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Mountain Bike Routes - Helmsley to Bransdale
Mountain Bike Route - Helmsley - Bransdale - Rutland Rigg and St Gregory's Minster
This route will especially appeal to those who wish to see the moors and experience the wild scenery and superb views. There is a choice of route for the ride up to Bransdale: either take the road which goes direct from Helmsley to Bransdale via Carlton or ride via Pockley, Beadlam Rigg, and then by track across Pockley Moor to join the Helmsley/Bransdale road just before it drops down into Bransdale. The latter route is 1 ½ miles longer. Except after a good spell of dry weather much of the track across Pockley Moor can be very muddy.
Bransdale is one of the shortest dales in the area. About 5 miles long, only its northern end is accessible to traffic. At its southern end the Hodge Beck runs out through a narrow sided valley into Sleightholme Dale and then into Kirkdale. At Cockayne there is a small church built in 1886.
The ride along Rudland Rigg is exhilarating and is reached by a track which runs up from Cow Sike. It is worth walking up to the Trig. Point 376 for the view. Follow the track downhill towards Fadmoor where it is difficult to believe that in the 18th Century the area supported a thriving coal mining industry. The section between Fadmoor and Hold Cauldron forms part of the National Park's ‘Links Path' from Helmsley to Scarborough so one can expect to encounter walkers, ride carefully. Remember too that between August and October one may encounter grouse shooting parties on Pockley Moor and Rudland Ridge.
St Gregory's Minster
This beautiful Minster was already old when it was rebuilt from a ruin before the Norman conquest. It stands in an isolated position because it served not a town but a widely scattered community stretching from Bransdale to half way across the Vale of Pickering. Various stone slabs and crosses bear witness to its early history and its architecture reflects restoration and enlargement carried over a period of a thousand years.
Other than the A170 the only pub on route is The Plough at Fadmoor.
Total Distance - 23/25 miles
Approx Cycling Time - 4 hours