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Discover Hambleton on wheels

Across Hambleton you can experience the sights and sounds from two wheels. A great way to explore this part of North Yorkshire from a slightly different perspective. Cycling has become popular in recent years following the huge impact of the 2014 Grand Depart of the Tour de France and the subsequent Tour de Yorkshire annual event. Cycling offers an affordable and inclusive way to stay healthy in body and mind and to travel wherever you want to discover new places.

Cycling is an outdoor activity that all abilities can enjoy. Whether you’re an amateur road cyclist, a mountain biker, a club cyclist or simply spending time with the family enjoying a gentle ride, you’ll find the perfect route in Hambleton. The district has everything from rolling hills, twisty roads, peaceful lanes, open moorland, cycle friendly towns and always a great view of Hambleton.

Perfectly positioned within the eastern fringe of the North York Moors National Park, at the foot of ANOB Howardian Hills and through Bedale as the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the choice of routes is endless.

Time to start planning your route and enjoy the great outdoors on two wheels!

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A few routes to get you started

Great Ayton to Danby

Great Ayton to Danby - A ride that takes you on a journey of discovery from the edge of the Cleveland Plain right into the heart of the North York Moors. The impressive peak of Roseberry Topping and the imposing Cleveland Hills dominate the first part of the route. Enjoy views over Eskdale and get a taste of the area’s pretty and unspoiled villages, with the option of finishing your trip with a visit to The North York Moors National Park Centre.

The Northallerton Loop

The Northallerton Loop is a relatively flat, circular cycle route on mainly quiet, minor roads. It is ideal for doing as a sprint on a road bike but also makes an enjoyable family ride. The ride is 13 miles and starts.

York to Beningbrough

This beautiful route starts from the historic and picturesque city of York and wends its way north into Hambleton ending at the impressive 18th century Beningborough Hall, a fantastic mansion, park and gardens with interactive galleries, pictures from the National Portrait Gallery and a Walled Garden Restaurant. This route joins Sustrans Route 65, 10.2 miles in length and just under an hour in length.

Route 657

Sustrans Route 657 offers an alternative to following Route 65 - which travels near to the North York Moors and past Felixkirk and takes you through Thirsk.

Find a route on the National Cycle Network

Find a cycle route, bike path or walking route near you. Browse by region, distance and whether the route is traffic-free.

Cycle routes by location

Hambleton District

Great Ayton






Cycling events

Did you know that the area has also been home to and featured in the annual Tour de Yorkshire event on 3 occasions.

In 2016, the men’s and ladies’ race, cycled at speed through Great Ayton, Northallerton and Thirsk and the many villages along the way as the peloton travelled from Middlesbrough to Scarborough.

In 2018 the men’s and ladies race cycled at speed through Bedale, Northallerton and Thirsk and the many villages along the way as the peloton travelled from Richmond to Scarborough.

In 2019 Bedale was the start location for the men’s and ladies’ race. 

If you love a challenge, why not use the Tour de Yorkshire and the many stages as your inspiration to get in the saddle!

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