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The Best Yorkshire Dales Cycle Routes

The White Rose Classic features three Yorkshire Dales cycle routes, short, medium, or long. Any one of them makes for a great day out, affording beautiful views and significant challenges. Which one is right for you? It depends on your experience and your goals. Take a look at the routes and the profiles and that should make it easier for you to decide. No matter which route you chose when you registered, you can change your mind when you Sign On the morning of the Event. We’ll also be offering group rides for each route. It’s a great place to be for a supportive environment when pushing yourself to a new goal.


Grassington Inclines
Grassington Map


The White Rose Short Route is perfect for those taking on a first sportive challenge who want to see why so many cyclists are drawn to Yorkshire Dales cycle routes. At almost 50 miles it is plenty long enough to get a feel for the beauty – and challenges – of the area. The route is no pushover, tackling the famous Norwood Edge climb, before a well-earned rest at the Grassington feed station. Sailing from there down Wharfedale past Bolton Abbey, the last challenge of the day is the Langbar climb, before the downhill to finish back in Ilkley.


– 48 Miles, approximately 4200 feet of ascent

– Male timing standards:
Gold: 3:30hrs, Silver 4:00hrs, Bronze finish

– Female timing standards:
Gold: 4:15hrs, Silver 4:45hrs, Bronze finish

– Ride with GPS Route
Export to your GPS.


Settle Elevation Graph


Ride into the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, starting up Norwood Edge, over Greenhow to the first feedstation in Grassington. From Kilnsey in Wharfdale this is one of the few Yorkshire Dales cycle routes that ventures into remote Littondale and Silverdale, past Pen-Y-Ghent, before dropping into the ancient Ribbledale market town of Settle.

From Settle you tackle the steepest climb of the day, Albert Hill, before sweeping down into the final feedstation in the quaint village of Airton. The route eventually rejoins the Wharfe river leading to the final climb up Langbar and a welcome downhill finish in Ilkley.


– 83 Miles, approximately 6800 feet of ascent

– Male timing standards:
Gold: 5:45hrs, Silver: 6:45hrs, Bronze: finish

– Female timing standards:
Gold: 6:35hrs, Silver: 7:45hrs, Bronze: finish

– Ride with GPS Route
Export for your GPS.

Settle Map


Hawes Inclines
Hawes Map


The epic long route at 112 miles takes in the climbs of Norwood Edge, Fleet Moss, Garsdale Head (Coal Road), Dent Head, and Albert Hill outside of Settle, before finishing with a final climb over our local hill at Langbar. With nearly 10,000ft of ascent, it is a challenge for all riders. But it gives you an opportunity to take in the most dramatic of all the Yorkshire Dales cycle routes, with views of the famous Yorkshire 3 Peaks: Pen-Y-Ghent, Whernside, and Ingleborough. Riding the Long Route you will know why the Tour de France came to ride these roads!

But you wont be without support: after the Grassington feed station, you can refuel in Hawes, get a quick drink in Horton-in-Ribblesdale and grab more sustenance in Airton, before the final push home.


-112 miles, approximate 9300 feet of ascent

-Male timing standards:
Gold: :7:15hrs, Silver: 8:30hrs, Bronze: finish

-Female timing standards:
Gold: :8:20hrs, Silver: 9:45hrs, Bronze: finish

-Ride with GPS Route
Export to your GPS.


As beautiful as the Yorkshire Dales scenery is, you might enjoy it more with riding in the company of others.  For this year’s White Rose Classic, we offer the opportunity to ride the Dales in a Group with a ride leader – even if you come to the Event by yourself.

For each of the three Routes, there will be groups of different speeds led by experienced Ilkley Cycling Club ride leaders.  After you have registered to ride, you can join one of the Group Rides in advance.

Start Times

Hawes Long Route Groups

– Fast – 6:45, Average – 7:00, Steady – 7:15

Settle Medium Route Groups

– Fast – 7:45, Average: 8:00, Steady – 8:15

Grassington Short Route Groups

– Fast – 8:45, Average: 9:00, Steady – 9:15

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