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La Vuelta a Dales


Route Summary

The scenic landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales are overlaid by an extensive network of peaceful lanes – perfect for a tour by bicycle. Ride through the national park’s best dales and passes on the Vuelta a Dales route, and climb to the most far-ranging viewpoints.

From the market town of Settle, this circular trail departs the Yorkshire Dales National Park for Pateley Bridge in beautiful Nidderdale. It returns soon enough, and passes through cycle-friendly Leyburn into Cloverdale with a peak at Little Hunter Stones before an exhilarating descent into Kettlewell and Wharfedale.

Hawes, Reeth, Kirkby Stephen and Sedbergh lie ahead on the way back to Settle, and there are challenges aplenty in the dales’ steep hills, the epic Fleet Moss amongst them. Vuelta a Dales is the perfect split between hard work and lavish reward.

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TOURING HIGHLIGHTS THE BEST OF THE DALES

The Yorkshire Dales National Park boasts natural beauty in every corner, from famed limestone pavements, crags, and coves, to rushing waterfalls and glittering rivers. Vuelta a Dales tours through not only the park but also Nidderdale, the “dale that got away”. Beautiful views and natural landmarks are everywhere. Highlights include Hardraw Force near Hawes; the famous Three Peaks; and How Stean Gorge.

The Settle to Carlisle Line, meanwhile, offers a ride on a historic steam train. For a more modern experience celebrating the region’s industrial past and present, take a peek at Coldstones Cut, an art installation cut into the flank of an active quarry.

ELEVATION CHALLENGING

There are no flat, easy rides in the Yorkshire Dales. The rolling, hilly landscape here leads to frequent ascents, and novice riders may want to consider a longer itinerary to bring down their daily mileages to compensate.

Experienced hill climbers will appreciate the challenges presented by the famous ascents at Fleet Moss, Buttertubs, and Park Rash. For every difficult climb, Vuelta a Dales serves up gorgeous green vistas and fast, sweeping descents. The exhilarating dive from Little Hunter Stones into Wharfedale is unforgettable.


Route profile

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THE TERRAIN SOLID SURFACES THROUGHOUT

  • Low-traffic country lanes
  • Village streets

Vuelta a Dales keeps to hard surfaces throughout, fit for any hybrid or touring bicycle. It uses quiet country lanes to explore the surrounding countryside. Along streets with low speed limits, the route dips into cycle-friendly Yorkshire villages.

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Route Details

Length: 190.5 miles / 305 km
Start & end: Settle / Settle
Season: 2nd January to 24th December

Itineraries


TOUR CODE ITINERARY NO LUGGAGE
TRANSFER
WITH LUGGAGE
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C-LVD1 5 nights, 4 days £360 £470 Hard More Info Book Now
C-LVD2 7 nights, 6 days £430 £590 Hard More Info Book Now
C-LVD3 8 nights, 7 days £500 £670 Easy More Info Book Now
C-LVD4 9 nights, 8 days £570 £780 Beginner More Info Book Now

The above itineraries show our preferred overnight stops. If accommodation is unavailable at any of these locations, we may alter the itinerary slightly.

Please note that if you choose not to book luggage transfers for your holiday, you must make sure that you are able to carry all of your luggage with you for the duration of the holiday, whether this be via the use of panniers or any other method you wish. Ensure that you test the weight of your luggage while riding well in advance, so that you are comfortable transporting your own luggage during your holiday. We particularly recommend booking mountain biking holidays with lugagge transfers included.


Pricing Information

Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are riding on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:

  • Solo rider supplement: £45 per person / per night
  • Single supplement: £20 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

  • Extra night (Standard) : £50 per person / per night

What's Included

  • 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 guide books, a full itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night, 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 for the start of the route (Settle) are Leeds-Bradford International Airport and Manchester International Airport.

By Rail
There is a railway station at the start of the route in Settle.

From London - Trains run regularly between Heathrow and Gatwick airports and Settle. From Carlisle, there are regular trains to Heathrow and Gatwick.

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

Return to Start
This is a circular route.

Extra Night / Rest Day

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.


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GRADE 1: Beginner

Daily distance: approx. 10 – 20 miles / 16 – 32 km
These itineraries are perfect for beginner cyclists, families or explorers eager to sight-see along the route. Expect plenty of time to relax along the way thanks to short-mileage days, with barely a hill in sight!

GRADE 2: Easy

Daily distance: approx. 15 – 25 miles / 24 – 40 km
With longer-mileage days, these itineraries will suit occasional riders who want a bit more of a challenge. As they still steer clear of steeper or more frequent climbs, they're perfect for quick riding, so you can still make plenty of time for lunch or a spot of exploration.

GRADE 3: Moderate

Daily distance: approx. 20 – 40 miles / 32 – 64 km
Longer daily distances team with a few challenging sections on these itineraries, ideal for regular cyclists confident in their fitness. Exploration stops may require an extra rest day - but there should still be time for a relaxing lunch!

GRADE 4: Hard

Daily distance: approx. 25 – 50 miles / 40 – 80 km
If you're looking to test your abilities as a keen cyclist, these are the itineraries for you. The daily mileages aren't just high, they may also include tough or frequent climbs. Get ready to pedal hard and push yourself!

GRADE 5: Epic

Daily distance: approx. 50 miles + / 80 km +
For these itineraries, you're going to need previous experience cycling long distances over consecutive days. Each is designed to test your strength and your stamina, with high mileage days and tough, frequent climbs.

*** Occasionally our itineraries can straddle between two levels of difficulty, such as 'Easy-Moderate' or 'Hard-Epic' etc. This can be for a number of reasons, such as if there is a wide range of distances between the days of the itinerary, or if the distances are ‘Easy’ but the hills and terrain involved are a bit tricky and more ‘moderate’ etc. If you require more information about any of our itineraries, please do not hesitate to contact us, and we will be more than happy to offer advice and guidance.

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