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Mountain Bike Routes - Pickering
Mountain Bike Route - Pickering - Lockton - Levisham - Cropton Forest
A 21 mile route over roads, tracks, and bridleways. Much of the route follows the scenic Newton Forest Drive through Cropton Forest. Care should be taken on the first 5 miles of the route which follows the busy A169 to Whitby. The first half of the route entails a lot of uphill work but once the northernmost point of the route is reached it is downhill all the way back!
For the visitor, Pickering is probably best known for the North York Moors Railway, its Norman Castle and the Beck Isle Museum. The 11th Century parish church of St Peter and St Paul contains many interesting features and is well worth a visit.
A long village which had a number of manors in the Middle Ages. The 13th Century church of St Andrew and St Giles has a number of interesting features including a carved oak pulpit made in 1688. The old school house is now a YHA hostel.
The disused church of St John the Baptist in the valley to the south of the village occupies the site of one originally built to serve the manors of both Lockton and Levisham. The pretty village provides a good stop for a well earned rest after the effort of getting up to it. The Horseshoe Inn at the north end serves bar meals.
Not really a village but more a collection of farms. At one time the area was served by a chapel, a school and a Post Office, all now turned into holiday homes or private houses. The road north out of Stape follows the course of a Roman road which crossed Wheeldale Moor to Eskdale.
Another long village, it displays an interesting variety of buildings ranging from crock timbered cottages to Georgian and Regency houses. The church of St Andrew, with its 11th Century tower, contains a number of pre-Conquest stone crosses. The Middleton Arms does bar meals.
Total Distance - 21 miles
Approx Cycling Time - 3 hours