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Mountain Bike Routes - Malton - Wharram Percy
Mountain Bike Route - Malton - Wharram Percy - the Yorkshire Wolds - Kirkham Priory
Cyclists will be able to experience and enjoy the unique character of the Yorkshire Wolds on a route mostly on public roads with a 2 mile bridleway that can be avoided, if preferred, by cycling an extra mile through Thixendale, a typical Wolds village nestling in a steep sided 'dry' valley to the south of the indicated route.
Norton and North Grimston
Norton is probably most widely known as the centre of the horse racing business in the North of England. Some of the gallops and training grounds can be seen on the right of the B1248 on the way to North Grimston. The church there has a wonderful Norman font depicting Christ's decent from the Cross and the Last Supper.
Wharram Percy and Wharram-le-Street
Wharram Percy is the site of a medieval deserted village and is reached by a track leading down from a small car park near Bella Farm. All that remains standing of the original village is the church, but the general layout of the village can be clearly seen and descriptive plaques mark the sight of early vicarages and 14th and 15th Century cottages. The village was abandoned in the 16th century. Wharram-le-Street has an interesting church of Saxon and Norman origins.
The next section of route follows a bridleway and road along the top of a wold from which there are good views to the north across the Vale of Pickering to the North York Moors. From the western end of this section it is possible (on a clear day) to see the White Horse of Kilburn, near Sutton Bank, some 25 miles to the north west and York Minster 14 miles to the south west.
The route continues through the villages of Leavening and Westow to Kirkham where the ruined priory lies in peaceful settings beside the River Derwent. Built by the Augustinians between 1121 and 1125 it was altered and enlarged until the Dissolution of Monasteries when, 1539, it was abandoned. There is a fine stone bridge over the river with tea rooms just the other side.
There are pubs at North Grimston, Westow, Leavening and Kirkham and tea room at the Red House at Wharram-le-Street.
Total Distance - 25 miles
Approx Cycling Time - 3 hours