Exploration from Tadcaster

Here are walking, running and cycling routes that are centred on Tadcaster. Or, in the case of walking and running, routes that are accessible by bus and train from Tadcaster.

The routes have outline maps and descriptions. On the journey, to be certain of the route, you will usually need an Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 map. Originally I used to draw the maps by hand, but nowadays there are several options for publishing route maps on the internet. Some of these can be used these to generate your own ideas for routes.

Most walking routes can be used for running, though personally I prefer a mixture of walking and running. This lets me spend time enjoying the countryside as well as covering a lot of ground. It is rather like yomping, but without the kit and I don't feel guilty when I pop in a pub for lunch.

When cycling I do as much off-road or quiet road cycling as the route allows. I try to return a different way from the outward route. For simplicity's sake I show the routes starting from Cyclesense, as there is a convenient car park behind. In practice though, I start from home. I ride a hard-tail mountain bike with city road tyres - thin and no knobbles. As a result, riding is a lot easier than with normal knobbly MB tyres. Certainly, except for winter and really wet weather, these tyres are more than suitable for nearly all the off-road tracks I describe.

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    The Routes :

  • Circular routes around Tadcaster.
    • Aberford Loop. An interesting route, about 24 kms, Aberford, Lotherton Hall, Lead Church.
    • Toulston, Newton Kyme loop
  • Routes using a bus from or to Tadcaster
    • Otley to Harwood. (Bus 923). About 10 miles.
    • Tadcaster to the North (Coastliner). 16 miles.
    • Harwood to Wetherby (Bus 923). About 10 miles.
    • Cross Gates to Tadcaster via Aberford. (Coastliner)
    • The Mills of Cock Beck (Coastliner)
    • The Dykes of Aberford (Coastliner)
    • Kettlewell and Great Whernside. (Dalesbus 800, Summer Sundays only.) 10 miles and hills
    • Thornton Dale to Scarborough (Coastliner) 22 miles and hills.
    • Goathland to Whitby via Grosmont (Coastliner) 10 miles, downhill
    • Sherburn in Elmet to Tadcaster (Bus ?)
  • Hill walking routes using a bus and train from Tadcaster
    • Ingleborough. From Ribblehead to Clapham over Ingleborough summit - 10 miles.
    • South Pennines. Todmorden to Marsden mostly along the Pennine Way - 15 miles.
    • Marsden to Hadfield - mostly along the Pennine Way - 14.5 miles. [In preparation]
    • Consett to Durham 12 miles, downhill
    • Leeds to Shipley along the Leeds Liverpool Canal --- 12 miles
  • Cycle routes from Tadcaster
    • Harrogate and Knaresborough loop - nearly 40 miles. Sustrans Map
    • Tadcaster, Wetherby, Whixley, Aldwark, York loop - nearly 50 miles.
    • Myton Bridge, and back through to York -- 55 miles.
    • Armscliff Crag
    • The A1 to Cridling Stubbs and back -- 45 miles.
    • Spurn Point via Beverley -- 145 miles, 3 days.
    • Liverpool - Trans-Pennine trail and Leeds Liverpool Canal -- 250 miles, 5 days.
  • Cycle routes using the train
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