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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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 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal — why not already stop for a coffee in the courtyard and even do a tour of the house?
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 the hit-list of any rider in the Dales, its international claim to fame includes being part of the 2014 Tour de France.
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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 …