The day before the excitement of the Tour de Yorkshire we are launching a more relaxed series of bicycle rides round God’s own country.
The launch ride of the Slow Tour of Yorkshire and The Humber will leave on Thursday 30 April from York Racecourse, close to where the GB Cycling team rides the actual 174km Tour de Yorkshire route between Selby and York. But the non-competitive alternative route highlights that there are many easier cycling routes which everyone can try out two wheels.
The Slow Tour has 21 routes aimed at all abilities. In the spirit of slow tourism it encourages riders to take their time to admire Yorkshire’s fantastic scenery and stop off at many of its attractions and eateries.
None of the rides are more than 20 miles, there are few daunting hills and many of the routes are on picturesque off-road greenways.
The Slow Tour, which was compiled with the help of Sustrans volunteers and funded by public health teams across Yorkshire, leads cyclists to some of Yorkshire’s classic sights, from spectacular Bolton Abbey, to the World Heritage Site of Saltaire, Beningbrough Hall, Conisborough Castle and the striking Humber Bridge.
It travels along leafy former railway lines, tranquil canal towpaths, along the coast, through the Dales, past some great outdoor sculptures and even along the Roman road Woldgate that inspired David Hockney’s painting of the same name.
There are tips from hungry cyclists about good pubs, eateries, picnic spots and venues for ice cream, and suggestions for attractions like nature reserves, museums, vineyards or adventure playgrounds.
Yorkshire now has over 1000 miles of cycleway, which are part of the National Cycle Network.
‘Slow Tourers’ can do as many routes as they like at whatever pace they like and tweet about their adventures on #slowtouryorks.
Sheridan Piggott of Sustrans said:
“We want to show people that you don’t have to be an elite cyclist to enjoy Yorkshire’s countryside by bike. The county has some of the best cycling routes in Britain and many of them are traffic-free. The Slow Tour offers a cycle route for every ability, so it’s a great chance to explore Yorkshire at your own pace.”