Your next great ride
NORTH YORKS MOORS
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