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Mountain Bike Routes - Pickering - Rosedale
Mountain Bike Route - Pickering - Rosedale Abbey - North York Moors - Lastingham
Roads, tracks and bridleways pass through forest, moor and dale. There are two steep climbs: from Birch Farm up to the road at Hartoft and up Chimney Bank out of Rosedale Abbey. Please Note: The track running from the top of Chimney Bank SE past Ana Cross to the cross tracks and then SW to the point where it joins the bridleway is footpath only therefore dismounting of mountain bikes is required.
Roman Practice Camps
These are signed 200 metres to the right of the point where the track running north from High Nova Farm meets the road. They lie to the north of the road and were built to train the soldiers of the Legion based in York and should be visited by those interested in Roman fortifications and earthworks.
Rosedale Abbey is the main centre of population in Rosedale, the beautiful valley of the River Seven. The White Horse Farm Hotel and the Milbum Arms, offer bar meals; there are also several tea rooms and a restaurant in the village. The area, now tranquil and given over to entirely peaceful pursuits, shows evidence of its busy industrial past in the remains of mine workings (iron, coal, magnetic ore, jet), reminders of activities which reached their height during the mid 19th Century.
Lastingham and Sinnington
Lastingham was the site of one of the earliest Christian settlements in the North. The church of St Mary contains a beautiful 11th Century crypt of a design which is rare in England. The Blacksmith's Arms across the road was owned by a curate at the end of the 18th Century whose wife ran it to help support their 13 children! Sinnington is a very pretty village with a 12th Century church and a number of fine houses, cottages, chapels and other buildings. The handsome stone bridge across the River Seven was built in 1769 to replace a wooden bridge that was on the same site. The Fox and Hounds at the lower end of the, village does bar meals.
Total Distance - 27 miles
Approx Cycling Time - 4 hours