Cycling on a Train Track

Spend a day enjoying the local country side on your bike

Cycling is really popular around the Dales, I think probably more so after the Tour de Yorkshire finished ones of the stages in Settle a couple of years ago.  The surrounding area looked stunning as the helicopter flew over the cyclists in the event.  Every day I see individuals and groups of cyclists riding through Rathmell on their journeys to wherever they are going to or coming from.

If you’re interested in cycling with your family (whilst staying at Layhead of course), there is a fabulous family friendly route on the way to Lancaster, perfect for young cyclists and anyone who likes riding at a leisurely pace in a safe environment.

The Bull Beck to Lancaster route follows an old train line which closed in 1930 and is now really popular with walkers, joggers and cyclists alike.

Bull Beck picnic site is the perfect starting place for your cycling adventure.  Take some change as I think it is a pay and display car.  There are toilets and snack bar at the site too. CLICK HERE for information about how to get to Bull Beck

Once everyone is set up to go, cross the road at the entrance to Bull Beck.  This is a busy road so take extra care when crossing with children. This will take you onto the cycle/walking route, and head left towards Lancaster.  The children will love cycling over the river bridge and there are plenty of places you can stop to have a drink and snack from your pack-up with the little ones.

The route will take you through to Glasson Dock,  a quiet village and marina.

If you fancy doing the entire route, it is approximately 12.5 miles return.

If you are inspired to try a different cycling route around the same area, CLICK HERE for a downloadable brochure


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