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Route Facts

Total distance: 133 miles (213 km)
Duration: 5 nights, 4 days cycling
Min daily distance: 30 miles (48 km)
Max daily distance: 38 miles (60.5 km)
Route code: C-DC3
Grade: Moderate
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Skipton
End of holiday: Skipton

Itinerary Details

Day 1: Travel to Skipton where your first nights' accommodation has been booked

Day 2: Skipton to Settle. 32 miles (51km)

Day 3: Settle to Hawes. 38 miles (60.5km)

Day 4: Hawes to Melmerby. 30 miles (48km)

Day 5: Melmerby to Skipton. 34 miles (54km)

Day 6: Depart from Skipton after breakfast

The itinerary above shows our preferred overnight stops, but if accommodation is not available at any one of these locations, we may alter the itinerary slightly.

Extra Nights / Rest Days

The circular Dales Cycleway route encounters many amazing locations, making it almost impossible to see everything during your holiday. If you would like some extra time to explore these wonderful areas more thoroughly, we recommend booking a few extra nights at any of the overnight stops along the way.

You could spend an extra night or two in Skipton either at the start or the end of your cycling holiday, and explore everything this lovely market town has to offer. Skipton has a rich heritage with many excellent examples of its history, including the famous Skipton Castle - one of the best preserved medieval castles in Britain - and the stunning Holy Trinity Church overlooking the high street. There are galleries and museums to visit, as well as a range of leisure and sporting activities to suit every taste. There is also an abundance of excellent shops to explore, including plenty of services to help replenish and repair your cycling kit as required.

Hawes is England's highest town - set 850 feet above sea level - and as such boasts amazing scenery, making this a temping option for an extra night's stay. Home to the world famous Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese and the highest waterfall in England, Hawes is a popular tourist destination with plenty to offer; not only is the town fully stocked with fine shops and tempting eateries, it also boasts a bustling street market, a long-standing outdoor retailer, a range of leisure activities and the spectacular Bolton Castle situated nearby. There is truly something for everyone at Hawes.

What's Included?

  • 5 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms with private bathrooms (where available) in selected hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • A comprehensive information pack containing maps and/or guidebooks, a full itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night, town plans, information about facilities and places of interest along the trail and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.
  • Emergency assistance.

Travel Information

Detailed travel information is sent to you in your holiday pack, but we have provided a summary below.

By Air
The most convenient major cities and international airports are Manchester and Leeds-Bradford.

By Rail
There is a railway station in Skipton.

From London - There are frequent trains from Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport to Skipton.

Please note that most train lines will allow for bikes to be taken on board. We advise that you check on as you may need to book a space for your bike or there may be a limit as to how many bikes the train can store.

By Car
For advice on driving to the start of the trail, please visit which has a very useful route planner.

Please note that most buses in the UK are unable to store bikes on board so we would recommend avoiding this form of transport.

Return to Start
This is a circular route, starting and ending in Skipton.

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