We asked journalist Joe Shute to join us on a cycling break and share with you his route and top tips.
Joe relives the thrill of this year’s Peloton, cycling part of the Tour De Yorkshire route through the Yorkshire Dales.
Visit Aysgarth Falls/ tea shops in Hawes and Kettlewell
From north Leeds, the River Wharfe leads you up into the Dales. I stick to the roads on the right side of the bank which are more or less traffic free all the way to Kettlewell and lead you up through woodland trails and Bolton Abbey on the Duke of Devonshire’s estate. This section is glorious and was once recommended to me by Yorkshire man Brian Robinson – the first ever Briton to win a stage of the Tour De France in 1958 – who still heads out on his bike today.
Stopping at Kettlewell, you’ll find one of numerous excellent tea shops en route. Here cyclists from all over the country come to rest their legs and wolf down Yorkshire curd tart by the fire. On fine days, I simply perch on a dry-stone wall, munching down a sandwich while watching goldfinches flit between the hedgerows.