After a long day’s cycling in the Yorkshire Dales, you’ll need somewhere comfortable to rest up.
Skipton has a selection of fabulous hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs, some of which are geared right up for cyclists.
There can be few hotels in the country with their own cycling charter, – the Rendezvous, overlooking the Leeds & Liverpool Canal around a mile outside of Skipton, is one of them. The charter outlines all the ways the hotel makes things easier for cyclists to visit, from the way they are treated when they make an enquiry, to the moment they leave the property.
A number of packages are available for cyclists at the family-run hotel. These include dinner, bed and breakfast, energy gels for the road, packed lunches, secure bike storage, route cards and maps, and a recovery service for any potential blips.
While the roads around the hotel, Skipton and the wider Craven area are perfect for road cyclists – it’s why the Tour de Yorkshire regularly comes through the town after all – the Rendezvous also welcomes mountain bikers. The Yorkshire Dales are prime mountain biking country with more than 1,000 miles of bridleways, byways and green lanes to explore, all in remote, unspoilt countryside.
Back in the hotel itself, there’s a conservatory restaurant with canal views (make sure to book early for a window seat), as well as a leisure club with a pool, steam rooms and saunas, perfect for relaxing after a long day in the saddle.
The Unicorn Hotel is a landmark building in Skipton having traded as a hotel for more than 100 years. Now falling somewhere between a classic hotel and a B&B, it has fabulous, boutique-style rooms and offers a hearty breakfast that gets rave online reviews – perfect for fuelling a day on the road or trail. For that extra touch of luxury, they offer superior rooms with a king-size bed, deluxe furnishings and a small sitting area.
For those travelling by car for the first part of their journey, there’s free parking, while biking facilities include storage in a secure gated area behind the hotel. Most rooms are also large enough for guests to store their bikes by their beds. The hotel just asks that they are kept off the carpets.
A five-minute stroll down the towpath of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal from Skipton town centre, Herriots offers a warm welcome thanks to a bar with a roaring fire, home-baked biscuits for guests on arrival, and great food at the on-site Rhubarb Restaurant.
Set in a Grade II-listed Victorian-era building, the hotel’s design mixes contemporary and traditional elements in its 25 comfortable rooms that come with Ebony London Collection toiletries and fluffy white towels. If you’re travelling with the family pooch, some of the rooms are dog-friendly for a small charge.
Cyclists are offered free bike storage and maps of the Grand Depart 2014 enabling them to create their very own Tour de Yorkshire.
This homely B&B is centrally located with free on-site parking, something of a rarity in Skipton town centre. All rooms have en suite bathrooms and there’s free Wi-Fi throughout so you’ll always be connected. The free bottle of wine left in every room is a lovely touch and indicative of the warm welcome offered to guests.
Cyclists will find a lockable garage for storing bikes. There’s also a jet wash, a repair stand, a tool kit and a track pump on hand to cover all eventualities.
This dog- and bike-friendly cottage for two people right next to Skipton’s iconic castle is a real cosy affair thanks to its wood-burning stove. Recently renovated, it features Sky TV and free Wi-Fi, while the owners offer mountain or road bike hire.
Other cycling facilities include secure storage for those bringing their own bike. A Shepherd’s Hut in the garden, also with a wood-burner, means there’s space for groups too.
The Railway in Skipton has been recently refurbished and transformed into a bar, eatery and Bed & Breakfast and offers secure storage for 2 bicycles for their Bed & Breakfast guests.
With 6 en suite bedrooms, they are excellently located for visitors to Skipton, just a short walk from the Railway Station, main Bus Station and centre of town.
The bar serves a range of cask ales, draught beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks and receives consistent 5 star reviews. From traditional pub grub to some modern specials, there’s plenty to choose from and they serve a proper Sunday Roast every Sunday.