Posted by: brendaintheboro | August 14, 2022

Cycling the Yorkshire Wolds

This past week DH and I took off into a different area of Yorkshire. We have dear friends from our kayaking days who live in Rillington , just off the Yorkshire Wolds route which takes in NCN1 and 164 and possibly more I can remember.

We loaded the bikes onto the back of the car as a time saving measure and drove down through Helmsley on the moor road. After we had caught up with each other, set set off about 11.30am and the sun was blazing hot. I have ridden some of this route a couple of years ago and had decided to go clockwise so our destination for the day was Hunmanby by a circuitous route. First we had about half a mile on the A64 but traffic wasn’t too heavy. There had been a dink hole appear last week and everything was slowed down.

Golden fields

We turned left onto a minor road to Thorpe Bassett and we were now on beautiful quiet roads through fields of barley and wheat. Then there was a stiff climb up to Setterington beacon but no where near the steepness of last week’s climbs.

Setterington beacon

We turned off to Duggleby and stopped for 2nd breakfast sitting watching sheep in the field near by. Then it was on a back road to Kirby Grindalythe and on very poor road surfaces to Sledmere.

We took a little time at Sledmere and then turned left mainly downhill through Weaverthorpe and on to Wold Newton where we stopped and ate a sandwich.

Every day before we set out we pray and ask for safety on the roads. Now you may not believe in God , but I do. The road had a lot of gravel and so I slowed down but because of the thickness of the gravel I lost control. I really thought I was heading for a really bad wipeout. It was though I felt a hand on my right shoulder that lifted me upright. DH said it looked like I had been pushed up when we spoke later. I really believe without the protection of God I would have been seriously hurt.

Sledmere

Carrying on we rode through to Hunmanby and down near the moor road to Springfield House camping site that is also a kennels and chattery.

We were made very welcome and were given pints of ice cold orange squash and our batteries were taken into the garage to be charged. There were no showers but decent toilets and a washing up room.

Wednesday 10th August 2022

Very stupidly, we didn’t bring sufficient medication for our trip. Cavalry to the rescue. Well DS1 drove down very early and we had what we needed by 6.30am.

It was another gorgeous morning but still a bit cool and condensation needed to dry off. We moved the tent across onto the sun and wiped it off but even so , we still had a slightly damp tent to pack .

Another fairly early start at 7.40 am and we road down and crossed the busy moor road and on to Reighton. Although we had the route in Komoot it differed from the signed route. We chose to follow the road signage. This zig zagged across golden fields through Grindale and later crossing the Scarborough road we came into Bempton with its pretty church. Bempton cliffs are famous for the nesting of puffins.

Bempton

However, we wanted to go down to Flamborough so didn’t have that much time.

To do this we took a detour through Danes Dyke and along to Flamborough Head. I discovered a white chalk building that preceded the light house. There was also another beacon.

White chalk tower
Flamborough lighthouse

We had to go back the same way on then back onto NCN1 onto a lovely section of cycle track past Sewerby hall and on to Bridlington which was bustling with people and a land train. Free toilet facilities and nice seating made a lovely 2nd breakfast stop where a man stopped to chat about our rigs and where we get to on the bikes.

Chalk cliffs at Flamborough
Bridlington road train

The route then took us off the promenade and through the back of Brid onto nicely restored roads – for a while- to Burton Agnes. It we here I for a puncture in a trailer wheel which we changed and road on through Harpham and Nafferton into Driffield. Which is great for restocking if you need to. Following the route out through Skerne is a very nice café, popular with cyclists, we were stopped and indulged ourselves a ice cream sundaes.

We continued on through golden fields with the sun really blazing down. We actually stopped in Hutton Cranswick and sat in the shade on our trailers to take a break. We were soon onto a wonderful cycle

track on into Beverley which begins near the turning to Cherry Burton.

Beverley Minster

Our route through Beverley took us right past a big supermarket where we bought some goodies and across the main road on a bridge to Bulls Farm ccc. Here they had a dedicated E-bike charging station and beautiful showers.

I hadn’t been able to find another site and thought we would have another 60 miles day but the lovely lass recommended another site near Pocklington so that was Thursday sorted.

Thursday 11th October

It was a good job we had another site booked as when we awoke, there was a thick fog. So we had a slow start and the sun burned it off by the time we left at 10am.

The route was a return on the good tracks up to Cherry Burton. We did make a wrong turn near Etton and this added a few miles. Komoot was trying to take us off onto the Hudson Way which is a gravel track. Another cyclist helped us find a beautiful road into Market Weighton which is also blessed with free public toilets.

Market Weighton public loos

We then rode on to Pocklington and again treated ourselves to ice cream. Komoot was supposed to take us to Old York forest campsite near Allerthorpe. Oh dear, it didn’t work too well. There was a horrible track and a chap told us it might be shut. He gave us lovely ice cold flavoured water without us even asking. Then another local came along that way on a rickety old Hercules and said the gates weren’t locked. I had to walk some of it but once past the gates there was a lovely private road and were soon at the campsite. Here we had a hookup so got the batteries filled. There was also a shower and washing up room.

Friday 12th August 2022

We had checked the temperatures and knew it was going to be a hot day so hot away by 7.00am. I had seen the moon go down and half an hour later the sun popped up in the eastern sky. Magic.

Moon going down about 5am
Sun rise 6am

We found a much easier route into Pocklington but there was a difficult broad crossing that had us waiting a while. From the town we climbed up up Millington and I was taken by the shadows on the hills and what I presume are remains of the lady ice age. It did look a bit musty further north though. After the climb it was down into Thixendale , a beautiful U shaped dry chalk valley cut out in the last ice age.

Humps and hollows
Look at the tree shadows
Up Thixendale

Second breakfast was in the village and again we were offered water. People are kind. It was a daily easy climb and then a decent through Leavening and down into Norton.

There is a cycle path to Rillington but it’s a bit narrow and rough and stupidly crosses the A64 without benefit of a crossing. I did have my trailer over turn at one point but no harm done.

We were soon in Rillington as the track was faster than the queuing traffic caused by a sink hole appearing last week and now being repaired.

The total mileage was 157 miles. YTD 2808 miles


Responses

  1. I very much liked your sun and moon shots. Komoot seems to have some drawbacks as a route suggester but you look to have had a fine ride anyway.

  2. Much of this area I am familiar with. The Coach and Horses pub at Rillington has an amazing collection of pot cats. At least they did have in 2010 when I was there. 350 in total. I wonder if they are still there.https://meanqueen-lifeaftermoney.blogspot.com/2010/07/pussy-cat-pub.html


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