January, 2016

Cycle Route – 28th January 2016

January 19th, 2016   |   Posted in Weekly Cycle Route   |   No Comments

Rievaulx Woods

10 Miles


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The online route can be found here.

1. From the Methodist Chapel take the track (Arden Lane) which initially rises, before a forked junction of tracks, taking the left hand track which descends to Bow Bridge.

2. Cross over the bridge and take the steep track which rises alongside Lambert Hag Wood.  At the next junction keep right and head towards Tylas Farm. This track rolls gently before a steep descent, followed by a climb to a junction of BWs just before the farm. Take the bridleway through the gate straight ahead and climb up to Birk Bank woods.

3. The woodland track rises and falls, before crossing a meadow and leading out onto a lane near Caydale Mill. Turn left and climb steeply, turning right at the top along High Leir Lane.

4. After approx a mile, take the bridleway to the right, which skirts around the field before dropping steeply on singletrack over rocks. Cross the wooden bridge at the valley bottom and climb up to Murton Grange, ignoring the BW passed by to the right. At the road junction, turn right and head along a short distance before exiting to the right into Cliff Wood.

5. An excellent forest track rolls along, before reaching a gated meadow. Cross the meadow until a junction of BWs by a derelict barn to your right. Take the right hand BW across the meadow, which eventually descends at speed back to Tylas Farm. Follow the route back to Rievaulx and a drink.

Cycle Route – 12th January 2016

January 12th, 2016   |   Posted in Weekly Cycle Route   |   No Comments

Ripon and Boroughbridge

19 Miles


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The online route can be found here.

1. From the Market Place head past the Town Hall and onto Westgate, then turning left onto Park Street. Turn left onto Firby lane by Calverts Carpets and left again at the bottom of the hill. Go straight on through the lights and straight over the next roundabout, joining Bondgate Green towards Boroughbridge.

Starting this way you can also start the ride from Moonglu Cycles Shop at Blossomgate.

2. Pass the canal on the right as you ride along Bondgate Green and  approach the bypass roundabout. Go straight ahead, passing the canal lock and racecourse before twisting left over the large bridge. The road bends sharp right, climbing steadily before bending back left. A junction right is taken to Skelton on Ure. This narrow lane is an easy ride alongside rolling countryside, with the Newby Hall farms and estate off to the right.

3. At Skelton on Ure take the junction left towards Langthorpe and Boroughbridge, passing through Langthorpe and under the A1M flyover. At the junction of the Kirby Hill Road turn right towards Boroughbridge and Canal Roundabout. Take the second exit, riding over the River Ure once more, continuing along and eventually passing Boroughbridge High School to the left before approaching the large roundabout by Morrisons Supermarket.

4. Take the second exit off the roundabout and ride over the A1M towards Minskip. Ride through this linear village before turning off right at the far end of the main street, signposted to Staveley. The road winds its way along to Staveley where you turn right, passing the church before turning right on Wath lane towards the hamlet of Copgrove. As you approach the small residential lane off to the right, the lane bends left and soon crosses a small bridge with views to Copgrove Hall to your right. A quarter mile further on a junction right is signed Bishop Monkton and Ripon – take this.

5. This lane is initially covered by overhanging trees, before opening up to hedgerows and rolling fields as it climbs steadily. Descending to Bishop Monkton, pass though this village and under the old railway bridge before taking the next junction on the right signed to Littlethorpe.

6. Race along this narrow flat lane, passing under the old railway once more before twisting left and on into Littlethorpe. Winding through this village on a twisting road, a junction is reached (T junction). Ignore the sign left to Ripon; instead take the turning right signed to Boroughbridge and onto Littlethorpe Road. This eventually brings you out at the bypass roundabout where a right turn leads to another roundabout and a left turn back onto Bondgate Green.

Cycle Route – 6th January 2016

January 6th, 2016   |   Posted in Weekly Cycle Route   |   No Comments

Swaledale and Arkengarthdale

28 Miles



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The online route can be found here.

Closed main roads are obviously the best thoroughfare for Le Tour but the majority of its route will, at other times, be busy with traffic for amateur cyclists wanting to get a taste of the action with the exception of some roads followed by Le Tour in the Dales.

This ride incorporates a stretch of one of them (the B6270 from Thwaite to Reeth) and is quite hard work too which will give you a further frisson of what the riders will be experiencing.

The outward leg of the journey through Arkengarthdale is Yorkshire at its wildest, the moors stretching out to the north like a swelling sea with as many hues of brown as there are blues in the ocean.

Progress is slow but, after the Tan Hill Inn, the cycling is easier, starting with a thrilling downhill plunge with switchbacks more usually encountered on a mountain bike trail.

Thereafter you follow the road in the bottom of the valley through a succession of quintessential Dales villages: Keld, Thwaite, Muker, Gunnerside, Low Row and finally back to Reeth. Completing this route without at least one stop at a pub or café along the way is near impossible.

Unknown. (2015). Yorkshires Top Ten Cycle Routes. Available: http://bit.ly/1ms3QkD. Last accessed 31st December 2015.