Route Scarborough loop Distance 70 miles Time required 2 to 3 hours Brief description A short but sweet route that takes in Oliver’s Mount as well as some great local roads
As the UK mainland’s only road racing circuit, Oliver’s Mount in Scarborough is well worth a visit. Whether you choose to make a date to watch road racing heroes duke it out at one of the regular meetings, or just pop there on a nonrace day, Oliver’s is a great place to start a rideout around the Yorkshire countryside.
The circuit is open all year round and as well as a track it is also a public road. Take a few seconds to notice the trees, narrowness of the track and various other obstacles that line the side of the tarmac. Anyone who races there deserves serious respect!
Starting from Oliver’s Mount Café at the highest point of the circuit, head along the A171 that leads through Harwood Dale Forest and up towards Whitby. Use caution as there are corners that can catch out the unwary.
While you are there, stop off at the Dracula Experience. What’s the connection between Whitby and Dracula? In Bram Stoker’s book Dracula’s boat ran aground there.
After dodging the vampires take the A169 through the North York Moors National Park and Goathland Moor. This undulating road is a popular destination so keep an eye out for the police and watch your speed.
Most stop for an ice cream (or maybe a hot coffee this time of year) along the way before entering Pickering and taking the A170 back to Scarborough, which leads back to the café at Oliver’s Mount. The racing and hillclimb season has finished for this year but will resume in April 2017 with the Spring Cup Road Races, a favourite of all the big-name racers as well as MCN’S very own Adam Child.
CLOCKWISE FROM SCARBOROUGH A170 – Pickering RIGHT AT ROUNDABOUT A169 – Whitby RIGHT AT ROUNDABOUT A171 – Scarborough ANTI CLOCKWISE FROM SCARBOROUGH A171 – Whitby LEFT AT ROUNDABOUT A169 – Pickering LEFT AT ROUNDABOUT A170 – Scarborough
Pack your panniers with garlic to ward off vampires