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Yorkshire Wolds 

9 days or 7 days self-guided cycling holiday

 

 

 

The Yorkshire Wolds is a beautiful land made of rolling chalk hills and valleys, south of the North York Moors, stretching from the coast at Flamborough westwards towards Malton and then south to the Humber River. Known as the 'king of the wolds', both Driffield and the ancient market town of Beverley lie on lower ground within the arms of the crescent. The scenery is just breathtaking with open roads leading to ancient market towns such as Pocklington, Driffield and the historic towns of York and Beverley, with their stunning Gothic Minsters and beautifully preserved old streets and stone buildings. The Wolds also boasts plenty of characterful inns, fine churches and magnificent country houses. This wonderful leisure cycling holiday includes sections of The Yorkshire Wolds Cycle route, goes through the Vale of York to Pocklington and then through Malton, across to Bridlington in the east and then back through Driffield, passing through lots of traditional Yorkshire towns and villages on the way - great for tea and pub stops! The route passes country houses, nature reserves, historic priories, and some of the region's most fascinating landmarks and a landscape that inspired David Hockney's Woldgate. Home to thousands of seabirds, Bempton's white chalk cliffs are the Wolds rising impressively out of the North Sea and are home to half a million seabirds that gather here between March and October. Bridlington's beach backed promenades are open for cycling and the halls and gardens of Burton Agnes Hall, a fine Elizabethan manor house, offer a great stop off point to relax and explore a touch of history and culture. This journey features magnificent, unspoiled scenery, beautiful market towns, outstanding country houses, sweeping coastline and friendly locals.

 

 

 

 

 

Program

Day 1

 

 

Arrival in York

York is the starting point for your Yorkshire Wolds cycling tour. York is a historic walled city with an impressive 13th-century Gothic cathedral which dominates the city. The cathedral was begun in 1220 and it took 250 years to build and is now considered one of Europe's finest medieval buildings. Visiting York is like stepping back into the middle ages, with the overhanging timber-framed houses and traditional shopfronts of The Shambles making it one of the UK's most historic (and picturesque) streets. Your accommodation is not far from the centre, so you will have plenty of time to enjoy its many attractions.

 

Day 2 

 

 

York to Pocklington 19 Miles / 33 Kms approx

After breakfast, you will meet our representative who will provide you with your hire bikes for the trip. After maybe a little more sightseeing in York, you leave the hustle and bustle of a major city behind you as you begin your cycle ride following the Sustrans Way of the Roses Route 66 as it winds its way through the Vale of York, Dunnington and Stamford Bridge, before arriving at your accommodation in Pocklington.

 

Day 3 

Pocklington to Malton 33 Miles / 53 Kms approx

Today's ride is slightly more undulating and takes us over the highest point of the whole holiday at Bishop Wilton Wold. The famous British artist David Hockney painted the view from the summit. We cycle through the picturesque village of Thixendale, with its local pub the Cross Keys one of many small country pubs that we pass today, before skirting the Howardian Hills, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty, and arriving into Kirkham with its impressive ruins of the Augustinian priory established in the 1120's. 

Ascent: 869 metres 

 

 Day 4 

 

 

Malton to Hunmanby 33 Miles / 53 Kms approx

After breakfast, get ready on the saddle for the first section of the day which has some cheeky little inclines. The route today takes us via Sledmere a Georgian country house set amongst gardens designed by the famous gardener Capability Brown. Certainly worth exploring and there is a lovely cafe on site for tasty refreshments. This afternoon undulates through more small villages before we arrive at Hunmanby just short of the coast and the location of our evening accommodation.

Ascent: 972 metres

Day 5 

Hunmanby to Driffield 33 miles / 53 Kms approx

A day full of things to do! Watching the thousands of seabirds on the cliffs at Bempton and then Flamborough Head, the hall and gardens at Sewerby hall before you reach the bustling seaside town of Bridlington famous for its fish and chips and the sea front promenade. Finally you have the stunning Elizabethan manor house at Burton Agnes to explore and then the market town of Driffield. 

Ascent: 731 metres

 

Day 6   

Driffield to Beverley 21 Miles / 34 Kms approx

Today's ride is a relatively short and flat ride to the historic town of Beverley. If you wish, you'll have some time to explore Driffield before you cycle through small pretty villages to Beverley and then to your accommodation for the night. It's well worth taking the time to explore this wonderful town with its small cobbled streets and its stunning Gothic Minster, arguably more impressive than the one in York! 

Ascent: 435 metres   

 

Day 7

Beverley to Pocklington 27 Miles / 43 Kms approx

After a traditional Yorkshire breakfast, you leave Beverley passing through the rolling countryside of the Wolds and the small market town of Market Weighton before reaching our evening destination at Pocklington. You can once again explore the town before enjoying an evening meal at one of the local restaurants. 

Ascent: 543 metres 

 

Day 8

Pocklington to York 19 Miles / 31 Kms. approx

Today we leave Pocklington and cycle back to York. You'll be surprised how different the views are: you will leave the tranquillity of the Yorkshire Wolds and enter the hustle and bustle of a major city! You will be met in the afternoon at your accommodation by our representative who will collect the bikes.

 

Day 9

Departure after breakfast

After a traditional Yorkshire breakfast, you check out of your accommodation and start your onward journey. End of our services.

 

 

 

 

There is also a 7 days / 6 nights version (ask usfor the detailled program):

Day 1 arrival in York

Day 2 transfer to Pocklington and cycling to Malton (33 miles / 53 km)

Day 3 from Malton to Hunmanby (33 miles / 53 km)

Day 4 from Hunmanby to Driffield (33 miles / 53 km)

Day 5 from Driffield to Beverley (21 Miles / 34 Km)

Day 6 from beverley to Pocklington and transfer to York (27 Miles / 43 Km)

Day 7 end of the tour after breakfast

 

 

 

 

 

The cycling tour includes:

  • 6 or 8 night accommodation with breakfast

  • luggage transportation

  • Only 7 days tour: transfers on day 2 and 6

  • Detailed route descriptions and maps

  • briefing with local representative

  • Emergency back-up

  • tour information

 

The cycling tour does not include:

  • Bike and helmet hire (available upon request)

  • Flight or travel costs

  • Entrance fees

  • All not clearly specified under "the cycling tour includes"

 

 

Dates

Daily from April until mid October. 

Level 2/3

For the leisure cyclist with a good level of physical fitness. It may include some steeper, cheeky climbs and possibly sections of varying terrain (e.g. forest tracks, gravel paths etc.). Distances between 19-33 miles / 31-53 km per day.

Price p.p. 2019*

9 days/ 8 nights tour

Sharing a double room   905

Supplement single room  395

Bike hire  140

E-bike hire   240

7 days/ 6 nights tour

Sharing a double room    750

Supplement in single room  298

Bike hire  120

E-bike hire   200

 

 

* Prices can change according to the exchange rate pound sterling-euro