The Yorkshire Dales has become a popular location for motorcyclists from all over the country. We have put together a quick guide to staying in and travelling around the Yorkshire Dales for those of you who would prefer to spend your trip on two wheels.
Loxley House in Hawes is a biker-friendly B&B that provides a large double garage to securely lock your bikes in overnight. As well as a toolbox full of equipment for you to use for any maintenance needs, the owner is an avid biker and can offer information on biker friendly cafes as well as the most beautiful routes for you to take.
Gale Green Cottage is situated in the perfect location for bikers. Positioned between Ingleton and Kirkby Lonsdale, the cottage is only a short ride away from Devil’s Bridge where bikers meet on a weekly basis. As the owners are ex-bikers, there are bike washing facilities as well as a secure parking area on site.
Stone House Hotel in Wensleydale offers a recently renovated barn which provides secure storage for motorbikes for all guests. Bike washing equipment, maintenance tools, lockers, and electricity are all available in the alarmed barn for use throughout the year. The owners have numerous connections with garages in the area, so you can rest assured knowing you and your bike will be looked after should anything happen during your rides.
The roads in the Dales catch people out every year. Roadwise provides a great resource of information including riding tips and spots which have seen a number of accidents. Please remember that the National Park is a tranquil area which many people visit for a bit of peace and quiet – noisy exhausts are a frequent source of complaint.
This account from Traffic Constable Jamie Lord was well received by motorcyclists (even very experienced motorcyclists), providing useful tips to help you get the most out of your ride and to keep everyone safe.