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Horse and bike rides

North Yorkshire has more than 10,000km of public rights of way and offers off-road routes for cyclists and equestrians.

These routes cater for all abilities. They use mainly bridleways, green lanes and some unclassified roads. Some routes are rugged and hilly. Most of the routes are suitable for both horse riding and biking, but please read individual route guides for detailed information.

When setting out on a ride, ensure you have a map, suitable clothing and food and water. Check the weather and let someone know your plans. For a safe and responsible experience, follow the pdf icon countryside code [2Mb].


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Horse rides in North Yorkshire

RideGeneral areaLength
pdf icon Marske circulars [1Mb]Richmondshire6 - 13 miles
pdf icon Richmond to Marske [1Mb]Richmondshire4 miles
pdf icon Harkerside circulars [1Mb]Richmondshire8 - 11 miles
pdf icon Carlton circular [1Mb]Richmondshire10 miles
pdf icon Thornton Watlass circular [1Mb]Richmondshire9 miles
pdf icon Langthwaite circulars [2Mb]Richmondshire5 - 9 miles
pdf icon All six northern Yorkshire Dales rides [4Mb]Richmondshirevarious
pdf icon Great Broughton circular ride [2Mb]Hambleton6 miles
pdf icon Great Busby to Crathorne Mill [2Mb]Hambleton14 miles

Bike rides in North Yorkshire

RideGeneral areaLength
pdf icon Bank Newton family horse or cycle ride [592kb]nr. Skipton, Craven8 miles
pdf icon Harrogate to Knaresborough [400kb]Harrogate3.8 miles
pdf icon Nidderdale Loop [473kb]nr. Pateley Bridge, Harrogate10.3 miles
pdf icon Marske Loop [503kb]Richmondshire12 miles
pdf icon Howardian Hills horse or cycle ride [537kb]nr. Malton, Ryedale13 miles
pdf icon Around Pickering [364kb]Ryedale14 miles
pdf icon Northallerton Loop [93kb]Hambleton13 miles
pdf icon Newton le Willows to Snape [95kb]nr Bedale, Richmondshire15 miles
pdf icon Scarborough to Whitby [296kb]Scarborough20 miles
pdf icon Hovingham Hub [1Mb]Hovingham, nr Malton11 miles

Long-distance cycling trails

The following routes are promoted by organisations other than the county council.

Le Tour Yorkshire - The Grand Depart

Distance: 242 miles
Stage 1: Leeds to Harrogate 
Stage 2: York to Sheffield
The Tour de France will start in Yorkshire on 5 and 6 July 2014. Find more information about riding all or part of the route at Le Tour Yorkshire.

Yorkshire Wolds cycle route

Distance: 144 miles
Time to cycle: 18 hrs
Time to walk: 48 hrs
Start: numerous start points - Beverly, Malton, York
The route takes in country houses, nature reserves, historic priories and fascinating landmarks, using parts of the national cycle network. Find more information at Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route.

Derby to York - Sustrans cycle route

Distance: 193 miles
Time to cycle: 24 hrs
Time to walk: 64 hrs
This route incorporates the central section of the Trans-Pennine Trail. Traffic-free paths include Clumber Park to Clipstone Forest, Doncaster to Brampton and York to Selby. Find more information at Derby to York Route.

Walney Island to Sunderland or Whitby - Sustrans cycle route

Distance: 171 miles to Whitby
Time to cycle: 13 hrs
Time to walk: 36 hrs
This challenging route starts at Walney Island on the south western tip of Cumbria's Irish Sea coast. At Barnard Castle, the route splits and you can follow National Route 165 to Whitby via the Esk Valley through the North York Moors. Find more information about the route.

Way of the Roses - Sustrans cycle route

Distance: 173 miles
Time to cycle: 22 hrs
Time to walk: 59 hrs
Start: Morecambe
Finish: Bridlington via York
This spectacular coast to coast route passes through North Yorkshire. Highlights include the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Nidderdale AONB, the Vale of York and Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal World Heritage Site near Ripon. Find more information a Way of the Roses.

York to Beningbrough - Sustrans route

Distance: 11 miles
Time to cycle: 1.5 hrs
Time to walk: 5 hrs
This ride starts from York and wends its way north towards the National Trust property, Beningbrough Hall. Find more information about the route.

Moor to Sea cycle trail

Distance: 80+ miles
Time to cycle: 3 or 4 days
Start: multiple start points
Crossing the North York Moors National Park, the route links Scarborough, Pickering and Whitby. It uses forest tracks, green lanes, minor roads and the dismantled railway from Whitby to Scarborough. The route is suitable for family cycling, although it does pass through remote countryside. Directions are provided in stages that can be cycled over several days or as shorter rides. Find more information at Moor to Sea trail.

View public rights of way on a map

This map shows public rights of way in the whole of the county, including the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales national parks. If you have any queries or issues with paths in the national parks please contact the rights of way teams in the relevant national park authority.

This page was last updated on 25 November 2013