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La Vuelta a Dales

A cycling holiday around the Yorkshire Dales, with steep climbs and breathtaking descents.

4 to 6 nights
191 miles
Moderate to Demanding

From £430 per person

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About this route

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.

Interactive
Settle / Settle
191 miles (305 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Triumphing over the challenging climbs at Fleet Moss, Buttertubs and Park Rash.

Plunging down the fast, sweeping descent from Little Hunter Stones into Wharfedale.

Rolling through the big open spaces of the gorgeous Yorkshire Dales National Park, famed for its limestone pavements.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
C-LVD1 A circular trail beginning at Settle 4 nights, 4 days riding Demanding£430
C-LVD2 A circular trail beginning at Settle 5 nights, 5 days riding Moderate / Demanding£525
C-LVD3 A circular trail beginning at Settle 6 nights, 6 days riding Moderate£620

La Vuelta a Dales 4 nights, 4 days riding

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Elevation & terrain
  • Travel info
  • Weather
Start

Travel to Settle where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Settle to Pateley Bridge. 44.5 miles (71km)

Day 2

Pateley Bridge to Kettlewell. 46.5 miles (74.5km)

Day 3

Kettlewell to Keld. 46.5 miles (74.5km)

Finish

Keld to Settle. 53.5 miles (85.5km)Depart from Settle after completing the tour, or add an extra night in Settle during the booking process for an extra charge

Your Itinerary

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than 2.5 miles from the trail to your accommodation.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

Solo Traveller Supplement
£45.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£40.00 per person / per night


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

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 4 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

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.

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

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 190.5 miles (305 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days riding
Minimum daily distance: 44.5 miles (71 km)
Maximum daily distance: 53.5 miles (85.5 km)
Code: C-LVD1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Settle
End of holiday: Settle

Elevation & Terrain

Route profile

La Vuelta a Dales Route Profile

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.

Terrain

  • Low-traffic country lanes
  • Village streets

Vuelta a Dales keeps to hard surfaces throughout, fit for any road-oriented 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.

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given 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.

Return to the Start – This is a circular route, starting and ending in Settle.

Please note:

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.

Most buses in the UK are unable to store bikes on board, so we would recommend avoiding this form of transport.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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