A seven day, self-guided holiday cycling in the Yorkshire Wolds, lesser known than Yorkshire’s Dales or Moors, but covering over 200km of backroad trails, in landscapes famously portrayed by David Hockney in his The Road Across the Wolds. This cycling circuit starts and ends in the medieval town of Beverley, just 15mins by train from Hull, so this trip is very accessible by rail. Staying in small, Yorkshire inns and guesthouses, cycling highlights include the traditional and charming market towns of Pocklington and Malton, Bempton Cliffs and the seaside resort of Bridlington.
You can also enjoy cycling in the Yorkshire Wolds on an e-bike.
- Gentle cycling through charming Yorkshire scenery
- Biking between village pubs and old coaching inns
- Historic Yorkshire market towns and villages
- Riding across chalk valleys and rolling hills with big sky views
- Bridlington, for its old town, an ice cream and refreshing dip in the sea
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Day 1: Arrival Beverley
Arrive in Beverley which, in medieval times was one of the most important towns in England. It was a place of pilgrimage to Beverly Minster on the site of an early church built by John of Beverley, Archbishop of York. Today you should have time to visit the Minster, a huge church dating back to 1404. Visit St Mary’s, the 12th-century sister church of the Minster that was built to serve the town’s trading community. Beverly has a lively outdoor market and Guildhall, both worth visiting.
- Accommodation: Trinity Guest House or similar in Beverley
Day 2: Beverley to Pocklington | 42km
Cycle out of Beverley in the morning and then through idyllic rural landscapes, peppered with small strips of forests. You then have a good run into Market Weighton, perhaps for lunch. Once the location of Britain’s largest sheep market, it is now well known for its quintessentially English farmers’ market, duck pond and red tiled roofs. From here, there are a few mild climbs and descents passing Londesborough Park and Gardens and Cleaving Coombe valley to bring you into Pocklington – a historic market town with an array of charming, independent shops and boutiques. The beautiful church dates back to before the 15th century, and the illustrious Pocklington School has produced luminaries such as William Wilberforce, the slave abolitionist who began his anti-slavery campaign whilst boarding here. Take some quiet time out in the gardens at Burnby Hall.
- Cycling for the day: 42km
- Accommodation: The Feathers Hotel or similar in Pocklington
Day 3: Pocklington to Malton | 51km
A series of climbs and the valley of Pasturdale bring you up to Huggate, with its duck pond and small inn where Hockney once stayed. In his youth, Hockney spent two summers stacking corn, cycling and “falling in love with this part of the world“. Heading on, cycle along the top of the Wolds before descending into Thixendale. Nearby is Robert Fuller Gallery, the work of an artist who paints wildlife at his estate, with cameras set up in several places. An undulating ride brings you to Kirkham on a point above the River Rye before heading north-east into Malton. This is a market town that has provided a welcome for travellers as far back as Roman times and is now claimed to be Yorkshire’s food capital, busy with local stores, bakeries, butchers, microbreweries and restaurants. If you have time, or if you want to take an extra day here, Castle Howard is 11km away – an 18th-century stately home set on landscaped grounds with fountains, trails and lakes. Even closer to Malton is Eden Camp Museum, formerly a World War II prison camp.
- Cycling for the day: 51km
- Accommodation: The Wentworth Arms or similar in Malton
Day 4: Malton to Hunmanby | 50km
Start your day off with a climb up Fizgig Hill, after Settring Village. The cycling then goes back to more gentle undulations through the fertile farmland and hills of the Wolds, by now a familiar pattern. Finally, you descend into Cans Dale and over South Dale to arrive in Hunmanby. This ancient village is nestled between the coast and Yorkshire Wolds. Stroll around the village where highlights include All Saints Church’s unusual Admirals Arch.
- Cycling for the day: 50km
- Accommodation: The Southgate B&B or similar in Hunmanby
Day 5: Hunmanby to Driffield | 62km
Today is quite a long day, but it’s mostly gentle cycling. Although it adds a few kilometres, you can take a ride off route to the RSPB sanctuary of Bempton Cliffs. The site is an important one for for breeding seabirds, including puffins and razorbills (April to July). More than 200,000 seabirds live on these 100m-high chalk precipices.
The next place of note is the seaside town of Bridlington, always good for a paddle and an ice cream. Just before the town is Sewerby Hall, a Grade I listed Georgian country house set in 20 hectares of landscaped gardens, recently restored to its Edwardian elegance. Then head back inland, gently climbing up Rudston Beacon and descending into Burton Agnes. Visit the Elizabethan manor house, with its haunted hall. At the end of the day, drift into the market town of Driffield, known locally as the capital of the Wolds. From here, Wolds produce was historically shipped down the canal to Hull and out to the rest of the world. You have lots of choices of pubs and restaurants here.
- Cycling for the day: 62km
- Accommodation: Best Western Bell Hotel (Driffield)
Day 6: Driffield to Beverley | 32km
Leaving Driffield, your cycle holiday concludes with a shorter day in typical Wolds style. Wind around the roads that connect farms with small Yorkshire villages such as Etton and Cherry Burton before completing your circuit of the Yorkshire Wolds in Beverley.
- Cycling for the day: 32km
- Accommodation: Trinity Guest House (Beverley)
Day 7: Departure
Depart from Beverley after breakfast.
What to expect
There are various accommodations along the Yorkshire Wolds route ranging from bed and breakfasts, lodges and pubs to small hotels. They are run by cycling-friendly hosts and have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere, cuisine and/or unique services. Further facilities such as washing and drying and packed lunches are available in some accommodations, details will be given in your pre-departure info pack.
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- Trinity Guest House (Beverley)
- The Feathers Hotel (Pocklington)
- The Wentworth Arms (Malton)
- The Southgate B&B (Hunmanby)
- Best Western Bell Hotel (Driffield)
*Hotels are subject to availability. In the event of a particular hotel being fully booked for your chosen dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.
Breakfast is included on all days. When no restaurant location is available on the route, lunches and snacks should either be bought from local shops, or packed lunch can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before. You can have dinner at the guesthouse you are staying at or at the village pubs and restaurants.
Difficulty and terrain
This is a moderate itinerary with daily cycles of between 32-62km on undulating to hilly terrain. The cycling is on low-traffic side roads and cycleways. It is suitable for adults of all ages and fitness levels but not for children. You will need a reasonable level of fitness to participate fully in this cycling tour of the English countryside (read more about difficulty grades). The route is signed with white acorn signs and is easily navigable. We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.
When to go
This trip is available from late-March until mid-October.
The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your trip on any date during the season.
Up-to-date travel advice on the United Kingdom is available here (for Canadian citizens) and here (for US citizens).
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Our recommended airports for this tour are Leeds/Bradford (LBA), Manchester (MAN) or Newcastle upon Tyne (NCL).
By train or bus
- Arrival: Newcastle is a major transport hub in the northeast of England and has excellent rail, road and air links from Scotland and the South of England. It also has an international airport.
- Beverley is on the rail network, on the line between Hull and Scarborough. London King’s Cross to Beverley trains generally depart hourly via Hull and possibly via Doncaster. The journey takes 3-4h. Also, from the North, there are regular trains from York via Hull in 1.5-2h.
- See nationalrail.co.uk or the Omnio planner above for timetables and planning. Make sure to book tickets and reserve a seat (and your bike) well in advance.
- Ferry: Hull is only 16km away, and it takes approximately 25mins for a taxi to drive to/from the Ferry Terminal. Daily services run between Hull – Rotterdam (NL) and Hull – Zeebrugge (BE).
- 6 nights of accommodation (hotels, inns, B&Bs and guesthouses)
- 6 breakfasts
- Detailed route descriptions and maps
- GPS tracks available on request
- Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel on all cycling days (one bag per person, up to 20kg)
- 24/7 phone assistance by our local representative
- Airfare and connecting land transfers
- Lunches, dinners, drinks and snacks
- Travel insurance (required – get a quote online)
- Personal expenses
- Local tourist taxes and entry fees (payable on-site)
- Any items not explicitly listed as included
Options, extras and supplements
- If you’re travelling in a group, a supplement applies to group members who would like to have a single room (subject to availability); note that single rooms sometimes may be of an inferior standard to double/twin rooms
- This holiday is available for solo travellers; a supplement will be charged as accommodation and luggage transfer costs are not shared (we never mix and match – solo travellers will be accommodated in single rooms)
- Both solo and single supplements are on request only – once we receive your booking, we will advise you about the exact supplement
- Bike rental not available