April, 2017

Cycle Route – Littleneck – 19th April 2017

April 19th, 2017   |   Posted in Uncategorized   |   No Comments


12.5 Miles


Ascent:  1400ft


Terrain: country roads and stone tracks, with some woodland sections – take care on the stone trods. Also some easy railway line cycling on the Cinder Track

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You can view an online map of this route here.
1.  From Littlebeck Village Hall car park turn right at the junction, up the hill, signposted ‘Local traffic only’ – it’s very steep (1:4)!
2. On reaching the main road (B1416), turn right and continue along it in the Scarborough direction (ignoring the minor right turns to Falling Foss and May Beck).

3. Turn left.

4. Turn right for Hawsker.

5. Turn right for Hawsker.

6. Turn left.

7. Turn left at the main road (A171) and then left again at the light-controlled crossing to join the ‘Cinder Track’ through a wooden gate. Follow the old railway line straight ahead, passing Trailways cycle hire/refreshments.

8. Immediately before Larpool viaduct, turn right off the track, right onto the driveway and then right again onto Larpool Lane, to run under the brick bridge and down towards Ruswarp – or carry your bike down the steps on your left to reach the same road.

9. Turn left, up the steep hill, towards Golden Grove.

10. Turn right up a bridleway – it’s easy to miss if you’re cycling too fast, and if you reach Golden Grove hamlet you’ve gone too far. There’s a track bearing right, off the road and up into a field, with the bridleway lying to the right of the gateway and hedge. Continue along the Monk’s Walk (a stone trod), through the woods, to Sneaton.

11. Turn right along the road (or turn left first for the café and ice cream at Beacon Farm).

12. Turn right, then left, for Ugglebarnby.

13. At the junction, cross straight over and follow the stone track (signposted ‘Community Access Project’).

14. Turn right along the track and then descend (past a ‘motorcycles and vehicles forbidden’ sign) down a steep track to a wooden bridge. Take care – very steep, and occasional steps and roots.

15. Turn left across the footbridge and cycle through the woods, passing a ‘Littlebeck’ sign and crossing two sets of stepping stones.

16. After the second set of stepping stones, bear left over a concrete ford and continue along the track to cross another ford. Head up the steep hill.

17. Turn left at the junction and follow the road back to Littlebeck and the Village Hall.

Tadcaster is ready for the Tour de Yorkshire

April 11th, 2017   |   Posted in Tour De Yorkshire   |   No Comments

Tadcaster has announced the line up for the Tour de Yorkshire celebrations on Saturday 29th April. The town will be hosting the start of both the Women’s race and Stage 2 Men’s.

The town is planning on celebrating the day in style!


The event will begin with the Yorkshire Regiment Drumming Corps marching through the town; this is especially poignant as the Yorkshire Regiment formed part of the clear up team following the 2015 flood. Shortly after the bells of St Mary’s church will ring out and the women will start their race at 0910.

Running alongside the TDY event will be the first ever Tadcaster Cycle Festival, held across several locations in the town but predominantly on St Joseph’s Street, the Festival will have a carnival feel to it and provide entertainment and interactive stalls for all to enjoy.

Town Councillor Kirsty Perkins explains the planning behind the festival

“We wanted everyone to be able to move around the town and enjoy all we have to offer in the hope that they will return!

The festival covers many places in the town.

St Joseph’s Street will be closed for the day and there will be lots to see and do.

As well as the Minster FM roadshow we are really excited to have World Champion Trial Biker Jack Carthy will be doing demonstrations for us on the day.”





“We also have a live piece of street art by Graffiti artist Sledone.

He’ll be doing a commemorative piece for the town to keep based on the TDY’s visit to the town.

From one side of town to the other there will be wonderful exciting things to do.

After all that’s gone on over the past couple of years, the TDY is our opportunity to shine and show people what we are capable of and why Tadcaster is a great place to visit”


Main Events

  • Start of the two races
  • Big screens showing the race live at the Bus Park and Social Club car park
  • Minster FM roadshow with live acts throughout the day, including a Little Mix tribute act and local dance groups sponsored by The Web Adventure Park and York Sports Village
  • Vintage Bike museum in the Riley Smith Hall
  • Tadcasters’ “tour de canard” duck race on the river
  • Street entertainers Granny Tourismo and Wacky Wheelers fun bikes
  • Balance Bikes demos

Susie Brindley, Tour de Yorkshire Project Manager for Selby District Council said

“This is a massive opportunity for Tadcaster to showcase itself on a regional, national and international stage.

The Tour de Yorkshire is so much more than a bike race, It’s great to see how it brings people together and of course what better excuse to have a party in the town.”