hesketh Farm Park to reach Bolton Abbey. Here you can visit the Priory ruins, head down to the riverside or enjoy some cake and coffee. You can then head back to Skipton, or continue riding up Wharfedale or down to Ilkley. There is even the option of using the steam train to get back to Embsay.

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