Abbeys and Climbs Bike Route


    One of the most superb and scenic bike rides anywhere in the UK, with a few testing climbs along the way

Route Information

Stats: 53 km and 650 metre of ascent

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Refreshments & Where to Stay

Easingwold has everything that you need, as does historic Helmsley. Porters tea rooms in Helmsley serve the very best cake and coffee. Helmsley would be a superb holiday location, with its castle, nearby Reivaulx Abbey and so many great places to eat. The roads nearby are ideal for all cyclists too.

Larisa at Newburgh Priory along this route


Heading from the calm flat roads of Easingwold, the route soon climbs and takes in some tough hills, passing by historic abbeys and buildings along the way. Riding on mainly quiet roads, this is one of the best rides you’ll find anywhere in the UK.


  1. Head out of Easingwold towards Crayke. However, at the edge of Easingwold take the road left (Oulston Road) signed towards Oulston and Coxwold.
  2. Climb steeply as you approach the village of Oulston, then descending at speed, passing Newburgh Priory as the exhilarating descent eases off. At Coxwold turn right on the rolling climbs towards Ampleforth.
  3. On reaching Byland Abbey, continue towards Ampleforth passing through Wass village. Continue towards Ampleforth and once through the main part of the village, then take the junction left and climb (Beacon Bank) towards Sproxton. The climb is tough, but once you summit, the descent down through the woodland lined road is straight and fast and epic. Take care, as this is a fast descent.
  4. On reaching the T junction and busy road, turn left and head towards the A170 road junction. At the A170 turn right and ride to Helmsley, descending fast as you approach. Porters tea rooms are on the right just before the market place.
  5. Once refreshed, ride along the A170 for half a mile. As you leave Easingwold, a junction on the right is signed towards ‘Harome’, take this road. It’s a quitre road with tight and twisting descents, so take care as they can surprise you. Once through picturesque Harome, take the minor road on the right signed towards ‘Nunnington.’ After 1.5 km further,turn right towards Nunnington.
  6. Climb gently out of Nunnington and then steadily climb to Hovingham, the childhood home of the Duchess of Kent. Hovingham is a superb place to take a coffee and a few more pictures before continuing on, with sublime meadows and woodland views as you climb steeply towards Brandsby. In particlar, look out for the stone bridge in the meadow on the right,seemingly leading nowhere, but looking quite beautiful.
  7. Just before reaching Brandsby, the seemingly endless steep climbs ease off and you descend on a superb twisting road into Brandsby village. Once through Brandsby turn off right at the junction in trees and climb easily to Crayke village.
  8. At Crayke, once you reach the high point on the main village road, it bends left, but take the junction on the right signed to Easingwold. Only a few easy kilometres now before cake and coffee in Easingwold’s Georgian Market Place.

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Stats:  23 miles and 1200 feet of ascent

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Plenty of parking around the village of Wold Newton. The Anvil Arms in Wold Newton serves lunchtime food Sat and Sun and some evening meals. Advisable to check beforehand. Eastfield Garden Centre near Bridlington has a fantastic coffee shop and is just 0.5 mile from Bridlington


A fast, rolling route that sweeps you along to the coast and back, using superb cycling lanes.


1. From Wold Newton take the Road towards Foxholes and along Butt lane. Ride for 1 mile take the left turn signposted to Thwing. Follow this road up the road to T junction turn left to Thwing.

2. In Thwing, follow the main road until the right turn and sign post to Kilham 4 miles (another Butts Lane!). Follow this road straight on to meet the B1253 (busy road) and straight on and descend, and then take a short climb after the left hand bend, to then drop down towards Thwing. At the bottom of the hill follow the road right and opposite the children’s play area take the left turn which has a No Long Vehicles sign.

3. This short road has a sharp left turn, so beware, and ride safely into Thwing. Go straight on at the give way outside the Bay Horse pub and follow this road, keeping on the main road through the village. Leave the village and keep straight on and start a shallow climb up onto the Roman Road (National Cycle network No 1) ignoring any temptation to turn left or right. The Road is called Woldgate. It was on this road that David Hockney observed many different seasons and recorded what he saw on canvas with paints,and there are some great views from this road. Keep admiring these as you climb all the way up to the radio mast.

4. The road levels off and then drops to the Woldgate Trekking and Livery Centre, then a short climb to drop towards Bridlington and the busy A165.

5. Take a left here – you have two options: either the road or there is a short cycle path on the opposite of the road following the road. Eastfield Garden Centre for a café stop is signposted off to the left just up this road. If you stay on the A165 and this ride route, follow this road to the roundabout and take the first left past the Esso garage.

6. Leave Bridlington and take a left at the Grindale and Burton Fleming road. Follow the main road back towards Wold Newton, passing through Grindale, when the road has a sharp left and right bend to negotiate.

7. Keep on the main road, which is rolling and undulating road as it leads you back to Burton Fleming, and keep on the main road all the way back to your start point.

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Wold Newton

Wold Newton

Route Information

Stats:  10 miles and 650 feet of ascent

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Plenty of parking around the village of Wold Newton. The Anvil Arms serves lunchtime food Sat and Sunday and some evening meals. Advisable to check beforehand. Yorkshire Wolds Gallery has a café at Willerby Wold farm open Weds to Sunday 10am to 4pm.


A 10 mile route along rolling lanes, starting and finishing at Wold Newton Village. 650 foot of ascent, to give you a taste of the riding in this great area. One for the family.


1. From Wold Newton, take Front Street, which is the road in front of the white corner house opposite the duck pond. The road makes its way up and past the church on the right.

2. Carry on the long ascent, to the crossroads marked with a white signpost and go straight on past the Trig Point 133m on the right. Then start the descent down to Fordon; it’s narrow here, so watch out for oncoming vehicle. The road drops to the small Chapel before the crossroads and to the ‘Give Way’ line.

3. Take a left at the crossroads and through the small hamlet of Fordon, and up another hill to reach a flat section of road which you follow for just over a mile, to reach Willerby Wold Farm (refreshment stop). The bigs hills are over!

4. The road reaches a crossroad with the busy B1249. Go straight on at the crossroads and onto a rough road which drops to Ganton Wold Farm, and take a left at the junction and follow this road to Foxholes, meeting the B1249 once again. Take a right onto the B1249 sign posted to Langtoft and Driffield. Cycle the short distance and turn left onto the Meadows, and follow the road around to the right, and then a left to take the road back along to Wold Newton.
Usually a nice following wind at this point for the last few miles back to the start point.

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