Yorkshire Dales Brewery
September 9, 2020 a bicycle at Yorkshire Dales Brewery

Beer and bikes – cycling the Swale Trail

If you follow Yorkshire Dales Brewery on Instagram, you’ll know that head brewer Rob loves his mountain biking. He loves it almost as much as he loves his beer! And with good reason, it’s a great way to unwind after a day brewing the best craft ale in the Dales. And it’s a great way to keep fit and take in some of the amazing Dales scenery.

12 miles of freedom

We’re going to highlight some of Rob’s favourite cycling routes in an occasional series of blogs, as inspiration for you to get out and about and enjoy some fresh Yorkshire Dales air. Let’s start with a particular favourite of Rob’s – the brilliant Swale Trail. It’s 12 miles of unsurfaced tracks between Reeth and Keld in Swaledale. Whether you’re a seasoned mountain biker or looking for a day’s outdoors exercise while on holiday, the trail is easy to follow. And another reason to get on your bike is because along the way there’s some great pubs serving our brilliant Yorkshire beer!

Plenty of pubs along the way

Pedal power will take you to fantastic Dales pubs. Don’t miss The Farmers Arms in Muker, home to the Muker Silver band and the inspiration of our beer of the same name. Head along to the Kings Head, in Gunnerside, a beautiful town nestled in wonderful scenery, and try a pint of our Gunnerside Gold. It’s a community-owned pub and well worth a visit. The Punch Bowl at Low Row and The Bridge Inn at Grinton are both also along the trail. You’ll find a warm welcome and a perfectly kept pint of our beer to enjoy.

Get kitted out

If you’re visiting the Dales without a bike, don’t worry! Because the brilliant team at the Dales Bike Centre at Fremington can get you fully kitted out with bikes to hire and all the safety equipment. Plus they have a brilliant cafe and the cakes are amazing!

So, what are you waiting for? as Rob likes to say, ‘You are here for a good time not a long time, so only drink great beers and ride like the wind!’ Saddle up and get out onto the Swale Trail. Cheers!