The best cycle paths in North Yorkshire

The best cycle paths in North Yorkshire

Our guide to the top 5 routes to discover
Forest Holidays


1. Cropton Circular

First on our list is a cycle path you can enjoy from your doorstep at Cropton. Stop off at the Forest Retreat and pick up a cycling guide or ask the friendly team for directions along the Cropton circular route. At 10.3km this is one the whole family can enjoy, either in record time or at your own pace! Set off from our cabins at Cropton and take in views from the heart of the forest, if you’re lucky you might even see one of the many deer that call the forest their home. Why not stop off at Keldy and enjoy some delicious food and drink before heading back to your cosy log cabin and taking a well earned dip in your hot tub?

Forest Retreat at Forest Holidays, Cropton

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2. Dalby Forest

Get closer to nature at Dalby Forest! Whether you’re new to cycling, or you're happy soaring through vast woodland, Dalby Forest offers a fantastic opportunity for natural cycling with a range of cycling paths to choose from. We recommend the Ellerburn trail for family friendly cycling! Choose the short cycle route (2.8km) or the longer route (4.5km) - ideal for children learning to ride their first bike! This route is a multi-user pathway for walkers, and wheelchair users so bear this in mind when letting your little one’s roam free.

Views at Dalby Forest in North Yorkshire

Views at Dalby Forest in North Yorkshire.

3. Bransdale Loop

No trip to North Yorkshire would be complete without visiting the North York Moors. Featuring moorland, coast, forest, and dales the North York Moors is truly beautiful and a must see for anyone visiting the area. At 44km, Bransdale loop is an ideal route for keen cyclists offering a mix of moorland road cycling and spectacular broad valley views. For the best experience we recommend tackling it from an anticlockwise direction starting at Kirkbymoorside. Towards the end of this route, you will be greeted to a string of cafés and country pubs - perfect for a welcomed break.

A carpet of Bluebells in beech woodland at Bransdale, North Yorkshire.

4. Spaunton Manor Circuit

If you’re looking for something slightly less strenuous, the is the route for you. At just 14.5km, Spaunton Manor circuit offers a short ride with some level stretches across moorland and the occasional climb. Offering beautiful views across the North York Moors this is a great family friendly cycle path. It's worth noting, that due to steep inclines, this one is better suited to older children. Follow quiet country lanes through nearby villages and you will find a pub or two – a welcome break for a bite to eat.

View of Spaunton in the North York Moors

View of Spaunton in the North York Moors.

5. National Route 1

Last on our list is not for the faint hearted, this long-distance cycle path takes in views of the coast and parts of the popular Cinder Track. At 35kms this delightful coastal route offers breath-taking views from Scarborough to Whitby, featuring everything you need for a perfect bike ride. Look out upon secluded coves, ancient castles, and ruins this is an ideal route for those that want to make some pitstops along the way.

View of the Cinder Track in North Yorkshire.

Now you’ve discovered our top 5 cycle paths in North Yorkshire, what are you waiting for? Book your cycling holiday today and stay in accommodation at Keldy or accommodation at Cropton for an action packed holiday everyone can enjoy. Want to get straight out into the forest as soon as you arrive? Book your bikes at the same time as your break so they’re ready and waiting for you. Log into your account to add bike hire and we’ll take care of the details.