Cycle Route – Sherburn – 16th August 2017

August 16th, 2017   |   Posted in Weekly Cycle Route   |   No Comments


22 Miles


Ascent:  1677ft


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Leave Sherburn heading for the A64 and go straight across at the traffic lights. In about a hundred metres, go right signed to Helperthorpe and Lutton. A narrow country road now which soon starts to ascend as you cycle to the top of Sherburn Brow and East Heslerton Wold.

If you are cycling the route on a Tuesday in summer, you might like to pop in to Jackson’s Wold farm and see the magnificent open gardens.

A cup of tea and cake is available, too. There is a small charge for entry.

Superb views across the valley now to the North York Moors and beyond as you climb still higher.

The road is quite gritty but you will enjoy the long ascents and descents. Soon you pass a large farm, then only a quarter of a mile further along, turn left at the sign for Helperthorpe.

The road surface deteriorates rapidly now with grass growing along the centre and a few potholes to negotiate. However, you soon descend to Helperthorpe, but if you wish to visit the church and see the magnificent ceiling, watch out for a driveway on your right with a broken metal gate before you reach the village. This is the access to the church. Don’t worry about the private house but please respect their privacy.

At the junction, turn right signed to Luttons and Sledmere to cycle through the village of Helperthorpe.

Not far past the village turn left onto a narrow road signed to York.

This is a slippery, twisty road and is used by more than a fair share of traffic.

At the crossroads, go left up the hill signed to Cowlam and Driffield.

Soon you reach the couple of houses and a farm which constitute Cowlam, turn left at the crossroads now signed to Rudston, Scarborough and Bridlington.

This road can be quite busy but is a wide smooth road and in less than two miles, turn right onto a smaller road. In about a quarter of a mile, turn left signed to Langtoft.

A long straight descent along a narrow road now. Watch out for the bumpy corner at the end, then cycle along with good views of the windmills near the coast to soon start a long, serious descent into the village of Langtoft.

At the junction in the village, turn left to climb a long, bumpy and sometimes busy B road. At the top of the hill where the road bends to the right, turn left onto a narrow road and past the Old Mill Restaurant. At the end of the long, straight road, cross the road junction with care, keeping straight ahead signed to Butterwick and Sherburn.

Eventually descend to the cross roads at Butterwick. Our route turns right here but if you would like some refreshment, you could go left to the farm shop which sells sandwiches, pies and drinks.

If you do not need the farm shop, turn right signed to Foxholes and Bridlington. In a couple of miles turn left at the crossroads signed to Foxholes and Scarborough. This is a busy, fast road so please take care.

Not far into the village of Foxholes, turn left signed to Ganton. Ascend past the church, then turn left onto a very narrow, gravely, potholed road. Continue along climbing gently to the summit of Alison Wold, bear left near the top then soon start a very steep, twisty descent. At the junction go right, then not far to cross the A64 at the traffic lights to return to Sherburn village.

Cycle Route – Malton – 27th March 2017

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


 25.5 Miles


Ascent:  604ft


 Distance: 27.7 Miles
Refreshments: Pubs in Kirby Misperton, Great Barugh, Normanby and Great Habton
Public toilets: In Malton
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1. Start at Malton Market Square
2. Turn left then immediately right on to the narrow lane, then track.
  1. After the bridge go straight ahead, and at the first fork bear right.
  2. Bear left past the barrier, then turn right along the second track. turn left at the road.
  3. Cross the River Rye and follow road signs to Kirby Misperton.
  4. Go straight ahead at the roundabout and bear left past the pub.
  5. Turn right a the T-junction (or left for short cut back to Malton).
  6. Turn left across the river to Salton (or straight ahead for the pub)
  7. Turn right in to the village, and then right again at the top past the pub.
  8. Turn right to retrace your outwards route

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

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



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  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.



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  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.


Cycle Route – 17th November 2016

November 7th, 2016   |   Posted in Weekly Cycle Route   |   No Comments


20 Miles


Ascent:  1214ft


Information: Start/finish: Village centre off-street parking area just behind main street and Market Cross near pubs. From railway station turn right into village centre

Refreshments: Choice in Hunmanby; pub and shops in Burton Fleming; pub in Thwing; coffee shop in art gallery at Willerby Wold Farm. Opening times vary

Public loos: None



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1 Head north past the church, bearing left uphill. Turn left after mini-roundabout (Yorkshire Wolds route signing).

2 Turn right at crossroads then first left towards Burton Fleming.

3 Go straight ahead at the crossroads in Burton Fleming onto Thwing Road.

4 Turn right following brown Byway sign.

5 Bear right into Thwing village. Turn left at staggered crossroads, then right onto Octon Road

6 At the T-jct turn right through Octon and downhill to Octon

7 At Octon Grange go straight ahead and slow down for sharp lefthand bend. Or for shortcut, turn right.

8 Go straight over the crossroads and follow road round into village and turn right. Turn first left towards Ganton.

9 At Ganton Wold Farm, turn right.

10 Go straight ahead at the crossroads (take extra care), and descend to where dry valleys converge at Forden hamlet.

11 Go straight ahead at the crossroads. To see tiny church turn R for a short distance.

12 Turn left at the crossroads to return to Hunmanby.

13 At the mini roundabout turn right for the station or left for the village centre.

Cycle Route – 4th October 2016

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Swaledale and Arkengarthdale

28 Miles


Ascent:  2333ft


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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. Ride 9 – Wharncliffe Wood
  4. 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.

Cycle Route – 28th June 2016

June 28th, 2016   |   Posted in Weekly Cycle Route   |   No Comments


13.5 Miles


Ascent:  1332ft

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  1. Go up Pateley Bridge High Street and turn left opposite Kendall’s Butchers onto Church Street. Continue ahead and then turn right at the junction by the Church. Follow this road to Wath.
  2. In Wath as the road bends left, turn right on to farm track which climbs steeply up through trees. As you exit the trees take the left hand farm road and follow this obvious track for 4km alongside Gouthaite reservoir to reach Bouthwaite.
  3. Turn left at the road, cross over the river and meet another road. Turn left on this road and head through Ramsgill and continue on this road back alongside Gouthwaite reservoir.
  4. Go past the turning for Wath, and then 1km later take the right turn signed ‘Heathfield’ just before you reach the Bridge Inn. After 100m turn left signed ‘Heathfield Caravan Park’. Follow this small road up the valley through a series of caravan parks. Eventually it turns into a good stone track.
  5. Shortly after a gate there is a prominent fingerpost for the ‘Nidderdale Way’ on the left. You are now heading into the technical section – take care! Descend to a bridge over a stream. Opposite you are the old mine workings which the route zig zags through. At the top of the workings take the obvious track uphill. Go through a wall gap, keep on the track and then right at a track junction.
  6. Descend to swing right over a bridge, continue on and swing left over the next bridge. You are now on tarmac. Go up a short climb and then a long swoop back to Patelely. Get ready to brake as the main road has a habit of looming up. Turn left back to town.

Cycle Route – 20th June 2016

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Brimham Loop, Summerbridge

10 Miles


Ascent: 958 ft


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  1. From New York Mills turn right onto the main road and then take the first left onto a bridleway heading uphill. When you get to the houses follow the bridleway to the right and keep to the left hand track.
  2. Turn right on to the road, heading up the steep hill.
  3. Follow the road through Brimham Rocks for 2.5 km and then go right signposted for Warsill carpark.
  4. Follow the road for another 2.5 km, mostly downhill, through a section with a wood either side and once the road straightens out turn right on to a bridleway before the Gilmoor Food sign.
  5. Follow the track in a straight line to a farmyard and then turn left through a gate.
  6. Keep going in a straight line passing a village hall on your left and continue up a steep hill. Take a slight left, following the Nidderdale Way bridleway signs and continue on the track to a road.
  7. Go right on the road and then after nearly a kilometre take the first left, signposted for Hartwith.
  8. Just before some farm buildings 1km along the road turn right on to a bridleway and then follow the track until a turn off on the left on to a packhorse route, still following the bridleway. Be aware of walkers on this section. Follow the right hand wall line to 2 single gates. After the second gate head downhill following the left hand fence line through another single gate.
  9. At the end of the bridleway stop before you rejoin the road and go left. Go straight across the crossroads and before going over the bridge go right on to a bridleway by the river. Turn left to rejoin the main road. Turn left back into New York Mills.

Cycle Route – 6th June 2016

June 3rd, 2016   |   Posted in Weekly Cycle Route   |   No Comments

Great Greenhow

25 Miles


Ascent: 2766 ft


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  1. From the car park, turn left and then take the first left after the garage and ride in to Bewerley. Ride through the village and then take the road to the right, Peat Lane. Go up the hard climb and over the little bridge to the old quarry.
  2. Take the bridleway track to the left, and follow until it fades into a faint path across the moor (this can be very boggy after wet weather). Keep the wall close on your right, cross a stream, wind your way through, and eventually come to a gate on your right. Go through the field, past the farm house, and down the track to the road.
  3. Turn left, then first right (take care). Ride down the road, over the bridge and up the other side where you will come to a sharp corner to the left and a track through the gate to your right. Take this track, bear right at a junction, then follow the track for 6km (3½ miles) to a T-junction. Turn right, up the hill, and follow the track for 1.5km (1 mile) to meet a road.
  4. Turn right and take the road past Stump Cross Caverns and the village of Greenhow, and opposite the entrance to Hanson’s Quarry, ride down the lane on the left.
  5. At the end of the first straight go through the gate on the right follow this bridleway past Coldstones Farm and join the Nidderedale Way. Turn Left, and follow the along for 3km (2 miles). At the top of a long climb you join another track at a y-junction, continue forwards until you emerge over the old Merrifield Quarry and mine workings.
  6. Take care as you descend through the old mine workings. At the bottom cross the wooden bridge and go up to the track. Follow this track downhill. It becomes tarmac passing through a number of caravan sites. At T-junction turn left, and follow through Heathfield to meet main road.
  7. Turn left and ride along the side of the reservoir until you reach Ramsgill. Go through Ramsgill, over the bridge and take the immediate right to ride through Bouthwaite. At the end of the road turn right again and follow the lane to its end where it becomes an unsurfaced track.
  8. Follow this along the side of the reservoir, taking the right hand fork when offered. You will eventually climb above the damn, before turning right and descending a steep track and emerging in Wath.
  9. Ride through the village and cross the bridge, turning left towards Pateley and follow the road back past the High School

Cycle Route – 27th May 2016

May 27th, 2016   |   Posted in Weekly Cycle Route   |   No Comments


15 Miles


Ascent: 1955 ft


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  1. Head out over the reservoir dam and turn left up the cobbly climb to a hut. At the hut turn right on to a grassier track, follow this for 1.5km. After two steep valley dips you will climb gradually toward a drystone wall.
  2. At the wall do not go through the gate, turn 90 degrees left and climb for 200m until you reach another gate in the wall further up. Go through this gate and follow the obvious doubletrack for 4km until you reach another gate. Go through this gate and carry on the same bearing for 1.8km, the track gets rocky as it descends to a stone building. Pass by the building and stick to the track as it bends 90 degrees left and joins the road after 500m.
  3. Turn left at the road, after 100m turn right on to farm road. After 800m of this track turn right down (initially grassy) double track. Follow this obvious track for 3km until you reach a gate.
  4. Go through this gate and carry on the same bearing joining another farm road. After 1km turn right and head downhill to Bouthwaite (on a wide and increasingly rubbly track).
  5. Continue straight on along the tarmac road, cross over the river and meet another road in Ramsgill. Turn left on the road then after 50m turn right on to a gravel road until you reach a white gate on your right (signposted Nidderdale Way). Go through this gate and follow the bridleway signs for 3km through grassy farmland until you join a metalled farm road, follow this for 500m until you reach to a large concrete farmyard.
  6. Pass through this farmyard and after 100m turn right over the river, as you meet another (bigger) road turn left and the climb up to Middlesmoor. Pass through the village and keep straight on as the tarmac stops and becomes farm road (which in turn becomes rocky track). Stick to this obvious track for 4km to Scar House reservoir with an excellent rocky descent to finish.