January, 2017

Cycle Route – Sledmere – 31st January 2017

January 31st, 2017   |   Posted in Weekly Cycle Route   |   No Comments

17 Miles


Ascent:  1030ft


This ride starts on the high Wolds at Sledmere estate village. Visit Sledmere House, the splendid Georgian and Edwardian house owned and lived in by Sir Tatton Sykes. (for opening times see www.sledmerehouse.com)

Ride away from its fine park-land setting to visit outlying villages with some fine views to the Vale of York, and Duggleby Howe Neolithic burial mound. The Norman church in Kirkby Grindalythe is worth a closer look



Screen Shot 2017-01-31 at 10.47.46 Screen Shot 2017-01-31 at 10.47.52


Screen Shot 2017-01-31 at 10.47.58

You can view an online map of this route here.


  1. Head into the village past the Eleanor Cross and Wagoners’ Memorial monuments, and turn left opposite the pub.
  2. Go straight on at The crossroads following a brown Byway sign.
  3. Turn right at T-Junction into Helperthorpe, again following a brown Byway sign.
  4. Turn left in village, then first left to pass Haverdale House.
  5. At the T-Junction turn left downhill towards West Lutton.
  6. Take first right into the village along Back Lane, then right again at the T-Junction.
  7. Where the road bears left, turn right onto a minor road and climb steadily to High Mowthorpe Plantations
  8. After the plantations turn left and descend towards Duggleby.
  9. Go straight on at the crossroads into Duggleby and turn left to Kirby Grindalythe. (Duggleby Howe is the mound visible in the field on the right.)
  10. At the T-Junction turn right towards Kirby Grindalythe.
  11. Turn right into the village (turn right again alongside the stream to see the Norman church). Continue back to Sledmere and turn right at the Wagoners’ Memorial to return to the car park.

Cycle Route – Hawes – 27th January 2017

January 27th, 2017   |   Posted in Weekly Cycle Route   |   No Comments


46 Miles


Ascent:  3947ft


This route starts off with a gentle run down Wensleydale but then becomes tougher. A long climb up Coverdale takes you over Park Rash and down into Wharfedale, and then after another flatter section there is the climb over Fleet Moss to finish.



Screen Shot 2017-01-27 at 11.04.36Screen Shot 2017-01-27 at 11.04.32


Screen Shot 2017-01-27 at 11.04.41
You can view an online map of this route here.


  1. Turn right out of car-park then immediately right again by going around the island. Go over a bridge and upto a T junction. Turn right (signposted Sedbusk). Follow this minor road to Askrigg and climb up through the village.
  2. Keep right at the top of the village (signposted Carperby) – after the climb out of the village it’s an easy ride down the valley. Carry straight on through Carperby or divert right down the hill to Aysgarth for Café and toilets, and a look at the Falls.
  3. Go through Redmire, or divert to Castle Bolton for a look round. Up a short climb and then continue on this road to reach a T-junction with the A684.
  4. Turn right drop down over the river and take the next left. A steep climb takes you over to Coverdale and a T-junction.
  5. Turn right (signed Carlton) and follow this lovely road up the valley, through the villages of Carlton, Horsehouse and Braidley. There is a short descent to cross the river, and then back up the other side. The final section of the climb is tough, but then there is a quick descent to Kettlewell. Take care on the descent as there are tight corners.
  6. When you reach Kettlewell go straight across and down the side of the shop, then turn right on to the main road up the valley. Carry on through Starbotton to reach Buckden.
  7. As you reach Buckden village, turn left (signed Hubberholme). This lovely road climbs gently up Langstrothdale valley, and after passing through Hubberholme there are few houses about. After Oughtershaw the climb up Fleets Moss starts for real with a few steep hairpins at the top.
  8. From the top of Fleets Moss is a very quick run back to Hawes. The first section of the descent is steep and straight but watch out for sheep and side winds. After you drop into Gayle village you turn left over a bridge and then around to the right. Past the Wensleydale Creamery to a T-junction. Turn right to return to the start.


Tour de Yorkshire land art contest launched

January 19th, 2017   |   Posted in Tour De Yorkshire   |   No Comments

THERE’S 100 days to go until the start of the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire – and a tourism organisation has marked the date by launching an annual land art competition.

Welcome to Yorkshire said last year’s cycle race proved a huge success, with massive, eye-catching installations displayed along the route.

“A giant piece of art featuring a horse, ram and wild boar riding a penny farthing on Sutton Bank – commissioned by the North York Moors National Park Authority and Hambleton District Council – was crowned the winner after an international public vote, and the coveted trophy is now up for grabs once again,” said a spokesman.

“Whether it’s a church spire draped in a blue jersey, a field housing a mammoth bicycle, or a market square spelling out messages of support, all works are welcomed and stand a great chance of being beamed to over 11 million people in 178 countries when the race’s live television helicopters sweep across the county.”

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “These fantastic pieces really bring the race to life and give you the chance to celebrate your community.”

This year’s route for the race includes Tadcaster.

For more information, visit http://letouryorkshire.com/landart, while entries and questions can be emailed to droberts@yorkshire.com.


Unknown. (2017). Tour de Yorkshire land art contest launched. Available: http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15032159.Tour_de_Yorkshire_land_art_contest_launched/. Last accessed 19th January 2017.