Cycling around Brimham Rocks

Cycling is an excellent pastime.

When cycling around Nidderdale AONB Brimham Rocks is an excellent stopping point for refueling with a slice of cake and filling up the water bottles.

  • There are cycle racks in the main car park as well as in front of the refreshment kiosk.
  • We have a cycle repair kit at hand should your bike need an emergency servicing; ask at the Visitor centre.
  • The refreshment kiosk stocks a variety of award-winning cakes and pies and serves an excellent cup of coffee.
  • Don't hesitate to make use of the 24/7 open toilet facilities and fill up your water bottle
Nidderdale North Yorkshire Nidderdale Cycling Loop

Nidderdale Cycling Loop

Set in and around the Nidderdale AONB this is a loop around one of the most beautiful areas of the Yorkshire Dales. The route is almost all off road and takes in a variety of terrains, ranging from gravel tracks through open moorland to narrow technical descents, this journey is a challenging route for the more experienced riders.

Way of the Roses cycle route, one of Britain’s best coast-to-coast routes, goes right through the property of Brimham Rocks. For 170 miles between Morecambe and Bridlington, this highly popular route passes through historic cities like York and Lancaster, and other gems such as Settle, Pateley Bridge and Ripon.

Cycling is a great way to get around the AONB and there is a good network of quiet lanes giving you an excellent choice of routes. The list of possible routes is endless but we have assembled a few to help you get started.

If you’re new to cycling, have a young family or would just prefer a short, quiet ride away from traffic, the Nidderdale Are of Outstanding Natural Beauty has plenty of choice. Brimham Rocks is the perfect stopping point to enjoy a picnic on the rocks and scramble about.

Why not try out the Brimham Rocks and Fountains Abbey Circular? This 14-mile route goes past the Fountains Abbey World Heritage Site and takes you back to Brimham Rocks for a well-earned rest and brew.

For the mountain biking enthusiast Brimham Blast is the perfect challenge. Despite being short it should not be underestimated. After a gentle start up on the road it soon heads onto rough bridleways with challenging uphill and downhill sections opening up spectacular views.

Brimham Rocks cycling route is a 30-mile circular ride going through some smaller villages surrounding Harrogate. It offers a few gentle climbs up to the stunning North Yorkshire scenery of Brimham Rocks.

The Northern AONB route is a 40-mile circular route including Pateley Bridge, Upper Nidderdale, Masham and some of the eastern villages. There are some key attractions en route such as Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal World Heritage Site and Brimham Rocks which are well worth a visit.

Or try out the National Trust Long Dales Route (96.6miles), a challenging route for committed fit bike riders that takes in some of Yorkshire’s most amazing scenery.

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