Struggle Dales Spectator Guide

Here's Struggle HQ's pick of the best hilltops and cafe stops for your cheering fan club. Read below to find the best places to park, how to spectate safely - and the all-important cafe opening times...

Struggle Dales Sportive Spectator Guide

Greenhow Hill

You’ll find parking just before the summit of the climb at Coldstones Cut car park. There’s a picnic bench where you can enjoy a flask of coffee overlooking the stunning scenery while waiting for your rider to summit this notorious climb.

Toft Gate Barn 

Open Sunday 9am - 4pm

Located just before the KOM, Toft Gate Barn is a perfect place to grab breakfast before your rider emerges from the last steep section of the hill. Park up in the car park, grab a butty and sit out in their sun-trapped garden overlooking Nidderdale Valley.

Townend Farm

Open Sunday 10am - 5pm

Townend Farm Shop is located in Airton just before the village of Malham. Although it’s not the best spectator area on the route, it’s a great cafe to fuel up while you’re waiting for your rider to catch up. You can then head to Malham to regain your cheering duties.

Malham Cove

There’s ample parking at Malham National Park Centre if you fancy a hike up the hill to cheer your rider on. Otherwise, you’ll need to park carefully off the road on the grass once you’ve passed the cattle grid that marks the top of the hill. Please do not try to park on the climb. 

Zarina’s Cafe

Open Sunday 10am - 4pm

This is a quaint little tearooms and a perfect place to grab a late-morning brew and scone. It’s located in the village of Kettlewell where you can also catch your rider at the second feed station.

Park Rash

This is where your rider will need the most encouragement. Said that, parking is extremely limited and riders will be struggling to just keep their bike moving up the steep gradient. Please ensure you give all riders plenty of room and don’t get in their way. There is no room to park on the climb, so if you want to stop and cheer, please park off the road at the foot or top of the climb and walk to your vantage point. 

Johnny Bagdad’s 

Open 10am - 4pm

The road between Park Rash and Masham allows riders to pick up some speed and cover plenty of ground. Shoot off to Masham to grab a brew in the bohemian bolthole Jonny Bagdad’s cafe where they serve a mean breakfast. Then head to the final feed where your rider may fancy a slightly longer stop, a sit down and a chat before battling the last 30 miles.

How Stean Gorge

Open 9am - 5pm

Located at the bottom of Trapping Hill, you can check out the newly-refurbished How Stean Gorge cafe with glass floor overlooking the Gorge. Grab a coffee and a toasted teacake before heading back to HQ to cheer your rider home.

Finish Village

Bistro burgers, gourmet sausages, barista coffee and locally brewed beer will all be on sale at the finish line from 12pm. Head back to HQ at The Army Foundation College, Penny Pot Lane, Harrogate, ready to cheer your rider over the line.

Important Points:

DO NOT litter. The Yorkshire Dales is a protected national park and we hope to keep it that way. Put your litter back in your car and deposit it in the bins at the finish.

DO park in a designated parking area or safely off the road. Do not obstruct riders or other road users.

DO NOT try to park on the climbs. Riders need plenty of room and don’t want to cross the white line to avoid parked cars.

DO give riders plenty of room when passing them out on the route.

DO NOT try to follow riders as a support vehicle.This is against the rules and may cause riders to be disqualified. 

You can find the full Struggle Dales route here.

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