It’s not just the Tour de Yorkshire that made Masham the place to explore on two wheels, our locals have been loving the terrain for years and here’s why…

The scenery around Masham is quite frankly out of this world and not even the locals take it for granted! What better way to feel connected to nature and the landscape here, than to feel the earth beneath you, inhale the smell of fresh pine needles and indigenous trees as you brush past them on your bicycle? Catch your breath at the top of another steep hill and gaze down at the picturesque scenery below.

Harry Kitching (pictured) is a young local biking enthusiast and he tells us why he enjoys biking in and around Mashamshire, “I love it because it’s great being outdoors with your mates, meeting new people and it’s a good community of people. It helps me keep fit, I love being outside and the buzz of the fast down hill and jumps.”

On a clear night the sky is just as beautiful and a visit to Lime Tree Observatory gives you the opportunity to hear from the professionals and appreciate the skyline through their huge 610mm diameter “JW24” telescope!

If you’d like to get on your bike and ride this year, come and check out Swinton Bivouac’s bike trails or pop into Mashamshire Community Office and pick up a family friendly bike route designed in partnership with Cycopath Cycles. The route starts and ends in Masham Market Place (for those of you that would rather relax at a local cafe and await the return of loved ones keen to ride). Find out whether they uncover the hidden caches en route using the “What 3 Words” app – remember to take a little something with you to trade in exchange of cached goodies ready for the next adventurer!

Hire your bikes from Stef at Cycopath Cycles and he will even deliver to your door! How about that for service? Bringing your own bike? Stef also provides service and repairs should you need it whilst visiting.