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Yorkshire Dales Cycleway

The Yorkshire Dales Cycleway (YDCW) is a superb but challenging 210km (130 mile) circular route visiting most of the major dales in the Yorkshire Dales ational Park. It is designed to be started and finished in Skipton, but it can be started at any point, or divided into sections to suit your fitness. Many will find it is ideal for a leisurely six day tour, while others may wish to cover more than one section in a day.
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The Yorkshire Dales Cycleway is a stunning circular tour of the National Park taking in most of the main Dales and many that are rarely visited. It is a tougher proposition than something like the C2C route with a number of challenging climbs, but the stunning scenery and warm welcome make up for this. The route is all on road and is signed with the logo of the National Park – a sheep’s head.

You pass through a string of charming villages and so it is easy to plan overnight stops and find plenty of café breaks. The route takes you through the lovely limestone areas in the south of the National Park including famous sights such as Malham Cove and Tarn. You visit lesser known Kingsdale which is riddled with cave systems and climb over a gated road into Dentdale. You can then either follow the extended route taking in the Westmorland Dales or head to Hawes – home of Wensleydale Cheese. The two routes reunite in Swaledale with its fabulous barns and walls scenery.

You will then be heading for the lesser known Coverdale which links back to the Wharfedale valley at Kettlewell. It is then back down the valley for a well deserved finish.

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  • Climbs on route:

    Stone House, Cross Top Climb, Scabbate Gate Climb, Oxnop from Askrigg, Barden Rd Climb, Barden Rd Climb, Bolton Abbey to Halton East, Gordale Ln Climb, Embsay Moor Climb, Gordale Lane long version, Westgate Ln Climb, Thornton Ln Climb, Gated Road, Dent head, gale banck, kingsdale, Lea Yeat To Newby Head Climb , Grinton Pub to Redmire, Cogden Hall Climb, Grinton Moor Road from Whipperdale Bank, Thornton Lane to Bench, Eastby - Barden moor (full climb), Malham Right Hand HC, gayle bank climb, Oxnop Main Climb from Askrigg crossroads, Greets Moss from Grinton, Greets Moss from Grinton (Steep bit), Dent Head to Newby Head Climb, Coverdale Climb (LFCC), Malham Rakes Climb, Edge Lane Climb, en route to portage, Old Rd full climb east to west, Grinton Moor from Whipperdale, Barden proper, Long Hill climb (Grinton), Cattle Grid to t'top, Black Park to Caravan Park, OFFICIAL 100Climbs No144 Greets Moss, Climb t'tops, Dent Head climb - steep bit to top, Eastby clime to Black park, Eastby clime to cattle grid decent, Raikes to Tarn, Kettlewell Klimb, Cam Gill Rd MEGA, Hill climb, OFFICIAL 100CLimbs No.144 Greets Moss (To Cattlegrid), Malham Rakes, RV G2017 Cowgill, RV G2017 Malham Rakes, White Rose Classic - Dent Head, Ooossshhh #267 Dent Head, Dent Dale Head, Hesketh Farm Park Hill Climb , Oxnop from Long Rd. T to top cattle grid, between the gates

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If available, the 'GPX' (or GPS Exchange format) files for each route are text files that can be read by GPS devices as a series of waypoints along each route.
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