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 countryside code [2Mb].
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Horse rides Cycle route Suitable for bikes or horse rides
Horse rides in North Yorkshire
|Marske circulars [1Mb]||Richmondshire||6 - 13 miles|
|Richmond to Marske [1Mb]||Richmondshire||4 miles|
|Harkerside circulars [1Mb]||Richmondshire||8 - 11 miles|
|Carlton circular [1Mb]||Richmondshire||10 miles|
|Thornton Watlass circular [1Mb]||Richmondshire||9 miles|
|Langthwaite circulars [2Mb]||Richmondshire||5 - 9 miles|
|All six northern Yorkshire Dales rides [4Mb]||Richmondshire||various|
|Great Broughton circular ride [2Mb]||Hambleton||6 miles|
|Great Busby to Crathorne Mill [2Mb]||Hambleton||14 miles|
Bike rides in North Yorkshire
|Bank Newton family horse or cycle ride [592kb]||nr. Skipton, Craven||8 miles|
|Harrogate to Knaresborough [400kb]||Harrogate||3.8 miles|
|Nidderdale Loop [473kb]||nr. Pateley Bridge, Harrogate||10.3 miles|
|Marske Loop [503kb]||Richmondshire||12 miles|
|Howardian Hills horse or cycle ride [537kb]||nr. Malton, Ryedale||13 miles|
|Around Pickering [364kb]||Ryedale||14 miles|
|Northallerton Loop [93kb]||Hambleton||13 miles|
|Newton le Willows to Snape [95kb]||nr Bedale, Richmondshire||15 miles|
|Scarborough to Whitby [296kb]||Scarborough||20 miles|
|Hovingham Hub [1Mb]||Hovingham, nr Malton||11 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
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.