Looking for a gentle introduction to cycling in the English countryside? The North York Wolds Cycle Route is certainly set up for that.
Unwind on this beautiful circular tour of the Yorkshire Wolds. Follow quiet country lanes for ‘big sky’ cycling and pedal on back roads with long views.
The ‘Wolds’ comprise a great arcing chain of chalky hills north of the Humber Estuary (near Hull). You can literally see for miles across this gently rolling, colourful chalk land and agricultural landscape. Then, suddenly, you'll be winding your way through a hidden dry valley. Coincidence or not, these are just some of the scenes that were painted by the internationally acclaimed artist David Hockney. He actually first discovered the Yorkshire Wolds on a bicycle! The Wolds are a landscape that inspired one of Hockney's famous paintings: Woldgate. Along the way, your bike ride passes by famers' markets, hidden villages, grand country houses, wildflowers, some sea cliffs, nature reserves, historic priories, and some of the Yorkshire Wolds' most fascinating landmarks.
The ride is in a clockwise direction, the best way of experiencing it we believe. You'll cycle west from Beverley to Market Weighton and Pocklington, as far north as Malton, across to Bridlington in the east and then back to Beverley through Driffield. If you're in for cream tea, independent shops or a pub visit, the beautiful East Riding towns & villages will certainly cover you.