By Chris Smith

Monday 26th March 2018

Skipton, Yorkshire

The delightful market town of Skipton is located to the south of the Yorkshire Dales national park. Skipton overlooks Aire Gap which separates the Craven limestone dales to the north from the gritstone moors to the south and the pastoral Ribble Valley to the west thus allowing you the chance to explore all these different areas.The name Skipton means sheep-farm and a settlement here has been around sice 1086. 

Where to Ride?

We recomend following in the tyre tracks of the professionals. The Tour de Yorkshire, Tour of Britain and Tour de France have all visited the area in recent years and you are not short of routes! You can also ride the Etape du Dales route, a 110 mile loop and a real challenge! The riding near here is steep, but the hills are not particularly long. 

Where to Stay?

Located just out of town, with a great local pub in walking distance, the Hotel Rendezvous is a great quality three star hotel and has excellent bike facilites including a secure lock up drying facilities and an accident call out system. 

Where to Eat?

Continuing the France-meets-Yorkshire theme, our pick of the restaurants is Le Caveau. English and French food is served in a 16th-century cellar with beams, stone walls and vaulted ceiling. If you want something more casual (and with 8 real ale pumps) try The Narrow Boat.

What to do, other than ride?

Other than cycling, there is a market, Skipton Castle, a nice high street and a collection of churches and museums to explore. 

What Climb not to miss?

Don't miss following the route of the Tour de France's 2014 visit to Britain by riding over Buttertubs Pass or up the viciously steep Fleet Moss.

What you didn't know about Skipton?

On 5th July 2014, the Tour de France stage from Leeds to Harrogate passed through the town.

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