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Route Facts

Total distance: 190.5 miles (305 km)
Duration: 8 nights, 7 days cycling
Min daily distance: 28 miles (44.5 km)
Max daily distance: 45.5 miles (72.5 km)
Route code: C-LVD3
Grade: Easy
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Settle
End of holiday: Settle


Itinerary Details

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

Day 2: Settle to Grassington. 30.5 miles (49km)

Day 3: Grassington to Masham. 31 miles (50km)

Day 4: Masham to Hawes. 31 miles (50km)

Day 5: Hawes to Muker. 28 miles (44.5km)

Day 6: Muker to Sedbergh. 28 miles (44.5km)

Day 7: Sedbergh to Ravenstonedale. 41 miles (65.5km)

Day 8: Ravenstonedale to Settle. 45.5 miles (72.5km)

Day 9: Depart from Settle 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

La Vuelta a Dales is a hilly route that poses a healthy challenge to cyclers, so it can be tempting to sail along the trail without stopping. However, should you need a rest or if you are eager to explore more of the fantastic Yorkshire Dales, you can enjoy any number of extra nights at any of the stops along the way.

The historic market town of Settle is a wonderful option for an extra night's stay, offering a selection of traditional pubs, tea rooms and restaurants along with plenty of shopping opportunities, including a number of outdoor sports shops should you need to replenish your gear. The local area is also full of interesting sites to explore, such as Victoria Cave, Stainforth Force and Gaping Gill for those interested in the local geography, or avid train spotters can visit the Settle to Carlisle Railway, the Settle Station Signal Box and the famous Ribblehead Viaduct. With so many amazing things to discover, Settle is a remarkable hidden gem that is worth a second look.

Grassington is a delightful village with traditional stone cottages, welcoming pubs and a range of shops surrounding a cobbled market square, making it a very popular choice for a rest day. There is plenty to discover around Grassington, such as the spectacular waterfalls at Linton, and there are a number of walking trails and other outdoor pursuits on offer here. The village's longest-serving outdoor clothing and equipment shop, The Mountaineer, is perfect if you need to replenish your kit, otherwise feel free to explore Grassington's many little alleyways and hidden gems while you relax and prepare for your next stint out on the trail.

Alternatively, the quaint market town of Masham has a wealth of fascinating history that is worth taking the time to discover. There are earthworks, standing stones and even traces of a Roman marching camp, as well as evidence of early cultivation techniques and a number of beautiful old buildings. As well as offering all of the facilities and services you could need, Masham is perfectly placed to allow exploration of the surrounding areas, including a mixture of walking paths and cycle routes that take in the amazing landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales and Moors.

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?

  • 8 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 Leeds-Bradford and Manchester.

By Rail
There is a railway station in Settle.

From London - Trains run regularly between Heathrow and Gatwick airports and Settle.

Please note that most train lines will allow for bikes to be taken on board. We advise that you check on https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ 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 route, please visit www.theaa.com 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 Settle.

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