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Selby to York Racecourse Cycle Route

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Cycle Route Details
Route NameSelby to York Racecourse
Distance : miles (km)21.34  (34.34)
Posted Byjsanderson
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Cycle Route Location
Town/CityNorth Yorkshire
County/RegionNorth Yorkshire
Start LocationBank Road, Selby, North Yorkshire
End LocationYork Racecourse, York, North Yorkshire
Cycle Steps
The route is mainly on a cycle path (Route 65) although there is occasionally some on road, but these are relatively quiet roads. The route follows the A19 , but there is a cycle path separate from the road. I could only roughly mark on where the route goes when it doesn't follow roads, but once you're on the cycle path you can't really get lost
Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?
There are places to eat etc. but once you leave the town there are only 2 pubs/cafes until you reach York, where there are many.

Cycling Clubs located in this region
Skipton Cycling Club
Your comments?
posted by:kevinRating : difficult :
Myself and wife and son aged 8yrs did this ride last year.

For me and the wife it was a little tough on the bums at the end, our first time on a bike for years, Son did it very easy.

posted by:ladyakbRating : difficult :
Did this route last weekend as part of a slightly longer ride (York city centre to Selby and back) and overall we really enjoyed it - the core section is old railway line, off-street through beautiful countryside - with an extra dose of Science as you go past a scale model of our solar system! (NB. Pluto is up the wooded hill...)

From York Racecourse this type is well signposted, tarmacked etc. The paving is a bit bumpy in places owing to tree roots but wasn't bad overall. From Riccall south the route is mostly on road but (at least on a Friday night) they were very very quiet indeed, at least until you get closer to Selby. From the point where you rejoin the old rail line, it stops being paved and is quite bumpy; you have a choice to cycle on the pavement instead which was clearly a popular if not actually legal option. Closer into Selby it's just cycle lane on the main (busier) street, or literally going around the houses on some horrendously potholed streets.

If you're just after a nice low-stress ride (rather than to get to/from Selby) I'd suggest cutting out the Selby bit and doing Barlby to York - that would be perfectly suitable for families and less confident cyclists.

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