Malham via Burnsall, Cracoe and Halton Gill from Grassington

Malham via Burnsall, Cracoe and Halton Gill from Grassington

Circular Road Cycling Route

Cycling through the counties and areas of North Yorkshire and Yorkshire Dales.

40 miles 3300 ft Circular route
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The cycle route passes through the settlements of Grassington (start, North Yorkshire), Hebden (North Yorkshire), Burnsall (North Yorkshire), Cracoe (North Yorkshire), Hetton (North Yorkshire), Airton (North Yorkshire), Malham (North Yorkshire), Halton Gill (North Yorkshire), Litton (North Yorkshire), Conistone (North Yorkshire), Grassington (finish, North Yorkshire)
North Yorkshire Yorkshire Dales

Circular cycle route

A 40 mile scenic circular road cycling route through the Yorkshire Dales National Park, starting from the picturesque and popular North Yorkshire village of Grassington.

First we head south through Hebden and onto the quaint riverside village of Burnsall with the fantastic Riverbank Burnsall cafe and it’s limestone-built houses.

Next it’s west through Cracoe and onto the small hamlet of Airton where you’ll find the most excellent Tower End Farm Shop and Tea Room. Continue heading north through the very busy village of Malham, home to the world famous Malham Cove, a large curved 260ft limestone formation formed over 12,000 years ago. We’d highly recommend coming back here and walking the popular but must-do walk of Malham Cove, via Gordale Scar and Janet’s Foss.

Next comes the climbing, heading up to Malham Tarn before another short descent and ascent up to Halton Gill. It’s then heading back south downhill into Conistone, following the River Wharfe back to Grassington.

As for parking, we’d recommend starting the circular route at the Yorkshire Dales National Park car park in Grassington. Once you’ve finished you’ll find plenty of cafes and pubs here, including the excellent Retreat tea room.

Note: Although the ride is mainly on quiet roads for almost all of the route, do be careful around the village of Malham as it’s gets very busy here with walkers.

Cycle friendly cafes en route or just a short detour away