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A 3-day micro adventure in the Yorkshire Dales

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A 3-day micro adventure in the Yorkshire Dales

Bike Touring Collection by pannier



2-6 h

/ day

124 mi

8,225 ft

8,250 ft

There’s something about an adventure that brings a great sense of absolute freedom. It's an age-old game between people and the great outdoors; setting us loose from the chains of our daily lives to have our primal instincts tested by Mother Nature.

It wasn’t that long ago after all that ‘adventure’ was a consistent occurrence. In our daily dance for survival, it may not have been something many actively sought out—but it was an integral part of the human experience for hundreds of thousands of years.

This micro-adventure takes you through the southern part of the Yorkshire Dales. Over two and a half days, you'll experience this cherished part of the British countryside. You'll take in some vastly changing scenery as you pass everything from sprawling, affluent estates, to barren, bleak highlands. And you'll experience a winding journey that compliments the contrast in nature this far north.

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A 3-day micro adventure in the Yorkshire Dales

124 mi

8,225 ft

8,225 ft

Last updated: September 27, 2023

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    Day 1: Harrogate to Tan Hill — Pannier x komoot in the Yorkshire Dales

    59.2 mi
    9.4 mph
    3,875 ft
    2,525 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This 2.5 day microadventure begins in the regal spa town of Harrogate on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Navigating its suburbs is relatively painless and within 15 minutes of riding you are already in the countryside, surrounded by farmland and expansive estates.


    One of those estates is


  2. 04:52
    44.2 mi
    9.1 mph
    3,300 ft
    4,250 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    After a big breakfast in the Tan Hill Inn, you’ll feel energized enough to ride Buttertubs Pass, a road that links to Hawes on the other side of the mountains. Buttertubs got its name from locals who would lower their butter tubs into its potholes in summer to prevent the butter from melting. High on


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  4. 02:04
    20.9 mi
    10.2 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,475 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The final day of this microadventure is a short 'get me home' ride leading you back to Harrogate. Once more, you’ll cycle through the stunning landscape of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.


    Passing by churches and abbeys and stunning relicts of times you only read about in history books, you enjoy your



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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    124 mi
  • Duration
    13:12 h
  • Elevation
    8,225 ft8,250 ft

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