A hotel with a prime position near the Settle stage finish of the Tour de Yorkshire is making it easier for guests to bring their bikes on holiday.
As excitement mounts for the prestigious cycle race coming to town, Falcon Manor has unveiled investment in new secure cycle storage facilities.
Carol Sleet, operations director of James’ Places – the group which owns the Grade II listed hotel which the cyclists will race past twice on April 29 when the Tour de Yorkshire finishes in Settle – said: “We have installed purpose-built, locked and secure, on-site cycle storage at the Falcon Manor to cater for our growing number of guests who like to explore the area on two wheels during their break.”
The Grand Depart of the Tour de France in 2014 now followed by the Tour de Yorkshire has put the Yorkshire Dales firmly on the radar for cyclists of all abilities. Last year the Tour of Britain also passed within a few miles of the market town utilising country lanes within easy pedalling distance of Falcon Manor.
Carol added: “All too often, bike tourists are limited in their accommodation choices by storage facilities. We want our visitors to be able to fully relax after a day in the saddle, knowing that their much-loved bike is safely locked away.”
Cyclists are spoilt for choice visiting Settle. Roadies have the pick of routes incorporating part of the Grand Depart; iconic climbs tackled by the Tour de France are on the doorstep. A short train ride a few stops along the well-known Settle-Carlisle railway line also opens up a wealth of options for a two-wheeled adventure.
Meanwhile mountain bikers can access the thrills of the purpose-built and forest trails in nearby Gisburn Forest or bag sections of the Pennine Bridleway with the Settle Loop a particular favourite locally.
Carol said: “Settle is a dream base for cyclists of all types and with plenty going on for non-riders too it ticks all the boxes for a short break. The local tourist information office are enthusiastic and knowledgeable about Settle’s fast-growing cycling heritage and have plenty of ideas and information for making the most of a biking break.”