With Team GB’s success at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2014 Tour de France starting in Yorkshire, cycling has never been more popular in the Dales.

With 20,000 acres of farmland and moorland, the Swinton Estate provides a wonderful base for a cycling trip, whether for a day, weekend or a short break. It offers a variety of inclines and terrain, from steep moorland tracks to winding country lanes, all with incredible views across rolling countryside into the Dales. Part of the first section of the 2014 Tour de France route, between Hawes and Ripon, runs through the Swinton Estate, so you can try out the professional route for yourself – be warned, there are some major hills to climb!

Swinton Park is at the heart of the Swinton Estate, so an ideal base for both gentle afternoons of exploration or more testing cycling challenges. Both mountain bikes and electric bikes are available for hire and rucksack picnics can made to order for you to enjoy along the way. Best of all, you can look forward to the creature comforts of a luxury hotel on your return, where you can indulge in a well earned afternoon tea or relaxing spa treatment before dinner.

Suggested routes are:

Tour de France 2014 Grand Départ stages
Moorland Trails
Swinton Park to The Bivouac and return
Parkland routes

Maps for cycle routes on the Estate are available from Reception.

Swinton Bivouac, a luxury camping destination on the Swinton Estate, has a stylish but informal café bistro that provides an ideal stopping place during a cycle tour, whether for a coffee & cake or a light lunch.

Electric Bikes

For something new, or for those worried their energy levels might need an extra boost, we also have two electric bikes (1 x men’s and 1 x women’s) by Giant. These bikes have three power levels, so you can set them to give you greater or lesser assistance as you prefer. A full battery will last approximately 40 miles/4 hours giving you plenty of scope to explore, but should you need to re-charge the battery, this can be done by connecting to a standard electrical plug socket.

Bike Hire Charges:
Mountain bikes: hire of £10 half day and £15 full day
Electric bikes: hire of £15 half day and £25 per day


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