Cycle Routes around Ripon and the Yorkshire Dales

Yorkshire Grand Depart

To celebrate the Grand Depart of the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire in 2014, Moonglu have decided to share their favourite cycle routes in the area. Owner Neil has been riding in North Yorkshire for many years and has built up a knowledge of great bike ride routes around the city of Ripon and further afield. It is anticipated that millions will travel to Yorkshire to watch the Tour live. Aswell as the many Brits that will come to the area to stay and watch the Tour from the roadside, it is very likely that cycling fans from around the world will also come to the area. Many will want to stay awhile, view our beautiful county and maybe see some of it on their bikes. If you plan to stay in the Ripon area, hopefully these routes will help you get around. Below is a list of routes that have been published by Neil on Ride with GPS. The routes have detailed descriptions and can be downloaded to paper or onto the leading GPS devices such as Garmin and Bryton.



Moonglu Club Run

The Moonglu Club Run is now our classic route and a great after work 22 mile blast with a flowing start, some good climbing in the middle and a fast run in back to the shop in Ripon. The route can also be found through this link: Moonglu Club Run

Boroughbridge Loop

A comfortable 17 mile loop starting in Ripon and heading out through Littlethorpe to the beautiful village of Bishop Monkton. Taking the first left through the village, the road becomes a lane and heads out on a quietly across to Roecliffe. Once through Roecliffe, go under the A1 Motorway and into the riverside market town of Boroughbridge. Follow the route through Boroughbridge and take the road across to Skelton on Ure, past Newby Hall and back towards Ripon. The last mile will bring you past Ripon Racecourse and back into the centre, past Ripon Cathedral. The route can also be found through this link: Boroughbridge Loop

Leyburn Loop

One of my favourite longer loops, heading out of Ripon past the shop and onto the Kirkby Malzaerd road. A gradual climb all the way to Grewelthorpe is rewarded with stunning views across Wensleydale and a descent into Masham. Masham is a great place for a mid ride coffee stop with numerous cycle friendly cafe's or if this is too early for a stop, continue onto the A6108 Leyburn road. There's 2 more great stopping points at the side of this road, Brymor Ice Cream parlour and Jervaulx Abbey tea rooms. You're also now on the route of the 2014 Tour de France albeit, in reverse, this road will be used as the run in of Stage 1 coming down Wensleydale from Leyburn, to Masham then Ripon and finally across to Harrogate. The road up the south side of the Ure valley also offers great views of the hill side town of Leyburn and the limestone outcrops that dominate the valley further up. Both Middleham, famous for it's castle and race horses and Leyburn are great stop off points. The long gradual climb up the valley is now rewarded in full with a gradual descent down the north side all the way to Bedale. Straight through the small market town and it's mainly flat, on quiet roads all the way back to Ripon. The Leyburn Loop can also be found through this link: Leyburn Loop

Vale of York

A great ride if you fancy staying away from the hills of Yorkshire. The first 15 miles follow the route of the Way of the Roses, a Sustrans Coast to Coast route. Heading out of Ripon using the same route as the Boroughbridge route above, it continues south east out through the small villages of Upper and Lower Dunsforth, over to Great Ouseburn. Once through Ouseburn, turn left and over the small toll bridge (free to cyclists) over the river Ouse and into Aldwark. The route now turns back north towards Helperby and Cundall. The great thing about this ride is you'll have the roads to yourself, the majority  of the ride is on quiet lanes and the stretch through Cundall, Norton Le Clay and over to Marton le Moor is reminiscent of Paris Roubaix. Although not offering many stop off points, the route can be easily ridden in reverse or extended through numerous other villages. If ridden in reverse, La Rascasse in Boroughbridge is a great coffee stop and cyclist friendly.   The Vale of York ride can also be found through this link: Vale of York

Dallowgill and Brimham Rocks

Another popular Thursday evening Club Run ride and another ride that's great either way round. We usually head out towards Kirkby Malzaerd, though Laverton and up onto Dallowgill Moor. This is a nice gradual climb that gains most of the ride's height. The climb levels out in dense heather moorland, a beautiful sea of purple in summer, dives through a valley and heads down to Fellbeck. A short climb back out of Fellbeck and you're skirting Brimham Rocks, a popular National Trust beauty spot. This is the start of a fast descent on quiet roads to the back of Fountains Abbey, another National Trust site and World Heritage site. We usually use the access road past the Fountains visitors centre as it is a much better tarmac surface. The ride ends with a further descent back into Ripon. By far the best place for a stop is the visitors centre at Fountains Abbey with a great National Trust cafe and shop with safe bike parking and even a repair station. The Dallowgill Brimham Rocks ride can also be found through this link: Dallowgill and Brimham Rocks These routes will continue to be updated, please come back and check. If you plan to visit Ripon or the surrounding area and would like advice on routes or places to see by bike, contact Neil by phone on 01765 601106 or by email at: Looking for somewhere to stay on the Way of the Roses? Pateley Bridge is a great place for an overnight break, we can highly recommend Talbot House bed and breakfast located on the main street in Pateley Bridge. Book a room by calling 01423 711597 or visit their website
January 30, 2013 by Neil Dunkley