Cycling in the East Riding of Yorkshire and Yorkshire Wolds

Cycling in the East Riding of Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Wolds

Cycling in the Yorkshire Wolds

Following its hosting of the start of the Tour de France in 2014, Yorkshire has taken cycling to its heart.

There is a reasonable chance that if you come to Yorkshire for cycling, you will take Yorkshire to your heart.

While the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors can be tough, in eastern Yorkshire there are flatter, more gentle routes. There is also the option of rolling hills through the Yorkshire Wolds, stretching from the River Humber to the sea at Filey (though even the Wolds have some challenging gradients along the western edge).

There are Sustrans-signposted country lanes, while from the Humber Bridge the National Byway takes a signposted route that loops around the the coast then on towards the Vale of Pickering south of the North York Moors.

These days a vibrant city, Hull has cycle routes into and around the centre.

In the page below you will find sections on:

  • Suggested cycle touring and cycling holiday hubs
  • Gentle / family bike rides
  • Circular cycle tours
  • Guide books and maps for cycle touring
  • Waymarked long-distance cycle routes
  • Mountain biking / off-road cycle routes
  • Cycle-friendly holiday accommodation
  • Cycling maps and guide books

Suggested cycle touring and cycling holiday hubs in the East Riding of Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Wolds

Here are three possible hubs:

  • Beverley, the county town of the East Riding of Yorkshire, yet a lovely, small market town with very good cycling links, including into the very centre of Hull.
  • Bridlington, with great beaches and entertainment, so a good place for families, with bike rides out into the Yorkshire Wolds. There is also a short but wonderfully scenic ride along the clifftops above the North Sands on a cyclepath ending at the lovely Sewerby Hall.
  • Hornsea, a quiet contrast to Bridlington with access to flat riding down towards Holderness and on the Hornsea Rail Trail into Hull which is also the eastern end of the Trans Pennine Trail. Behind a traditional seafront is a thriving main street and a lovely conservation area with tranquil parks. The town also houses Yorkshire’s largest freshwater lake in the shape of the wonderful Hornsea Mere.
Cycling along Bridlngton sea front
Cycling along Bridlngton sea front

Gentle / family bike rides in East Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Wolds

The Humber Bridge!

Bradwell’s Family Cycle Rides Yorkshire describes a 9 mile cycle route, graded Easy, starting on the shoreline of the Humber Estuary, circling a country park, then there and back again across the extraordinary Humber Bridge. Quite an adventure for a family (though only to be ridden when the weather is calm).

Guide book: Bradwell’s Family Cycle Rides Yorkshire

Hornsea to Hull on the Hornsea Rail Trail

Start on the sea front at the monument showing the end/start of the Trans Pennine Trail, and following the TPT signs. The Hornsea Rail Trail is a flat and well-maintained cycle/walking route.

You then have a choice of destinations. Cycle all the way to The Deep in Hull and you will have covered 15 flat miles (with 15 on the return route). Or stop part way, perhaps at New Ellerby after 6 miles, for refreshments at the pub before returning to the sea at Hornsea.

Maps: Yorkshire Wolds, York and The Humber Sustrans Cycle Map

Circular cycle tours in East Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Wolds

Hull and Hornsea Circular Route

39 miles on dedicated cycle/walking paths and country lanes

Use the Hornsea Rail Trail to cycle from Hornsea on the coast into Hull. Then out along NCN Route 66 to the village of Burstwick, before a return ride through country lanes to Hornsea. The Sustrans map for the area shows it well.

Cycling along the Humber estuary near The Deep in Hull
Cycling along the Humber estuary near The Deep in Hull

Map: Yorkshire Wolds, York and The Humber Sustrans Cycle Map

Berveley and the Newbalds

Another route from the Sustrans map, 24 miles from Beverley town centre out into the Yorkshire Wolds. Some good climbing here on country lanes.

Map: Yorkshire Wolds, York and The Humber Sustrans Cycle Map

Hornsea to Spurn Head Discovery Centre

57 miles on country lanes via Aldbrough and Withernsea, with a half-way point at the Discovery Centre for Spurn Head.

Return along the same route. Or use the National Byway map for a longer return via Sunk Island(!).

Map: National Byway Yorkshire

Bridlington and the Hunmanby Loop

31 miles from Bridlington along rolling country lanes.

Map: Yorkshire Wolds, York and The Humber Sustrans Cycle Map

Waymarked long-distance cycle routes in East Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Wolds

There are a surprising number of waymarked long-distance cycle routes in East Yorkshire. For example:

The Trans Pennine Trail

The Trans Pennine Trail is a major coast to coast route suitable for cyclists, horse riders and walkers. Starting in Southport in the west, it crosses northern England eventually arriving in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Crossing through Hull with its city attractions (such as The Deep aquarium and various museums), it heads for the sea along the flat Hornsea Rail Trail.

Map and guide book: Trans Pennine Trail East and the Trans Pennine Trail Guide Book.

The Way of the Roses

The Way of the Roses is a Sustrans coast to coast route from Lancashire’s Morecambe to Yorkshire’s Bridlington, via – of course – Lancaster and York, the red and the white roses.

It is a very popular and varied ride, 170 miles altogether.

Bridlington in the East Riding of Yorkshire
Bridlington beach

Map and guide book: Way of the Roses Sustrans Map and the Way of the Roses Cicerone Guide Book

Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route

The Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route is a 150-mile long circular route, including Bridlington, Driffield, Beverley, Pocklington, Kirkham, Malton and Hunmanby, passing through gorgeous countryside.

It is waymarked and shown on the Sustrans map.

Map: Yorkshire Wolds, York and The Humber Sustrans Cycle Map

The National Byway Yorkshire

The National Byway was organised some time ago now, the brown-signed cycle route designed to link heritage sites including ancient sites, castles, historic churches and stately homes.

The Yorkshire (and north Lincolnshire) branch of the National Byway arrives in the East Riding at the Humber Bridge, loops around Hull towards the coast at Hornsea, then heads north into North Yorkshire. There is also a loop to Bridlington.

The route uses quiet country lanes for the most part and here the East Riding is very flat.

Be aware that some of the brown National Byway signs are missing – but you can still use the map.

Map: National Byway Yorkshire

Mountain biking / off-road cycle routes in East Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Wolds

This section is still to be completed.

Cycle-friendly Holiday Accommodation in East Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Wolds

This section is still to be completed.

The maps and guide books for cycling in the East Riding of Yorkshire and Yorkshire Wolds