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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 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.


– 50 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.


– 84 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 114 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 and Airton, and get a quick drink in Horton-in-Ribblesdale.


-114 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.