17: Get on your bike and explore

Although the Tour de France did not pass through the East Riding, it has created a cycling buzz around the whole of Yorkshire.

Although the Tour de France did not pass through the East Riding, it has created a cycling buzz around the whole of Yorkshire.

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With the success of Britain’s top stars at the Olympics and the arrival of the Tour de France in Yorkshire earlier this year, cycling really is a sport on the up.

The Men’s Elite National Cycle Circuit Championships are held in Beverley in July every year and attract big crowds in the town centre.

There are promises of more big events to pass through the county in the next few years, but if you would rather get on your bike, than watch the professionals, there are lots of competitive and non-competitive cycle rides that take place throughout the each year.

Cycling gives you the freedom to explore and to really enjoy this hidden corner of England at your own pace, away from the small market towns and scattered villages.

However, if you would like a structured route to follow, Visit Hull and East Yorkshire have devised a series of nine rides to follow.

They include The Great Wold Valley, a 21-mile trip from Hunmanby which takes in Octon, Thwing and Burton Fleming.

The Millington Pastures and Warter route visits Huggate, one of the Wolds’ highest villages, and Nunburnholme.

Another option is the 17-mile journey from Sledmere which offers great views of the Vale of York as it passes through East and West Lutton and Duggleby.

Explore the Beverley area by setting off from the Minster and heading out to Walkington and North Newbald, or alternatively rack up 20 miles on the route around Market Weighton, South Dalton, Lockington and Lund.

For a coastal ride, another of the Big Skies routes takes in Bridlington seafront, Sewerby Hall and Bempton Cliffs, before going out to Rudston.

If you are a beginner, there are leaflets available for a selection of East Riding towns with six routes, ranging from easy four-mile trips on flat terrain to more challenging suggestions which are more of a marathon.

So what are you waiting for...get on your bike.