This week Mark Ayton brings us a great collection of routes to show off the stunning countryside and history of the North Yorkshire Moors.

According to Mark, “the North Yorkshire Moors offer some of the very best cycling in the UK” and we have to agree. The scenery is beautiful, the roads are quiet and there are lots of steep hills to challenge the legs.

For this particular collection, Mark has used his extensive knowledge of the area to capture some of the very best routes and climbs (some official, some not) on lovely sunny days.

Caper Hill (OC-149) and Rosedale Chimney (OC-55)

Caper Hill (Official UK climb #149, length 1.2km, height gain 174m) and the more famous Rosedale Chimney (Official climb #55, length 1.4km, height gain 179m). Like all the best hills, both are visible in the far distance as you approach them just to intimidate you.
19.41KM
DISTANCE
57:55
DURATION
542M
ELEVATION

Egton High Moor (OC-150)

The climb from Egton Bridge up onto Egton High Moor is the longest climb in the North Yorkshire Moors at over 7km in length. The good news is the steep section comes early and the reward for the long gradual drag to the summit is the stunning scenery in this isolated part of the moors.
21.79KM
DISTANCE
53:32
DURATION
427M
ELEVATION

Lousy Hill Lane

All three roads out of Littlebeck are great climbs. The East route up Lousy Hill Lane isn’t as tough as in the West climb up Little Beck Lane, but it is the prettiest!

17.64KM
DISTANCE
43:47
DURATION
399M
ELEVATION

Robin Hood's Bay

The most popular historic village clinging to the cliffs of North Yorkshire is Robin Hood’s Bay. Known in the past for smuggling, legend has it that goods could get from the sea to the top of the village without seeing daylight!
22.91KM
DISTANCE
56:28
DURATION
453M
ELEVATION

Stoupe Brow

This climb is a hidden gem, tucked away on the North Yorkshire coast between Whitby and Scarborough at Ravenscar. The road is a dead-end, so to do the climb, you have to descend it first, but the view of the North Yorkshire Coast makes it worthwhile.
10.47KM
DISTANCE
30:28
DURATION
343M
ELEVATION

Grosmont to Goathland

The pretty village of Goathland trades on its role years ago in the UK TV series Heartbeat, plus the steam trains that visit in the Summer. Starting just outside of Grosmont, the ride takes back roads to Goathland and then climbs out of the village to finish high on Sleights Moor.
37.57KM
DISTANCE
13.09
DURATION
434M
ELEVATION

Rosedale to Whitby

There are significant climbs out of the villages of Rosedale and Egton and since this is North Yorkshire, plenty of smaller bumps along the way. The last 10km follow the finish of the 240km Open Cycling Coast-to-Coast-in-a-Day and is a lovely fast run to the seaside at Whitby.
28.48KM
DISTANCE
1:03:56
DURATION
478M
ELEVATION

Whitby to Kettleness

The ride starts in Whitby by the famous whale bone, travels north along the coast to Sandsend and up the testing Lythe Bank before using quiet country lanes to Kettleness. After climbing out of Kettleness, the route returns to Whitby back through Sandsend.
22.81KM
DISTANCE
52:43
DURATION
414M
ELEVATION

Sleights Moor (OC-147)

As Simon Warren says in his 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs book, “there are so many 33% hill signs in North Yorkshire, they must have got a bulk deal”. The climb starting at the steam railway in the Grosmont up onto Sleights Moor and with a length of 3km with 177m it’s tough!
29.19KM
DISTANCE
1:10:25
DURATION
560M
ELEVATION

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