If you enjoy cycling then you will feel right at home visiting Yorkshire. The area offers a huge variety of cycling opportunities, whether it's taking to the country lanes or going off-road on single tracks.

It's a region that is crisscrossed with national cycleways that follow old railway tracks, custom built paths and quiet leafy lanes. And the trails across the dales and moors offer endless cycling possibilities for both novices and the adventurous alike.

Cycling is a lovely way to explore the area whilst you're on holiday. You get to see more and feel more in touch with the countryside around you and you can be sure that wherever you stay there will be some great cycling routes close at hand. From the more gentle routes in the valleys to some challenging climbs over expansive moorland and from the wild and remote northern dales to the rolling farmland in the east, the cycling is always memorable for its fantastic scenery and beautiful villages.

And if you can't find room for your bike don't worry; in many cases you can hire your bicycles locally. Click on the link to the right to search for cottagesclose to great cycling areas. Or read about individual cycling routes below

Yorkshire Dales Cycleway

The route starts in the busy market town of Skipton, the `Gateway to the Dales'

Pennine Bridleway - Cycling

The Pennine Bridleway is a new 350 mile long National Trail in the north of England.

Malhamdale - Cycling

The countryside around Malham is beautiful; there is no other word for it. There are over 800 km of bridleways, byways and green lanes on the doorstep. Perfect for mountain biking!

Settle Loop for Mountain Bikers

Test yourself on this 10 mile mountain trail which has far reaching views across a rolling Yorkshire Dales landscape.

Big Bear Bikes

Situated on the main street in Pickering Big Bears Bikes occupies two floors and is the ideal place to either hire a bike, go on a guided ride or get your own bike serviced. Tel: 01751 474220

Scarborough to Whitby RailTrail
Scarborough to Whitby RailTrail

This former railway line which closed in 1923 is now open to walkers and cyclists who want to enjoy a traffic free trail all the way from Scarborough to Whitby. More commonly known as `The Cinder Track' it takes you through the North York Moors National Park with the options to take several de tours to visit places such as Cloughton Wyke, the Cleveland Way and Stoupe Beck Sands.

Dalby Forest - Cycling

Dalby Forest is situated on the southern slopes of the North York Moors National Park close to the lovely village of Pickering.

Mastiles Lane

Located between Kilnsey and Malham this single-track gem was used for over two thousand years as a trading route.

Way of the Roses Cycle Route

This is one of the newest cycle routes in Yorkshire and was completed in September 2010. It is a fantastic coast to coast cycle route starting from Morecambe.

The moor to sea cycle

Crossing the stunning moorlands of North Yorkshire and through beautiful forests to the dramatic heritage coastline