Yorkshire Dales May 2014

Yorkshire Dales

On the first Bank Holiday weekend in May 2014 we’re planning a long weekend of cycling in the Yorkshire Dales. There will no doubt be cake and the odd beer involved at some point. Oh and scenery, lots of scenery. This is James Herriot country after all.

We have currently reserved all the accommodation (14 beds) at the Dales Bike Centre in Fremington. However, we must act quickly to secure our booking therefore a deposit of £42 per person is required by the 14th September. See the payment tab for details of how to pay.

If you’d like more information please contact organiser, Dave Smith, on 07778 614597 or by email.

As ever with our tours and events, these things are oganised on a best endeavours basis. We are not a travel agent or holiday company but we will do our very best to ensure you have a great time.

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The accommodation at Dales Bike Centre is reserved from May 2nd to May 4th.

You must be a CTC member to attend this event.

Dales Bike Centre Accommodation will be at the Dales Bike Centre.

This is bunk house accommodation at £28 per person per night including breakfast (see their website for full details of the accommodation and breakfast).

Here’s how The Guardian’s Travel section described in their article, Ten of the Best Budget Stays in the Yorkshire Moors and Dales:

Long may you wonder at the names of the bunk rooms at Dales Bike Centre in deepest Swaledale – “Booze” and “Crackpot” among them. But keen mountain-bikers know them as local villages, as you’ll doubtless be told in the funky little cafe at the heart of the operation. There are also serious cycle facilities on site (bike shop, rental and guided tours, lock-up, repairs and bike wash), while the accommodation sits above both cafe and bike shop in the two adjacent, stone-built dales barn buildings. Small bunk rooms in pine, cream and peppermint share high-quality, modern showers and toilets, and the above-cafe rooms also have a walk-in kitchenette. Everyone gets after-hours access to the cafe where there’s free Wi-Fi and “24hr-cake”. Breakfast is cereal and a bacon sandwich or scrambled eggs, after which you’re set up for a day’s biking on Swaledale’s old lead-mining trails and grouse-beater tracks. No question, the centre is aimed squarely at bikers (and a few coast-to-coast hikers), but for a “bunk and breakfast” with a touch of class, this place can’t be beaten.

Camping is also available at the Orchard Caravan Park around 1km away. They don’t have a website but reviews on TripAdvisor and UK Campsite are very favourable.

There is a good pub in the village and several others around 1.5km away.

As we’ll be staying in one place the easiest option is for everyone to make their own way there either by car or train. I’m sure car-sharing can be arranged at a later date.

EastCoast trains from Peterborough to Darlington are fairly regular and it’s less than 25 miles from Darlington to the Dales Bike Centre.

A range of routes are possible, for example, westward into the Dales to Tan Hill (the highest pub in England) and beyond or more easily into the lower Dales to Richmond, Leyburn, Masham, Ripon etc. Rides might be a little challenging but they shouldn’t see you resorting to Shanks’ Pony. Besides the scenery should make up for everything.
If you want to reserve a place for this weekend please organise a bank transfer of £42 per person to the account details below:

Account name: D Smith
Account number: 10726968
Sort code: 77-15-19

Please provide your surname + CTC14 as the reference, e.g. ThompsonCTC14