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NORTH YORKS MOORS

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IT’S NOT EX­ACTLY a best-kept-se­cret bik­ing des­ti­na­tion; the good old North Yorks Moors is pop­u­lar be­cause it com­bines dreamy, wide-open nat­u­ral scenery, a crack­ing mix of rid­ing and the wel­come prox­im­ity of prime coastal des­ti­na­tions and their lip-smack­ing sup­ply of fresh, suc­cu­lent fish and chips. Boxed-in by fast, rolling Aroads on all sides, the Na­tional Park cov­ers more than 500 square miles but the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion of 23,000 more than dou­bles with tourist traf­fic mid-sea­son, so un­less you en­joy rid­ing be­hind a car­a­van train choose your Moors mo­ment with care.

The most fa­mous ride in the area is the Helm­s­ley TT — the B1257 is a well-rid­den

path that owes its rep­u­ta­tion as a lo­cal race-track to the 1970s, 80s and 90s more than the sen­si­ble new mil­len­nium. On the other side of the park, the real racing is re­served for Oliver’s Mount cir­cuit in Scar­bor­ough, and events such as the Cock O’ The North races on June 22-24.

WHEN TO GO Early sum­mer or au­tumn — just avoid the school hol­i­days, when the roads get busier. HOW TO GET THERE The A1 is a hop away to the west, but com­ing up from the south through the Lin­colnshire Wolds, over the Humber Bridge and across the East Rid­ing is more fun. WHERE TO STAY The Ge­orge And Dragon in Kir­by­moor­side; great food and a good pint. WHERE TO RIDE Find our favourite North Yorks Moors loop at www.ride.co.uk/routes

A late-af­ter­noon or early even­ing blast across the moors is a rare treat, es­pe­cially if traf­fic’s light

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