Love Cycling, Love Elmet
Cyclists are very welcome at Elmet Farmhouse. This is great cycling country and the ideal spot for a cycling holiday. Whether you’re a road cyclist or a mountain biker, there are loads of terrific rides in this area. Check out the Cycle Calderdale website for details of local routes.
Tour de France in Pecket Well 6 July 2014
On 6 July 2014 Pecket Well celebrated the Tour de France, which came right through the village after climbing up from Haworth and Oxenhope over the moor. The peloton whizzed past the drive at Elmet Farmhouse as the riders shot down from Cock Hill on their descent to Hebden Bridge. They then passed through Mytholmroyd before embarking on the long ascent up Cragg Vale.
Tour de Yorkshire in Pecket Well 3 May 2015
On Sunday 3 May 2015 Pecket Well hosted Stage 3 of the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire, a major international three-day cycling event. This time the riders came through the village uphill from Hebden Bridge before heading over to Haworth. Cycling fans turned out in force to watch Bradley Wiggins & Co flexing their muscles as they powered up the gruelling 2-mile ascent via the Cote de Hebden Bridge. It was Wiggo’s last race and even he found it tough!
This video gives you a flavour of this event, which started in Scarborough on 1 May, progressed to York the following day and eventually finished in Leeds…
Miles of Cycleways
Why not bring your bikes to Elmet Farmhouse and pit yourself against the world’s top cyclists by trying out the Tour de France and Tour de Yorkshire routes?
If you’re a keen cyclist, you’ll really enjoy exploring Calderdale with its varied terrain and breathtaking views. It’s in the heart of the South Pennines, so there are plenty of challenging hill climbs to tackle, but there are also pleasant family-friendly routes along the Rochdale Canal towpath down in the valley.
If you’re looking for planned routes there are various cycleways on offer. Hebden Bridge is on the National Cycle Network: Route 68 and the Pennine Cycleway: Route 68. The Yorkshire Dales Cycle Way is also within range. For more information about cycling in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, visit cyclethedales.
Left: Stone-paved packhorse trail through Pecket Well Clough, now a bridlepath. Right: Hardcastle Crags, National Trust woodland with miles of cycle tra
Hills and Mills, Vales and Dales
Mountain bikers are well provided for in and around Hebden Bridge as there are lots of bridlepaths and tracks around the valleys and up over the moors. Why not try Hilly Hebden or the Calderdale Circuit, just two of many scenic off-road cycle trails.
Left: Heather moor above Pecket Well viewed from bridlepath. Right: Limestone outcrops near Gordale Scar in Yorkshire Dales
Chill out and relax
At Elmet Farmhouse we provide comfortable accommodation where you can relax after a hard day’s cycling. The farmhouse sleeps 6 and has two bathrooms, both with showers, as well as laundry facilities and a drying room. We offer secure bike storage and bike-washing facilities and we’ll lend you guidebooks and maps.
There’s an excellent cycling store down in Hebden Bridge called Blazing Saddles so if you’re in need of kit, or want to talk shop, this is the place to go.
Elmet Farmhouse has been officially certified as Cycle Friendly by Welcome to Yorkshire. For more information about our facilities, see below.
Left: Elmet Farmhouse. Right: View from Elmet Farmhouse
Certified Cycle Friendly!
Elmet Farmhouse has been certified as Cycle Friendly by Welcome to Yorkshire.
Secure Bike Storage
Bike Washing Facilities
Clothes Drying Facilities
First Aid Kit
Puncture Repair Kit
Maps, Cycling Books and Leaflets – See also www.cyclecalderdale.co.uk
Address and Postcode: Elmet Farmhouse, Wilcroft Farm, Pecket Well, Hebden Bridge HX7 8QY
Grid Reference: SD 99602 29621
Weather Information: www.bbc.co.uk/weather/ – Hebden Bridge HX7 8QY
Emergency Services: Police, Fire and Ambulance: In case of emergency, telephone 999. Non-emergency police tel: 101. Non-emergency medical advice (out of hours) tel. 111.
Emergency Calls: Can be made from Wilcroft House, next door to Elmet Farmhouse
Nearest Pub (5 mins walk): Robin Hood Inn, Keighley Road, Pecket Well HX7 8QR. Tel. 01422 842593 / 077 29690320. firstname.lastname@example.org; www.therobinhoodinn.com
Cycle Hire: Bike and Go at Hebden Bridge Station: www.bikeandgo.co.uk/locations/north-east-and-yorkshire/hebden-bridge/
Cycle Shop: Blazing Saddles, 35 West End Hebden Bridge HX7 8UQ Tel: 01422 844435. Workshop: 07763 961106
Outdoor Equipment: Mountain Wild, Crown Street, Hebden Bridge; Rohan, St George’s Square, Hebden Bridge.
Chemist: Boots, Valley Road, Hebden Bridge; Boots, Crown Street, Hebden Bridge
Doctor: Hebden Bridge Group Practice, Valley Medical Centre, Valley Road, Hebden Bridge HX7 7BZ. Tel: 01422 415777. Out of hours Tel: 111. www.hbgp.co.uk
Dentists: Grange Dean Dental Practice (NHS), Medical Centre, Burnley Road, Mytholmroyd HX7 5LL. Tel. 01422 881234
Hospital: Calderdale Royal Hospital (nearest A&E), Salterhebble, Halifax HX3 0PW. Tel. 01422 357171 or 0844 8110101. www.cht.nhs.uk
Banks: Lloyds, Albert Street, Hebden Bridge; Barclays, Market Street, Hebden Bridge;
Cashpoints: Banks as above, plus Natwest cashpoint: Oasis Newsagent, St George’s Square, Hebden Bridge; Cooperative Bank cashpoint: Co-op Supermarket, Market Street, Hebden Bridge
Post Offices: Wadsworth Post Office and Village Shop (1 mile), Billy Lane, Old Town HX7 8RY; Hebden Bridge Post Office (2 miles), Holme Street, Hebden Bridge HX7 8AA
Public Telephone: Pecket Bar, Pecket Well (near Robin Hood Inn); Emergency calls can be made from Wilcroft House, next door to Elmet Farmhouse.
Post Box: Old Coop Building, opposite Robin Hood Inn, Pecket Well
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