Gravel Bike Coast to Coast: North Yorks Moors
Riding across the Moors with Voom Nutrition
The market town of Northallerton is the county town for North Yorkshire and sits perfectly between the Dales and Moors National Parks. It has ample accommodation options, god places to eat and a great local bike shop too.
Nearby Osmotherley is a gem of a village and leads you to epic riding and wonderful views. The Moors aren’t simply about wild and barren heather, there’s beautiful valleys and lush wooodlands and forests too. We use part of the Moors to Sea route as we approach Robin Hoods Bay, giving you the best opportunity to see the varied landscapes of this quite extraordinary part of Yorkshire.
Stats 142 km 3, 424 metres
Refreshments & Where to Stay
Northallerton is the obvious choice, with ample options for all budgets. There’s also a great Youth Hostel at nearby Osmotherley, then further along at Helmsley too, which is the home of THmas the Baker, so cakes and sandwiches abound in and around the quaint market square. Further along is the famed Lion Inn on the Rosedale moor, and the coast has lots on offer, including great fish and chips!
This section has steep climbs and epic descents along the way, as well as useful tarmac sections that avoid poor trails for the gravel bike and which will help you speed along to better trails. You’ll need to follow the gpx and watch your navigation, especially on the woodland sections. However, the trails are perfect for gravel riding and you’ll ease along to the coast.
Beau Smith, Voom Nutrition
- Take the quiet lanes and tracks from Northallerton that avoid the busier main road, and head towards the village of Bullamoor and the Moors.
- Cross the A19 with care, then ride to the village of Nether Silton, before climbing gently through the forest and onto the Drovers Way.
- Once on the Drovers Way, turn right and climb up to the ridge. After a few short miles of smooth riding, take the bridleway that drops you to the hamlet of Hawnby, then take the trail that weaves through the tree lined valley to beautiful Rievaulx Abbey.
- From Rievaulx, climb the steep road that joins the main road and speeds you down into Helmsley, where ample refreshments await. Our personal favourite is Porters Cafe and their lemon meringue pie.
- A bridleway off Carlton Road at Helmsley then leads you northwards across meadows towards forests, before a track is taken eastwards, leading you through trees on super tracks.
- A series of quiet road sections and super moorland tracks lead you onwards to the Lion Inn in Rosedale.
Beau Smith, Voom Nutrition near Jervaulx Abbey
- Leaving the Lion Inn, initially head north, before skirting around upper Rosedale and then dropping south to Rosedale Abbey.
- Now it’s time to head to Cropton Forest, heading to more forest trails at Broxa. Tracks now lead over the North Yorks Moors Railway and scenes of steam trains. Once over the railway, the epic landscape of the Hole of Horcum awaits, before entering Dalby Forest, where the visitor centre has a great cafe stop and bike shop.
- The Moors and Coast route now helps to guide us, through meadowland and trees that rise and fall, before picking up the easy former railway line at Scalby on the edge of Scarborough, where it provides a cinder track gives easy riding all the way north, to Robin Hoods Bay and the sea!
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