Self-guided e-bike adventure

Discover some of the best roads and scenery in the Yorkshire Dales on an e-bike. Using a ‘pedal assist’ bike you will be easily able to ride up some of the classic hills and visit countless wonderful places in the area including Malham Cove, Wharfedale and Littondale. This three-day package, ideal as a weekend break, provides you with bikes and comprehensive route guides to allow you to explore quiet roads and picturesque towns and villages at your own pace.

Day 1
Operated in conjunction with our partner Yorkshire Velo Tours, this break starts with guests arriving in Skipton in the afternoon, checking in to the hotel and enjoying an afternoon and evening in the historic market town.
Dinner in the restaurant overlooking the canal.

Day 2
A member of the Yorkshire Velo Tours team will meet you and get you set up for riding. Set up e-bikes and ensure you are confident in riding and operating the controls.

Ride: Malham, Pen-y-Ghent and Littondale
Within a few miles of Skipton you pass through Rylstone, home of the ‘Calendar Girls’. You’re then on beautiful narrow roads flanked by miles of dry stone walls. Stop for a coffee if you wish at the award winning Town End Farm shop in Airton, featured on a BBC series in 2018. The iconic Malham Cove looms ahead with its imposing wall of limestone. With aid of the e-bike, you will be able to cycle up the ‘Cove Road’ (pic) and marvel at the limestone pavements on the top of Malham Moor. Cycle over the barren moorland past Pen-y-Ghent to your left before glimpsing Littondale ahead of you, this is one of the most breathtaking views in the Dales! Cycle down the untouched valley of Littondale, then onto Wharfedale and return to Skipton.

Dinner at the hotel.
Enjoy a relaxing stroll along the canal into Skipton for a drink at one of Skipton’s many pubs and bars.

Day 3
The e-bikes will be stored at the hotel overnight and ready to go again (after a night’s charge)

Ride: A day in Wharfedale
There’s so much to do and see in Wharfedale and today is a tour of the best places in the valley. Not long after leaving Skipton you arrive at the 12th Century Augustine Monastery of Bolton Abbey, set right by the River Wharfe. Close by is the famous ‘Strid’ section of the river just up from the Cavendish Pavillion and cafe. You then gradually work your way up the valley passing through Appletreewick, Burnsall, Grassington and onto Buckden. The road then kicks up and you get to the source of the river and a picturesque narrow valley, perfect for a picnic. In the afternoon trace back down the valley on the opposite side of the river and make sure you stop at one of the many cafes for a pot of tea and homemade cakes.

Dinner at the hotel.

Day 4
Morning check out, but stay around Skipton as long as you can, maybe visit the historic Castle.

What’s included

  • 2 days e-bike hire, state of the art Raleigh electric bikes. All hire bikes include a pump, helmet, saddle bag and repair kit
  • 3 nights’ Dinner, Bed at Breakfast staying at the Rendezvous Hotel in Skipton
  • Full use of hotel facilities, including gym, swimming pool and sauna
  • Meet a member of the Yorkshire Velo Tours team on day 2, full briefing on the routes and options to shorten (or lengthen) the rides.
  • GPS route using the Mapmyride app so you can follow the route on your smartphone.
  • Recommendations of cafes to stop at during your rides
  • Contact YVT at any time for advice or guidance
  • Weatherproof map and route guides
  • Quality YVT drink bottle
  • Emergency pick-up if required (additional cost)


Prices start from £329pp based on 2 sharing; £25per night single room supplement


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