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#54727 - 11/04/10 08:14 AM Cycling the Dales Way
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Hello Everyone

I would like to cycle the lkley to Grassington section of Dales Way. I know there is the Dales Cycle Way but this doesn't take in some of the areas I would like to see.

Is cycling the lkley to Grassington section allowed or is it purely for walking (I'm thinking about terrain and damage by cycling etc)



#54728 - 11/04/10 09:48 AM Re: Cycling the Dales Way [Re: flumperspish]
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Very little of it is bridleway, so technically a cyclist has no legal right to use it.
Very little of it has a suitable surface for bikes - I accept that a single bike once in a blue moon does little damage, but you know what I'm saying.
There's a heck of a lot of stiles and hardly any gates, so there's a lot of lifting and carrying.
And finally, because the section you mention is very popular amongst recreational walkers, I don't think you'd be all that popular!
Well, that might not dissuade you, but I think it's fair and accurate comment.

#54736 - 11/04/10 07:01 PM Re: Cycling the Dales Way [Re: Stottie]
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Its a long distance FOOTpath. Most cyclists even MTB riders know the difference and understand the reasons why Cycling is not allowed.
As walkers, despite the 'right to roam', there are many places we would like to walk, but are not allowed.
You can roughly follow most of the route by road, something I contemplated doing during the Foot & Mouth outbreak, when all the paths were closed.

#54738 - 11/04/10 08:35 PM Re: Cycling the Dales Way [Re: Slogger]
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I've done the Dales Way twice and is only a footpath and not really a bridleway on that said section. I don't think cycling would be allowed anyway, lots of stiles to get over and ramblers. However, saying all that there is a quite back road that follows the Dales Way quite closely, that's your best bet.

#54747 - 12/04/10 11:16 AM Re: Cycling the Dales Way [Re: flatlands]
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I thought so, I just wanted to make sure so that I didn't get in to bother! I am not really a cycler or a walker, just a townie looking to enjoy the countryside. I walked on Ilkley Moor a few times last year and am doing the three peaks of Yorkshire this year.

I did manage to find a nice cycle route yesterday - Bingley to Skipton along the canal towpath. There were lots of walkers and cyclists living side by side in perfect harmony (cue Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder) so I think I have a nice route for this summer.

Thanks all!!


#54748 - 12/04/10 11:26 AM Re: Cycling the Dales Way [Re: flumperspish]
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You could try the TransPennine Trail see:-
Pennine Way 2005&2014; C2C 2006; SWCP 2007; WHW 2008; GGW 2008; Dales Way 2011; Clev.W 2012; Yorkshire W.W. 2012; Offa's Dyke 2013; Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path 2014; Pembrokeshire Coast Path 2015: LEJoG in stages 2018: Camino 5/2019.


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