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Old 09-24-2009, 06:22 PM   #1
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Today's mini Adventure in North Yorkshire, England.

I thought I would share the ride I took today.
Only 100 miles, but I thought I would make the most of my new WR250F (the eagle eyed amongst you might recognise it from here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=389446 as I have just bought it of my mate Jim) and the glorious weather and take the day to explore the Yorkshire Moors in Northern England. I have just moved here from the South coast of England so it's all new to me.

I took the bike in the van to Sutton Bank then headed South to a couple of byways near Oldstead.






From word go the views were stunning and the lanes were great fun.
Taken here.


Some of the locals took an interest.
Taken here.

Then I took a run down past the Yorkshire Gliding club and the White Horse.


Taken here.

Before taking some lanes running SE out of Carlton Husthwaite over to Brandsby and then NE over to Cawton. No pics from around there as I was a tad busy navigating down some seriously overgrown lanes...

I took a quick break (excuse the pun) to visit my buddy Sean whilst he recuperates from his broken wrists sustained trail riding in the area. For some reason he didn't fancy a spin on the WR.

From Sean's I headed over to the sweet little lane above Ampleforth Abbey, then dropped down to Helmsley to top off the tank and grab a bit to eat.


Taken here.

From Helmsley I headed to Gillamoor to scope out the next lane.




Taken here.

Lund Road was as much fun as it looks, so I stopped for a few pics at the top.




From there I headed up to Monket House Crags, which was a lot steeper than the pics look.








Taken here.

The climb from there was great fun, with loads of water runs to wheelie over.
The views from the top were pretty cool too.



Taken here.

From the top I carried on West to Cow Sike, then took the road down to the southern end of Rudland Rigg, which was somewhat longer than the average Hampshire lane.







Taken here.

Rudland Rigg is an easy ride, which I chose deliberately as I was on my own. Being off the beaten track (I only saw two people all day) a difficult track isn't too wise.








Taken here.

The views as I headed North were absolutely stunning.







I realised I was being buzzed just as I was putting the camera away.

Taken here.








Taken here.

The drop down Ingleby Bank was steep and a little lairy but nothing too bad. I can see it will be before long as it's suffering from water erosion quite badly, despite from the look of it being fairly recently regraded.
Views were corking tho.






Taken here.

From there I headed to Kirkby.
A sign of things to come:



Yes, that's the next lane running across that cliff face.


Taken here.



Taken here.

And what a lane!

Fanfeckingtastic!
Steep. Narrow. Slippery. Did I mention steep?
These pics DO NOT do it justice.





Taken here.

I didn't stop for any pics as I dropped off the hill south as I was too busy with gates. There are a LOT of gates in the Moors.
I did pause to make friends with some locals when I hit tarmac tho.






Taken here.

The next lane took a bit of finding, as it's start tucked away in a farm (and 1:50K maps aren't the best.) but with a little help from a local landowner I found it. And I am so glad I did. Probably the best lane I did tbh. Very steep and rocky, with boggy bits interspersed as it runs in a V shapped gully, and certainly a little hard work required, especially with more gates to contend with. Great fun tho.



Taken here.

The drop off the other side wasn't quite as steep, but very rough and just as much fun.


Taken here.

From there I headed for the hardest ascent of the day.
Steep with lot's of 12"-18" steps on polished (by spinning wheels) rock.
Hard (I stalled out three times - I miss my rekluse!) but VERY satisfying and top fun.
No pics as I was a tad busy tho.
I did take one when I got to the road the other end tho.

Taken here.

Unfortunately the run south from there over Arden Great Moor has been TRO'd so I then had a long run on the road around to Kepwick for the last lane of the day over to Arden Hall

Taken here.
before running back to the van on the road.

That's all folks!
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Old 09-24-2009, 06:57 PM   #2
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thanks for sharing, nice photos
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Old 09-24-2009, 07:23 PM   #3
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That must of beeing a really nice ride!
Sceneries are awesome!
Thanks for sharing!
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Old 09-24-2009, 09:46 PM   #4
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sweet little gully between the rock fence and under the trees.


nice photos and a spectacular day there!
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Old 09-24-2009, 09:47 PM   #5
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Thanks for the Photos

Your pictures remind me of the long mynd in Shropshire. I took a drive along the long mynd in May and loved the scenery. I did not make it to Yorkshire, but maybe on my next trip. Thank you for posting
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Old 09-25-2009, 03:52 AM   #6
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Beautiful ride, and pics!! Thanks for the supersize pics!!
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Old 09-25-2009, 08:51 AM   #7
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Thanks for the supersize pics!!
hey I reduced em to 40% of the originals.
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Old 09-25-2009, 09:04 AM   #8
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hey I reduced em to 40% of the originals.
Try harder next time..
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Old 09-25-2009, 09:15 AM   #9
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Try harder next time..
No.

Leave the 1990s and get a bigger screen.

Or simply don't bother looking at my threads.


The choice is yours.:)
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Old 09-25-2009, 09:21 AM   #10
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Very nice! I am surprised at the vegetation and the fact that you have access to such primitive places to ride. In my typical American ignorance of anyone else's country I thought yours was completely covered by forest, jealously guarded farmland off-limits to riding, or covered up in cities and villages. The highest parts of your ride look surprisingly like my old stomping grounds in the high deserts of Wyoming and the forested/farmland mix looks a lot like my new home in Virginia!

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Virginia:



What a great place to ride on your great new toy! Thanks for the report and for opening my eyes a bit more to the bigger World .

Doug

P.S. If the pictures are too big for your teeny monitor you can do CTRL - to shrink the screen size (and CTRL + makes 'em bigger). Learnt that on ADVRider.com.
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Old 09-25-2009, 10:19 AM   #11
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Adamabel
Great pictures and would have loved to been able to ride while we there
for the 4 weeks 3 wks in Malvern touring there and 1 wk in London while in London we rode the tube and the busses and did all the tourist things I want to go back, great RR and Pictures.
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Old 09-25-2009, 01:48 PM   #12
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Very nice! I am surprised at the vegetation and the fact that you have access to such primitive places to ride. In my typical American ignorance of anyone else's country I thought yours was completely covered by forest, jealously guarded farmland off-limits to riding, or covered up in cities and villages. The highest parts of your ride look surprisingly like my old stomping grounds in the high deserts of Wyoming and the forested/farmland mix looks a lot like my new home in Virginia!
We have nowhere near as much stunning scenery as you guys, but what we do have is generally good stuff.

Most of the bigger (tiny in comparison to yours) areas of open land are National parks. http://www.nationalparks.gov.uk/

Unfortunately many people believe they have sole right to using the countryside (aspecially the National Parks) for quiet pastimes (walking/climbing/horse riding etc) and vehicles have no place there, despite it being perfectly legal to do so on the correct rights of way. There is increasing pressure for the authorities to exclude bothe 4x4 and MC recreational use so we have in the last few years lost 100s of miles of what were legal trails and continue to do so at an alarming rate.

Gotta make the most of it while we can.
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Old 09-25-2009, 05:12 PM   #13
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Old 09-25-2009, 05:44 PM   #14
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Adam,

tons of brilliant pics mate !

Good to know that parts of Old Blighty are still intact.

Your name AdamAbel reminds me of a George Eliot novel, Adam Bede (1859).

Not enough RRs from the UK on this site.

Thanks for posting

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