Great Climbs – Church Bank

As a cycling venue Yorkshire is hard to beat; whilst it may not have the endlessly long climbs of the Alps and elsewhere, it does have a plethora of savagely steep climbs

Cycling Nidderdale

Ssh…don’t tell anyone about this place. It’s a real gem and a secret cycling centre of excellence – Nidderdale. With the long and winding ascent – or descent – of Greenhow Hill, coupled with Lofthouse Bank, it has climbs to match anywhere

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Grantley Hall Cycling Routes

Cycling routes from Grantley Hall

Grantley Hall is based within some of the most spectacular and beautiful countryside in the U.K. and has a wealth of great cycling routes from the door. On both road and mountain bike, there is so much to explore and see.

We’ve put together a few routes for you to make the most of your day on the bike, with breathtaking scenery, lots of history and some useful stops for  cake too 😉

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Grantley to Greenhow Hill

A world class ride that takes in the famous Greenhow Hill and other classic steep Yorkshire road climbs in beautiful Nidderdale

Grantley and rolling lanes to Ripon

Ride the  quiet rolling lanes on the edges of the Dales, with a stop at Ripon to see the Cathedral  and Fountains Abbey

Grantley and the Vale

Ride along easy lanes that skirt the Vale of  York, through scenic villages to historic Boroughbridge before heading back

Grantley in the Dales

It’s time to head into the Yorkshire Dales National Park, on this ride that explores hidden gems to give you the most scenic of rides

Col Du Dallowgill

Col du Dallowgill

Route Information

Stats: 32 miles and  2300 feet of ascent

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Fountains Abbey visitor centre is ideal, and has a great restaurant for post ride meals and snacks.


This route takes in the winding lanes on the dge of the Dales to hidden places with superb climbing.


  1. Head out of Fountains, down through the Deer Park and to the main Pateley Bridge Road. Turn right towards Ripon and then turn left after 300 metres, towards Galthay.
  2. Go past the Inn and down to the T junction. Turn left and ride the rolling climbs to High Grantley.Just before the village,take the road to the right towards Skelding. Follow this winding lane to the T junction on the moors road.
  3. Turn right on this road towards Laverton and Dallowgill. Ride over the cattle grid and after the tight and narrow twisting lane take the minor road on the left signed to Dallowgill.
  4. Twist and climb this awesome country lane, as it guides you to the Col at Dallowgill, with spectacular views.
  5. Follow the long and rolling road, with testing climbs to the edge of Kirkby Malzeard. Ride the short Laverton Loop  before crossing the junction in Kirkby Malzeard and riding to Grewelthorpe.
  6. At Grewelthorpe take the road towards Ripon for 1 mile before turning left and descending Mickley Bank.
  7. After the village of Mickley, climb up and turn right onto the narrow lane. At its end turn left and shortly afterwards turn right onto a lane that brings you to the Ripon Road.
  8. Turn left and ride into Ripon and back to Fountains Abbey.

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