There are great opportunities to explore the Yorkshire Dales by bike, both on its network of minor roads and, for mountain bikers, on the byways, bridleways and 'green lanes' that criss cross it.
Cycling is a lovely way to discover the area either as part of a visit or a touring holiday.
You get to see more and feel more in touch with the countryside around you, and you can be fully justified in stopping for a slab of cake or a pint of locally-brewed beer.
What's more you will be helping to protect this wonderful area by moving around in a sustainable way.
The hill and moorland scenery is what attracts most people to the Dales so it is not surprising that the cycling is not always flat. Any effort in climbing hills is always rewarded with fantastic views of the landscape and if you need to walk that's no problem - just take your time and enjoy the wonderful surroundings.
On the road
Opportunities for road cyclists range from short routes along the valley bottoms, which are suitable for most families with some cycling experience, to the 210 km (130 mile) Yorkshire Dales Cycle Way, which will challenge even the most hardened rider.
For the experienced road cyclist, the Dales offers a brilliant choice of routes for a day's cycle. You can base yourself in one of the main villages and pick off a few routes over a weekend. Grassington and Settle are easily accessible from the south, while Hawes or Reeth will take you to the heart of the northern Dales.
For more information on road cycling see the Cycle the Dales website.
The Dales are known as one of the UK's finest adventurous mountain biking areas. There are over 800km (500 miles) of bridleways, byways and green lanes to explore, often taking you up into remote moorland. Tough climbs and technical descents, all in remote, unspoilt countryside.
Many trails have a history as well as being great fun to ride - a mixture of Roman roads, monastic highways, mining tracks and ancient driving routes. Most are on gradients that keep you in the saddle rather than off and pushing!
For information and mountain bike routes see the MTB the Dales pages.