North York Moors Cycling Trip; 19 - 21 April 2013
Many of KDCS and friends arrived on a very sunny Friday evening to the picturesque village of Glaisdale on Friday. The more active had cycled over – from Kendal, Leyburn and even Nelson in Lancashire and deserved a well earned rest in the evening. Others had explored the locality during Friday daytime.

A gentle ride round the dale as the sun set – and up the first climb of the weekend – many more to come – gave us a bit of a understanding of how severe some of the North York Moors hills really are.

Saturday morning saw 6 folk head over to the coast – Whitby and surrounding area, for a beach filled day of exploring. Another 14 headed off toward Cropton Forrest via Wheeldale Moor – with two massive climbs at Egton Bridge before the day had really got under way. From Cropton, some people opted to visit Pickering and take the North York Moors railway back to Goathland – with another steep hill or two back to Glaisdale; others had a sunny lunch stop in the quaint village of Hutton-Le-Hole or nearby Cropton pub & brewery – with a beer festival kindly arranged for Mr Rose.

The afternoon saw three routes back to Glaisdale, via places like Rosedale Abbey, (descending the famous Rosedale Chimney), Blakey Ridge and a lovely valet called “Fryup Dale”. We all met up for an evening meal in the Arncliffe Arms – and people planned various rides and activities on Sunday to suit their own timescales for returning. Jamie and I did a superb off-road route across the moors on shooting tracks and an old railway track on cross bikes.
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