York Cycle Rally and Anerley Cycle Tour of the Yorkshire Dales

(Friday 17th June – Thursday 23rd June)

Are you up for a Cycle Tour in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales taking in a weekend at the famous York Cycle Rally?
If so let me know if you are interested by 7th March so I can get a WhatsApp group together to refine the details and book the accommodation.

York Cycle Rally

For years I’ve heard about the York Cycle Rally and fancied going. The York Rally, was founded in 1945 and is famous as the UK’s historic gathering for cycle tourers, grass-roots racers, vintage cycle experts and more! It’s run by volunteers. There is a programme of rides (for all levels), grass track racing, talks, cycle auctions, music & quizzes.

Rides range from family friendly pootles to evening pub rides to all-day adventures into the Yorkshire Moors and Dales.

It takes place on the York race course. Most people camp to enjoy the full atmosphere but there is plenty of accommodation in nearby York if preferred.

For more details see: The friendly cycling get-together on York’s Knavesmire


I’ve put a provisional plan together below. Once I know who is interested and how many people want to come, we can discuss the accommodation options and then we can start booking. I’d like to do that in the first couple of weeks of March.

The idea would be to drive up to York, attend the York Rally weekend, do a 4 day tour around the Yorkshire Dales, returning to York and driving home. It assumes camping but it may be possible to book other accommodation nearby for those who don’t want to camp or do a mixture (E.g. camping at the Rally but then using accommodation during the tour to avoid carrying camping equipment).

DayDateProvisional Itinerary
Friday17th JuneTravel to York race course, set up camp Gates open 4pm Catering and bar open 4pm Evening quiz: 7:30pm Evening rides  
Saturday18th JuneYork Rally Throughout the day: rides for all abilities, catering and bar, trade show and cycle displays Morning: children’s activitieslive music Afternoon: BSCA championship on the arena, cycle auctiontalks, all-comers parade on the arena Evening: More talks, live music, food and good company  
Sunday19th JuneYork Rally Throughout the day: rides for all abilities, catering and bar, trade show and cycle displays Morning: Church service ridechildren’s activities open, Saddlebag Sale Afternoon: Cyclo-cross racing for all ages, talks Close: Event closes at 4:30 pm (although some campers and volunteers stay on site until Monday)  
Monday20th JunePark cars somewhere where they can be left for a few days. 48 mile ride from York through Harrogate & Ilkley to camp at Catgill Farm near Bolton Abbey, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park
Tuesday21st June38 mile ride through the Yorkshire Dales, through Settle and then following the famous Settle to Carlisle Railway & the River Ribble through Horton in Ribblesdale to camp at Philpin Farm. Should get a view of the Ribblehead Viaduct.
Wednesday22nd June46 mile ride over Snaizeholme Fell to Hawes and then down the eastern side of the park to camp at Sleningford Mill Campsite
Thursday23rd June35 mile ride through Ripon and back to York. Travel home.

Please let me know if you are interested by the 7h March! Thanks

Tim Styles.