Ripon and Bedale Cycle Route

Ripon & Bedale Cycle Route

Route Information

Stats:  31 miles and 1300 feet of ascent

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Both Bedale and Ripon offer some good cafes and places to have a bite to eat. Parking is easy and the roads are excellent.


For a variety of reasons, not least of which is to give the guys north of Ripon a good ride out, we’re starting this route from Bedale. However, it’s up to you; just make sure that you read the directions from the right reference number for your own starting point.

From Bedale, the road climbs, but not too significantly. It’s all in proportion, as this is a flattish ride. From Masham, you join the Tour de France route and roll along the excellent road all the way to Ripon. Then it’s a ride along quiet country lanes that offer speedy sections all the way back to Bedale.


1. Climb out of Bedale on the B6268 towards Masham. The initial climbing is not too demanding but is soon rewarded with a good stretch of downhill roading.

2. This road eventually meets a junction with the B6267, just to the east of Masham. Turn right towards Masham and swoop down to the junction with the A6108 Tour de France route.

3. Now dream of riding with the Peloton all the way into Ripon, swooping down into West Tanfield on route, taking care on the descent, which turns sharply left into the village.

4. At the mini roundabout at West Tanfield, turn right towards Ripon, passing through North Stainley. Take some time to view the great statue of a Deer, created by the village locals from bike parts.

5. At the clock tower junction at Ripon, turn right and head into the centre for a brew if you need a refreshment. Oliver’s Pantry is a great cafe, and you can keep the bike in sight, in the yard of the cafe.

6. On leaving Ripon, take the opportunity to ride past the oldest Cathedral in England, riding from the Market Place, down Kirkgate. Turn right onto Bedern Bank, and at the bottom of the short hill, turn right at the roundabout.

7. At the traffic lights turn right and climb High Skellgate up to the centre again, then turning left at the next lights onto Westgate. At the next junction turn right onto Blossomgate, passing ‘Moonglu Performance Cycles’. Keeping straight on, this road joins Kirkby Road, which is climbed out of Ripon in the direction of Kirkby Malzeard.

8. Open country with neat hedgerows brings a steady climb. This eases off, with a fenced military training area to your left, and the road begins to twist steadily down. A short distance later the road bends sharply left, with a narrow junction on the apex of the bend, on the right. Take this road signed for ‘Mickley’. An initial climb soon eases and a narrow tree lined lane twists its way to a T junction. Turn right.

9. This narrow lane, Nusterfield Lane, leads in turn to another small junction, where you again turn right and head down to the A6108 again. On reaching the junction with the A6108 turn left towards West Tanfield and ride over the bridge to the mini roundabout by the Bruce Arms.

10. At the roundabout go straight on towards Bedale and Well, climbing steeply out of the village. At the next crossroads turn right onto the B6267 for a short distance, passing through Nosterfield before turning left towards Carthorpe after the quarry works and ponds.

11. This excellent flat road allows you to open things up as you ride through Carthorpe and Burneston all the way back to Bedale.

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Boroughbridge and Aldwark Bridge

Boroughbridge & Aldwark

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Stats:  38 miles and 895 feet of ascent

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Parking and cafes abound in Boroughbridge, and along the route; park either by the river or behind the High Street.


Flat – simply that. This is a great little ride around the Vale of York, on roads that will allow you to open things up and enjoy the views of the North Yorks Moors in the distance, before heading for home, where it rolls a bit more as you look towards the Dales, then heading back to Boroughbridge.


1. Head out of Boroughbridge via the canal roundabout, taking the road towards Milby and Helperby. After less than a quarter mile, a turning to the right should be taken. Stay on this flat and fast stretch of road all the way to the junction with Thornton Bridge. At that junction turn right signed ‘Helperby’.

2. At Helperby a T junction is reached opposite ‘The Oak Tree Inn’ – turn right and cycle through this large Georgian village, continuing on along the flat lane that winds through delightful countryside, all the way to Flawith. Once through this small hamlet a turning right into a very narrow lane is signed for ‘Aldwark’.

3. Aldwark takes you back towards the River Ouse, twisting along the narrow lane, and exiting right onto the road to Aldwark Bridge. Rattle across the wooden planks of this private toll bridge, then turning right again and cycling through Great Ouseburn.

4. At the junction with the B6265 turn right towards Boroughbridge. This is a fast road, so be careful to look out for cars travelling at high speed. Thankfully, we’ll be turning off it very soon.

5. A short and easy climb leads soon to a turning left, signed for ‘Marton’. Take this and climb Gallaber lane steadily to Marton Cum Grafton village, passing two crossroads on route to the A168 (Old A1). Turn left onto the A168 and then turn right towards Arkendale some 400 yards along, crossing over the A1M on a narrow, winding lane.

6. This lane winds along hedgerows to the small hamlet of Arkendale. Passing the church on your left, turn right just by the Blue Bell Inn, signed to ‘Staveley’ and ‘Copgrove’. A short distance after leaving the village, cross the busy A6055 with care, then cycling through Staveley, turning right after the church, signed for ‘Copgrove’. Whilst still reasonably flat, the roads begin to roll slightly more now, adding interest to tired legs.

7. At Copgrove, a small church is seen on the right, where the road bends sharply left towards Burton Leonard, then dipping down and crossing over ‘Robert beck’ a small stream with a delightful bridge. Shortly after crossing the bridge, turn right signed for Ripon.

8. This delightful lane rises at first, before easing off and taking you through Bishop Monkton on route to Ripon (6 miles). We will shortly retrace part of the route, to Bishop Monkton on our ride back to Boroughbridge.

9. For now though, stay on this lane until it reaches the A61 Ripon Bypass, turning right and riding down to the roundabout by Dallamires Lane. At the roundabout, turn right onto Littlethorpe Raod and cycle along this narrow, twisting tree lined lane until it crosses under an old railway bridge and ends at a T-junction with the Bishop Monkton Road once again. Turn left and cycle back to Bishop Monkton.

10. At the small crossroads at Bishop Monkton, turn left towards Roecliffe and Boroughbridge. Once free of Bishop Monkton village, this narrow lane proves to be one of the fastest stretches for cycling in the area, so enjoy!

11. Pass through the village of Roecliffe, and consider stopping at the renowned ‘Crown Inn’. Failing that, continue on and cycle under the A1M and back to your start point at Boroughbridge.

This ride can also be started at Ripon or Helperby – just amend the order of the directions above.

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Kilham and Bridlington

Kilham & Bridlington

Route Information

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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