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Cycling East Yorkshire

East Yorkshire is a paradise for those who enjoy pedal power with a network of cycle routes that criss-cross the countryside, towns and villages.

Whether you are new to cycling, enjoy a leisurely family ride or you’re looking for something more challenging, the area’s abundance of cycle routes offer suggestions to suit all abilities.

Cycling Routes

The Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route

The Yorkshire Wolds Cycle route features a magnificent 146 mile, well signposted circular route which wends you around quiet roads and stunning scenery of the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds. The route can be ridden either clockwise or anticlockwise and passes quaint villages, striking coastline and historic towns along the way.

The route can be completed in one day, but there are many interesting tourist attractions, farm shops and pubs along the way for those wanting to extend the experience including the stately homes of Sewerby, Sledmere and Burton Agnes. The towns of Great Driffield, Medieval Beverley and Pocklington where you can visit Burnby Hall Gardens, the Robert Fuller Gallery at Thixendale and the remains of Kirkham Abbey.

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The Way of the Roses Cycle Route

The Way of the Roses cycle route is a coast to coast cycle route of 170 miles between Bridlington in the east and Morecambe in the west. The route includes parts of the popular Yorkshire Wolds Cycle route across the East Riding.

This highly popular route passes through historic cities of York and Lancaster, and lesser known gems such as Settle, Pateley Bridge and Ripon. From coast to coast, you'll cycle across beautiful, varied landscape including the Yorkshire Wolds, Nidderdale, Yorkshire Dales, Lune Valley and use traffic-free paths, on-road cycle lanes, country lanes and quieter roads.

This route is part of the National Cycle Network, a series of safe, traffic-free paths and quiet on-road cycling and walking routes that connect to every major town and city now stretching to over 14,000 miles. It's a challenge but rewarding cycling adventure for all, and can be combined with other routes to make a longer cycle touring holiday.

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The Trans Pennine Trail

The Trans Pennine Trail is an exciting 215 mile route for cyclist, walkers and horse riders linking the North and Irish seas. Starting on Hornsea Seafront at the Trail Marker, the route passing through the Pennines, alongside rivers and canals and through some of the most historic towns and cities in the North of England before arriving in Southport.

The Trail is mapped and signed all the way, mainly traffic free and is surprisingly level considering the dramatic scenery along the way. Easy gradients and surfaced paths make many sections suitable for families, gentle exercise and people using wheelchairs and pushchairs.

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Those interested in a day trip can download specific routes from the website including a section from Hornsea to the Humber Bridge - 19¾ miles.

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The Great Wold Valley Heritage Trail

The 11.5 mile trails runs through Wharram-le-Street, Duggleby, Kirby Grindalythe, West Lutton, East Lutton, Helperthorpe, Weaverthorpe, Butterwick and Foxholes.

In each of the nine villages interpretation panels explore: the Heritage of the area and local interest; the underlying chalk structure and the movement of water; and their combined effects on the landscape and wildlife habitats.

The Heritage trail relates human occupation of the Great Wold Valley to the environment, highlighting the importance of Gypsey Race as a focus of human settlement.

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The Pilgrimage of Grace Cycle Ride

This 17 miles circular heritage route with some spectacular views of the Yorkshire Wolds links places with a connection to the 1536 rebellion against Henry VIII.

The route is way-marked with a penny farthing symbol incorporating the heritage badge.

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Hornsea to Hull Rail Trail (a section of the Trans-Pennine Trail)

Enjoy a mainly off-road cycle experience on the Hornsea to Hull Rail Trail which is part of the longer Trans Pennine Trail (running 215 miles) between Hornsea in the east and Southport in the west. The trail officially starts on Hornsea seafront outside the old Hornsea railway station building located 100 yards from the seafront - where there is an artfully designed wall to commemorate the start (or finish) of the trail. Alternatively, you can park at Hornsea Freeport and hire bikes from Switchback Cycles where you can access the route directly. There are a number of car parks along this section of the trail, including the old Whitedale station, New Ellerby and the picnic area situated at the Skirlaugh crossing. This allows you to explore different sections of the route at your leisure.

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Cycle hire is available from Switchback Cycles at Hornsea Freeport, including electric bikes and Hull Trinity Backpackers at Market Place, Hull.

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Local attractions starting from Hornsea include:

  • 2.5 miles - Honeysuckle Farm and café where you can explore the farm and see a variety of farm animals from horses to rabbits. Admission charges apply.
  • 3.7 miles - Wrygarth Inn and Tearoom a perfect stop for a coffee, home-made cakes and great food.
  • 6.0 miles - The Railway Inn at Ellerby prides itsself on home-made pies with a recipe that has remained the same for over three generations.
  • 8.9 miles - Burton Constable Hall and Stables Kitchen where you can enjoy delicious home-made food in a warm and cosy environment. Entry to the Stables Kitchen is free and is open daily. Normal admission charges apply to visit the hall, grounds and stables.
  • 26 miles - Hull where you can visit The Deep aquarium, free museums, shops, pubs, cafés and restaurants.
Big Skies Bike Rides

Enjoy a great selection of circular day rides (17 – 24 miles) across the Yorkshire Wolds on quiet country lanes and cycle paths, for some of the country’s best big skies and back roads cycling at a slower pace.

You can literally see for miles across this gentle rolling and colourful chalkland landscape or be winding you way through a hidden valley – just some of the features painted by David Hockney who himself first discovered the Yorkshire Wolds by bike.

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Slow Tour of Yorkshire

Are you inspired by the Tour de Yorkshire?

If so, why not enjoy a great cycling day out in Yorkshire at your own pace. The Slow Tour is a guide to 21 of the best cycle routes across Yorkshire on the National Cycle Network. The routes are suitable for most abilities. They are between 10 and 20 miles (2 - 3 hours of slow-cycling), on traffic-free or quiet lanes. Whether you are a family, new to cycling or a regular cyclist, you too can do your very own Tour of Yorkshire.

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East Yorkshire Cycle Maps

Discover the East Riding of Yorkshire at your own pace by choosing from a selection of leisure cycle routes all starting/finishing from different towns and villages. Simply choose a starting point from the selection below, click and download the map.

If you would like a printed copy of any of these maps to be posted to you, please contact us at transport.policy@eastriding.gov.uk or call (01482) 393969 or why not pick a copy up at one of our Tourist Information Centres?

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Sunday 27 September

Welcome to Day 7 of the Walking East Yorkshire Festival

Ten of the best walks from Coast to Country
Showcasing the wonderful landscape and rich heritage of this unique area, the festival team along with local walking enthusiasts have handpicked a selection of some of the area’s most outstanding walks.

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Due to Covid-19 our festival has gone virtual for one year only! Download last year’s festival programme to give you a flavour of the kind of activities you will be able to enjoy next year.

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