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Route Facts

Total distance: 190.5 miles (305 km)
Duration: 5 nights, 4 days cycling
Min daily distance: 46 miles (73.5 km)
Max daily distance: 51.5 miles (82.5 km)
Route code: C-LVD1
Grade: Hard
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 Pateley Bridge. 46 miles (73.5km)

Day 3: Pateley Bridge to Kettlewell. 47.5 miles (76km)

Day 4: Kettlewell to Keld. 46 miles (73.5km)

Day 5: Keld to Settle. 51.5 miles (82.5km)

Day 6: 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.

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 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 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 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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