Activities on the Swinton Estate

Cycling and bike hire

Cycle in North Yorkshire

Following on from the Tour de France’s Grand Depart in Yorkshire, cycling in this part of the world has never been more popular.

Several of the Tour de France, Tour de Yorkshire and World Championship routes run through Swinton Estate, an area know for its challenging elevation and beautiful scenery.

With 20,000 acres of farmland and moorland, Swinton Estate provides a wonderful base for a cycling trip, whether for a day, weekend or a short break. It offers a variety of inclines and terrain, from steep moorland ascents to winding country lanes, all with incredible views across rolling Dales countryside.

While you are on the road and fancy a refreshment, we can recommend the Terrace coffee shop and restaurant at the Swinton Country Club, with bike racks and lovely garden seating area. A few miles up the hill from there is the Bivouac Café at Swinton Bivouac, where the beautiful views over the moorland Dales are well worth the climb!

Mountain biking at Swinton Bivouac

If you enjoy an adrenaline rush, you’ll love our mountain bike trails in the Druids Woodland. There are 8km of off-road natural trails through the woodland and across surrounding fields, with plenty of options from family friendly gentle green routes to the thrills and spills of a black run. These range from wide, flat tracks to steep downhill descents with jumps and bridges. Take a look at the video below, giving you a glimpse of the tracks at Swinton Bivouac.

The trails do not follow any rights of way and are open to public by kind permission of the Swinton Estate. There is a charge for using the trails, payable at the car park charge box in the Swinton Bivouac car park: £3.00/car and £2.00/bike. Please note the green bike route is shared with walkers, so please take particular in those sections.

The Bivouac Café serves snacks and refreshments throughout the day, and there are hose down facilities nearby.

Bicycle Hire at Swinton Country Club

Electric bicycles can be hired, subject to availability, from Swinton Country Club.

Electric mountain bikes: £45 for four hours, £60 for full day.

Our electric mountain bikes are great for longer distances and off-road cycling – for example for trips to Swinton Bivouac.

Electric city bikes: £20 for two hours.

Our electric city bikes are better suited for shorter distances, such as leisurely trips to the local town of Masham.

Bike Hire at Swinton Bivouac

The following bikes are available to hire, subject to availability, from Swinton Bivouac.

Mountain bikes: £10 for three hours, £20 for full day.

Children’s bikes (with an adult): £8 for three hours, £15 for full day.

Children’s bikes suitable for 6–9 years and 9–12 years.

Mountain bikes for a family of four: £30 for three hours, £55 for full day.

A family of cyclists look out on the beautiful Yorkshire landscape on the Swinton Estate

Discover More Activities

From fly-fishing, clay pigeon shooting, cycling and cookery school lessons; through to wild swimming, Estate tours, meditation classes, cocktail making, children’s Woodland School or getting up close to Birds of Prey.

The Swinton Estate’s 20,000 acres are home to a myriad of activities, curated to provide those who want an action packed stay or to come just for the day, with a wide-ranging choice…


Other than the public footpath leading to the Druid’s Temple from the end of Knowle Lane, access to and use of all other routes and trails in the surrounding areas are by kind permission of the Swinton Estate. These are permissive routes and the Swinton Estate reserves the right to close them at any time.

The activity takes place at Swinton Estate.

North Yorkshire
United Kingdom