A Cycling Legacy


You may not have thought about Bradford as a cycling destination but you will do now! After the phenomenal reception that greeted the Tour De France Grand Depart in 2014, Bradford district was proud to have hosted stage three of the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire, which took place in May 2015.

The first two stages took in the fantastic east coast, Yorkshire Wolds and York, and then for the seriously challenging stage they headed to West Yorkshire. Here the route took in 6 categorised climbs, with two of the most challenging in Bradford district.

From Wakefield the riders made their way along the route until they reached Oxenhope and from there once again up the famous cobbled streets of Haworth, one of the most iconic images of the Tour. Stage three was definitely a stage for the serious climbers, especially once they reached the steep incline at Goose Eye. The twists and turns of this narrow hill was definitely a challenge.

The route then continued taking in the villages of Silsden and Addingham before entering Ilkley. Ilkley saw both a sprint along the iconic Grove before another challenging climb to the Cow and Calf.

Don’t worry if you aren’t keen on road cycling there are plenty of other routes off road suitable for all the family.

You can ride the Pennine Bridleway; which offers cyclists the opportunity to explore the Pennines' ancient packhorse routes and newly created bridleways. The Calder Aire Link provides a link from the St Ives Estate near Bingley to the Pennine Bridleway Mary Towneley Loop in Calderdale. For family friendly routes there is the Airedale Greenway connecting the towns along the Leeds Liverpool Canal. Or why not explore the Great Northern Railway Trail which takes in a number of attractions throughout Bradford district. The disused railway tracks are an excellent way to safely enjoy the countryside and see the natural beauty of the area. Check out our cycling page for more inspiration.

Alternatively you can just sit back and relax whilst the hard work is done for you by booking a mountain bike guided ride with MTB Cycle Yorkshire. They will plan the day for you so you can just enjoy your days exploring fabulous Yorkshire. Simply take advantage of their expert guide, and one thing is for sure, you will know you are in expert hands.

So, if you are looking to escape and take in the clear skies and inspiring views Bradford is the place to visit.