Pedal power in Pickering

Pickering is right at the heart of cycling heaven.

Whether you’re a road rider, a mountain biker or you prefer gravel or cinder tracks, the beautiful countryside sprawling out from the town is where you’ll find mile after mile of leisurely sightseeing routes, challenging hills and gnarly forest trails.

Situated on the edge of the beautiful North York Moors national park, Pickering is within reach of all kinds of places to visit by bike. Many riders choose to explore the beautiful villages of Hutton-Le-Hole, Rosedale Abbey, Glaisdale, Egton Bridge, Grosmont and Goathland. 

If you’re all about the #mtblife then you’re absolutely spoilt for choice in the Pickering area. Dalby Forest is Yorkshire’s cycling mecca, with green, blue, red and black trails, as well as the Dixon’s Hollow bike skills free ride area. Cropton Forest is another great place for exploring on two wheels on what are typically more sedate tracks on a par with Dalby’s green routes.

MTB Smashing Trails

The North York Moors are interwoven with a network of paths that wind through forests and over hills, offering incredible views, fresh air and plenty of wildlife. This part of the world is blessed with some absolutely stunning former railway line routes.

The best-known, from Scarborough to Whitby, takes in just over 20 miles of National Cycle Network route one, the North Sea Cycle Route, but there’s also Rosedale Railway Cycling Route, which travels along the old ironstone railway line from Hutton-le-Hole across Spaunton Moor towards Rosedale, a route which is peaceful and quiet now but from 1856 until the 1920s was at the heart of a mining boom. 

Where to ride

With 13 walking trails, including easy access, six cycling trails and four running trails, the Great Yorkshire Forest has all you need for everything from a full day of family fun to a high speed blast in mountain biking heaven.


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