Cycling in East Yorkshire

The Way of the Roses, from Morecambe to Bridlington

Cycling in East Yorkshire

Looking for information about cycling in East Yorkshire? Cycling UK's guide to cycling in East Yorkshire gives you routes, events, clubs and advice to inspire you to cycle in the county.

East Yorkshire’s very different from the rugged West or North, or industrial South. Flat, quiet back roads wind through trim villages, some of which (Welton, the Newbalds, Huggate, Bishop Burton) outdo Sunday-ride Sussex for prettiness.

The Wolds – a compact area of modest hills, farms and villages north of Pocklington – are a favourite of local club runs; for visitors they’re an off-radar gem waiting to be explored, with the freewheel down the dramatic dry valley of Water Lane into Thixendale one of the county’s highlights.

The Way of Roses route, from Morecambe over in Lancashire to East Yorkshire’s chalky eastern coast, passes through the stately and beautiful market town of Beverley with its awesome Minster, ending at Bridlington’s bucket-and-spade beach and fine promenade. Carry on a little to Flamborough Head, with its mighty chalk cliffs that jut out into the North Sea, and you can see astounding seabird colonies – and scenery rivalling the Isle of Wight’s Needles.

On the southern boundary, the Transpennine Trail runs alongside the sprawling brown waters of the Humber Estuary, giving some fine views of the great icon of the region: the Humber Bridge. It’s the longest bridge in the world you can cycle across, with car-free paths on either side. 

Hull, the 2017 City of Culture, has long been a city of strong everyday-cycling culture too; routes to the docks (and ferry to Rotterdam and Bruges) have recently been upgraded. An unsurfaced railtrail up to the seaside town of Hornsea – the eastern end of the Transpennine Trail – is a fine family day trip, but the mildly adventurous with sturdy bikes can experience something unique in the UK by cycling down Spurn Head, a sandy spit little wider than a road, that snakes three miles out to sea. 

Cycling groups and clubs in East Yorkshire

East Yorkshire CTC

Hornsea Peloton (Hornsea)

Regular weekly evening and morning rides

Hull Thursday Road Club (Hull)

Founded in 1908; organises regular rides

Beech Holme Tandem Club (Hull)

Weekly rides that enable blind back riders to cycle with sighted front riders

ADPH Cycling (East Yorkshire)

Bridge Cycle Club (Hull)

Vermuyden Cycling Club (East Yorkshire)

City Road Club (Hull)

Runs rides, training and a junior cycling club

Cottingham Road Club (Cottingham)

Regular non-racing road rides starting from Hessle and Cottingham

What to take with you on your ride 

The only thing you really need for cycling is a bike. And maybe a phone, and credit card: in Britain you’re only a call away from any service you might need.

But unless money is no object, it’s wise to take a few things with you on a day ride. A saddlebag or rear rack and panniers are best for carrying stuff. A front basket is second best. A rucksack is third best. Your sweaty back will soon tell you why.

Cycling short distances in jeans and t-shirt is fine, but on a long or strenuous ride – over ten miles say, or in hills – those jeans will rub and the t-shirt will get damp and clingy. Shorts or, yes, lycra leggings and padded shorts will be much comfier, and merino or polyester cycling tops wick away the sweat, keeping you dry and comfy. (They don’t have to be lurid colours.)

If rain’s in the air, pack a rainproof top. If it might turn chilly, take a fleece or warm top. But the thing you’re most likely to forget is the sunblock. 

It’s remarkable how often you enjoy being out on the bike so much that you suddenly realise it’s getting dark. So take lights (which are legally required at night). They’re price of a sandwich, take no space, are easy to put on thanks to tool-free plastic clips, and the batteries last for ever.

Take a puncture repair kit (with tyre levers) and pump. Make sure it fits your valves, which will be either ‘Presta’ or ‘Schraeder’ – realising they don’t match is a very common roadside discovery! Carrying a spare inner tube (make sure it matches your tyre size) makes puncture repair much easier: mend the old one back at home. If you do get in trouble, some kindly passing cyclist will probably stop to help.

Using a helmet is a personal choice – they’re not legally required.

Cycling makes you thirsty, so take lots of water. Long-distance riders talk about ‘the bonk’ – a sudden loss of energy rendering you almost stationary. It’s miraculously and instantly cured by eating something sweet. On short rides you’re unlikely to run out of energy, but just in case, take a snack like flapjack, banana, chocolate or jelly babies. 

Taking a packed lunch or picnic will save you money, though that hot drink and cake in a cosy cafe could yet prove very tempting!

Your phone GPS could be invaluable for showing where you are when lost; you can download free detailed UK maps and GPS software before your trip. 

Paper maps are still useful, though, so take one: no power source or wifi signal required, and they’re great for suggesting possibilities or changes of plan.

What have we missed? Recommend your favourite routes using the comments box below. 

Cycling routes in East Yorkshire

Getting round Hull, Humber Bridge, rural rides

Cycle A-way’s list of routes, maps and resources for East Yorkshire

Journey Planner

Humber Bridge Cycle Route 

Big Skies Bike Rides Maps

East Yorkshire Cycling Maps

Cycling events in East Yorkshire

Bike the City of Culture (Hull)  throughout 2017

Hire bike for £5/day from station to explore hundreds of arts events

Check out our events calendar to find a ride that suits you

Make sure your bike is working
(from our partners, Halfords)

Creaking cranks, wobbly wheels or slipping saddles are the last thing you want, but Halfords' guide to basic bike maintenance will keep you rolling smoothly. Whether you’re a regular commuter, a leisurely weekend rider, or prefer to tear it up on a serious MTB trail, signs of wear and tear might keep you off the saddle from time to time. Whilst we can’t promise to banish those roadside mishaps, we can help keep your bike tip top with our top tips!

You’re heading out on your lovely bike, with a pannier packed with your essentials. A glorious route lies ahead, but then you run into a spot of bother! Most of the time there are handy hacks you can do to tide you over whilst out and about, and we’ve taken a look into the most common bike problems and solutions…

Clicking saddle? Check that the bolts connecting the saddle to the seat post are not loose. Tighten until the saddle is firmly secured using an allen key from your trusty toolbox!

Squealing brakes? This could be down to dirt or oil on the brake pads. Give it a quick wipe down, then when you get home take the brake pads off and readjust.

Squeaky derailleur? A little lube should help. Remove any excess.

Creaky pedals? Dry pedal bearings, loose crank arms or a worn bottom bracket could be the culprit. Once home, remove and lube the pedal bearings, tighten and lube the crank arms, or replace the bottom bracket if it’s still making a fuss.

Problem areas

Some of the problems you find with your bike might need a closer look, and here’s where we can help!

Wobbling disc rotors, spongy brakes and rattling bolts needn’t be as pesky as they sound for long enough to keep you off your bike! Call and see us with your two wheels at your local Halfords, or with any other bike bothers you might have.

From as little as £15 a year, Halfords will take the labour out of looking after your bike. Halfords offer a range of care packages, they provide free fitting on all parts and accessories bought from Halfords, and even include an annual service worth £50 as part of the plan!

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