Hambleton Hills Road Cycling
Stats: 24.5 miles and 3002 feet of ascent
Lots at Sutton Bank. You can also drop into Osmotherley for a cup of tea and cake, and a great selection of Ales at the Queen Catherine Inn.
This route rises and falls around the Hambleton Hills, with a cracking climb at the finish, ascending the famous twists of White Horse Bank. Prepare yourself and fit a useful cassette. Along the way it crosses through the National Cycle Route at Silton woods, so is best suited to a touring/ hybrid or cross-bike.
1. Start the route at the National Park Visitor Centre at Sutton Bank. Take a slight left onto the Cleveland Road towards Hawnby.
2. Turn right at Sneck Yate Bank and descend to the bridge, before tackling the steep climb to Hawnby. Twist right at the village before heading left and taking the road (route 65) towards Osmotherley.
3. The roads rolls and climbs, all the way to ‘Square Corner, where you turn left and follow the well made track on the left, up to Silton Woods, going through the gate on the right and descending the track towards Nether Silton. At the minor lane junction turn right towards Kepwick.
4. Climb to Kepwick village and turn right at the junction, ‘signed for Cowersby’. After 1 mile a junction left is taken to Cowersby.
5. Ride through Cowersby to Kirby Knowle, then on to Felixkirk. Minor junction just before Felixkirk – turn right. At Felixkirk, when the Carpenters Arms Public House is seen on the right, turn left into the minor lane, which in turn leads to Sutton Under Whitestonecliffe. This is a super pub, so you may want to explore it!
6. At Sutton under Whitestonecliffe turn left onto the A170. Ride with care, through the village and out, before taking the minor (almost hidden turning) on the right towards Kilburn (home of Mouseman furniture).
7. Once at Kilburn, pluck up courage and take the imposing climb of Whitehorse Bank that twists up 25% to the Hambleton ridge, levelling out by the gliding club. Take a breath and cycle along the lane to the A170 and the visitor centre once more.
Give yourself a pat on the back if you got up White Horse without walking!