World Tourism Day - West Yorkshire on two wheels

It’s World Tourism Day on Wednesday 27th September and we believe there's no better way to see West Yorkshire’s greatest sights than by bike. See below for five Ideas which take in the best West Yorkshire has to offer on two wheels.

A Trip Down the Aire Valley

We could write an entire article on the attractions reached by this canal, but since Yorkshire is bursting with great places to ride we’ll keep it short. The towpath, which runs between Leeds and Liverpool via Shipley, Silsden and Skipton, links some of the best local attractions in the region. Whether you’ve got a full day to fill or just a few hours to nip out, there’s always a place of interest near the towpath. From the Royal Armouries to Five-Rise Locks via Kirkstall Abbey, Armley Industrial Museum and Salts’ Mill, you’re spoiled for choice.

Up Hill...

West Yorkshire isn't a flat place. However, people visit from across the country to ride here because of that, testing themselves against roads such as Holme Moss, Shibden Wall or Otley Chevin Bank. While these rides will never be easy, the challenge they pose adds to the enjoyment when you finally reach the top and are rewarded with sweeping vistas of beautiful Yorkshire countryside. You don't get that feeling from a flat road.

...Down Dale

The Yorkshire Dales National Park is so easy to get to from Bradford, especially by bike. Whether hopping on the train to Ilkley or following the route of the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire stage which started in Bradford, you've got no excuse not to try. From there, Bolton Abbey and Skipton are a short ride away and if you like your rides a bit longer, then the Dales offers some of the best terrain for cycling in the whole UK.

Rough Terrain

If you like your cycling rough and ready, West Yorkshire offers plenty in the way of mountain biking - hundreds of miles of off-road tracks from open moorland to flowing routes through the woods. For starters try Illkley Moor (don't forget your hat!) and if you're feeling really brave then Calderdale has some of the best technical off-road in the country. One of the best things about West Yorks Mountain biking is the ease of access, especially by train - which means you're able to plan some major routes crossing valleys which go point-to-point rather than re-covering old ground.

Traffic-Free Trails

If canals towpaths don't float your boat and the idea of steep hills fills you with dread, then don't despair - we've got a whole network of off-road routes across West Yorkshire to choose from. Free from traffic (except walkers and the occasional horse) and expanding all the time through projects like CityConnect. Why not plan a ride down the Spen Valley greenway, or try the trans-pennine trail? By the end of the project, the off-road link between Wakefield and Castleford will also be complete, meaning you can ride from the Armouries to the Hepworth Gallery almost totally traffic free! For more information see the West Yorkshire Cycle Map - you can even plan you ride on there as well.

So why not get in touch friends and family from around the country and invite them to discover West Yorkshire by bike with you.....