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Arriving in Ryedale with Bicycle
If you’re looking for a ‘centre’ of local cycling excellence to base your holiday around, then head for Malton, Pickering, Dalby Forest or Sutton Bank National Park Centre – all offering every imaginable facility (and indulgence!) for the best active holiday, and with direct access to miles of off and on road trails.
If you’re car-less and carefree, you might want to base yourself in Malton – both accessible by train, and connected by onward train journeys or cycle trails to a vast cycling landscape. From Pickering, you can also enjoy the added bonus of exploring the North York Moors National Park – right up to the coastal town of Whitby - by steam train! Cyclists are welcome on the train, but check first to make sure there’s room! There are several train stations along the 26-mile line - including the famous ‘Harry Potter’ station of Hogsmeade at Goathland - that lead directly up to the best moorland or coastal routes.
Alternatively, contact one of the many great local operators in the area who can provide complete cycling holidays, guided rides or route advice, social rides, skill courses – or simply bike hire delivered to your accommodation!
Ryedale is well served by road and rail. Trains operated by TransPennine Express call at Malton station. This service is able to carry bikes. If you are bringing your bike by train to Malton, please read the information below for services within the UK.
Please ensure that you have bike space reservations for your outward and return journeys where applicable. Reservations (free) are required on Virgin Trains East Coast, Cross Country and Grand Central services, which can generally carry 3 - 5 bikes each. Also fast Transpennine services each have two reservable bike spaces.
Cycle space can be reserved in advance, through Virgin Trains East Coast's cycling web page when buying tickets. For Grand Central trains, tel 0870 333 4910 for assistance.
Bike space and seat reservations can be made in person at principal stations up to 2-3 months before departure date.
On most Cross Country and Grand Central services to York, bikes are stowed on vertical hangers in a lobby area in each train. A cycle symbol is normally displayed by the nearest exterior door. Heavy touring luggage must please be removed so quick release panniers etc will help enormously.
Please help the train operators when departing from Malton, by advising platform staff of your intended service, and seek their advice as to where to position yourself plus bike for efficient boarding.
Vanuit Europa/Von Europa/De l'Europe
Eurostar - Bike space can be reserved on the same train that you travel on, for a £20 fee. In London, trains arrive at St. Pancras International station. This is directly adjacent to Kings Cross station, where trains depart to York and subsequent change in service to Malton.
North Yorkshire Moors Railway
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway allow bicycles onto the trains when there is room and charge £2.50 per bike. Routes from Newton Dale Halt – only accessibly by train.
Bringing Bikes by Ferry
P&O North Sea Ferries operate sailings from Rotterdam and Zeebrugge to Hull.
Bringing Bikes by Air
Manchester Airport has a direct rail service to Malton. 2 reservable bike spaces per train. Train information (Route 03 Manchester Airport - Malton).
For other regional airports, see our travel and transport page.