This weekend Jane and I headed east to the North Yorkshire Moors, I haven’t done a great deal over there so it was good to explore some new tracks. For those of you who haven’t ridden there, you should, sandy heather lined singletrack speckled with gritstone is the order of the day, it’s a bit like the Peaks, but better, even on a sunny Saturday we hardly saw any other riders.
Our route started from the Lion Inn (http://www.lionblakey.co.uk/) Blakey Ridge (well, that’s where I started it anyway). All was going well the night before the ride until I spotted the sign behind the bar proclaiming they served the perfect pint of Old Peculiar, I’d disagree with that, they served 6 perfect pints. Ho hum.
Our route took us north to Fryup Head and dropped steeply down a great technical trail to the valley which served up some great flowing sections. A short pull up the road took us up onto the next BW and over the top on some classic “This is why we ride”™ singletrack to drop into Danby where we found a cracking cafe, bacon butties and coffee were in order.
The route then climbed to Danby Beacon and after a few photos we headed east down into the valley and through the woods. We popped out of the woods at Delves and then hung a right and headed back up onto the moors, as the sun set we rode through the smoke from heather-burning, retracing our steps across Fryup Head to land back at the pub. It really is worth the trip over there, for more info on the route see here