Guest cyclist David Williams talks about his favourite route.
Cycling from Rough Top
As soon as you open the door, you’re on a cycle route. No need to drive or make elaborate public transport plans. Such a luxury.
Segments of the Tour de France’s route when it weaved through Yorkshire are a few (more than a few but not too many) pedal strokes away. This includes the longest continuous climb in England up Cragg Vale where you travel 5.5 miles to climb 968 feet. You have to enjoy going up and coming down hills round here.
My favourite route was a 23-mile loop which takes in dramatic valley descents, gleaming/moody (weather dependent) reservoirs, moorland tops, lamb-filled fields, a great variety of wildlife and all whilst on quiet country roads where you’ll probably pass 4/5 cars if you’re unlucky. I tried some other routes but none beat this one. You can do it as a tough effort in under an hour and a half or take your time and take it all in with some lovely places to stop over a few hours. I don’t think I’d ever get bored of it, as you can see: