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Days Out – The Yorkshire Dales

City Dweller Magazine have teamed up with the guys at Welcome to Yorkshire to look at some Yorkshire days out. Here’s one of their suggestions with all the makings for a great day out.

In July this year, the Yorkshire Dales will be overcome with cycling fever, as the world’s biggest cycle race – the Tour de France – rolls into the county for the first time in its 111-year history.

The Yorkshire Dales
The Yorkshire Dales

Stage 1 of the Grand Départ on July 5 sets off from Leeds, races through the Yorkshire Dales, and finishes in Harrogate. Stage 2 on July 6 will see the peloton race from York to a stage finish in Sheffield.

And a bike is a great way to enjoy the Dales for the amateur too – on-road or off-road. If you fancy hiring a bike for a dash around the Dales, then try the Dales Bike Centre located in Swaledale, at www.dalesbikecentre.com

Offering road and mountain bike hire on the doorstep of some great routes and incredible scenery, it’s a brilliant way to experience the Yorkshire Dales.

But let’s not forget about that age-old pastime of walking, and the abundant walking opportunities in the Yorkshire Dales – not least the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.

Comprising of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, the Three Peaks cover 160 sq km of upland in the west of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, rising to 736m at their tallest.

The 25-mile challenge is to summit all three peaks in under 12 consecutive hours, and there are plenty of good guides available.

The challenge certainly isn’t for the faint-hearted, and will burn through a few thousand calories with ease.

So, to remedy that loss of energy, be sure to top up before and after at the Pen-y-ghent Cafe in Horton-in-Ribblesdale, one of the traditional starting points for people embarking on their Three Peaks challenge. The café operates a clock in and out system to time walkers, and has a Three Peaks of Yorkshire Club for those who complete the challenge successfully.

For more information on the Yorkshire Dales, check out www.yorkshiredales.org.uk and www.yorkshire.com, and for all things related to Yorkshire’s Grand Départ, head to www.letouryorkshire.com

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