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North Yorkshire Ride Report(46 posts)

North Yorkshire Ride ReportMJ
May 18, 2003 1:04 PM
I live in London but had a chance to put in 80 miles when visiting in-laws in Teesside. Teesside is roughly 250 miles north of London on the northeast coast of England. The name 'Teesside' is taken from the river Tees. They live just north of Middlesbrough. This will give an approximate location:,505000&st=4&ar=N&mapp=newmap.srf&searchp=newsearch.srf

I rode from Teesside to the North Yorkshire Moors ("NYM" )started a 35 mile loop at Westerdale. Here's a map of the NYM loop:,495000&st=4&ar=N&mapp=newmap.srf&searchp=newsearch.srf
May 18, 2003 2:27 PM
The northeast and Teesside in particular was known for heavy industry and petrochemicals - after a collapse of those industries there is high unemployment. It's not a pretty place.

Someone told me that Ridley Scott came up with Alien after visiting Teesside - not surprising.
Alien picMJ
May 18, 2003 2:28 PM
River TeesMJ
May 18, 2003 2:30 PM
at high tide - most of the UK has tidal rivers - Middlesbrough is right on the North Sea
entering North YorkshireMJ
May 18, 2003 2:33 PM
after leaving Middlesbrough I head due South towards Great Ayton and the countryside - above Great Ayton is Roseberry Topping which is a familiar local landmark
Great Ayton is the boyhood home of Captain CookMJ
May 18, 2003 2:35 PM
Cleveland HillsMJ
May 18, 2003 2:39 PM
quite a pastoral scene this one - lots of sheep - behind them the Cleveland Hills the most rugged feature of the NYM
"Oncoming Vehicles in Middle Of Road"MJ
May 18, 2003 2:41 PM
the sign has a way of making you pay attention...
Kildale football pitchMJ
May 18, 2003 2:44 PM
a bit lonely this one - but they're everywhere
first serious signMJ
May 18, 2003 2:49 PM
at this point I'm 20 miles in - 5 miles from the start of the 35 mile NYM loop - I've been climbing steadily since the River Tees - here'e where things get serious

the sign says 20% up 15% down for the next 2.5 miles (it gets steeper after that)

you can see the road begin to climb on to the Moor in the background

also in the background is a tractor that had just passed me - funny the grade of the hill didn't bother him or his two buddies at all
Moor road north of WesterdaleMJ
May 18, 2003 2:52 PM
and this is where I've been heading
Westerdale FordMJ
May 18, 2003 2:55 PM
before Westerdale is a ford - lots of sheep around - the ford is at the bottom of a steep valley with 20% grades on either side
Danby Castle RuinsMJ
May 18, 2003 2:57 PM
with the weather closing in
Little Fryup BeckMJ
May 18, 2003 3:09 PM
Tolkien's landscape
up to Danby High MoorMJ
May 18, 2003 3:00 PM
"Single Track Road
No Passing Places
Not Suitable for Lorries"

pretty well sums it up
Danby High MoorMJ
May 18, 2003 3:03 PM
the NYM loop has 4000 feet of climbing over 35 miles and goes over the highest part of the NYM

I don't normally see hill like this or empty roads like this in London...
Little Fryup Beck from the MoorMJ
May 18, 2003 3:11 PM
421 metersMJ
May 18, 2003 3:06 PM
is the highest point on the route - I can't see the sinister North Sea but I can look back across the Moor to see the top of Roseberry Topping above Great Ayton
Down into Rosedale AbbeyMJ
May 18, 2003 3:13 PM
my steepest climb everMJ
May 18, 2003 3:20 PM
as you may have guessed - this isn't a huge landscape with grinding long ascents and descents - it's a compact and bleak landscape with lots of brutal short aggresive climbs

I used my triple on almost every climb - I do not think I would ever be able to complete this ride with a double

this sign indicates that half a mile ahead lies a climb which is 1 in 3 - a 33% grade - for every three feet forward the hill climbs one foot - it's only a half mile long (if that) but it was difficult - my front wheel was lifting off every pedal stroke for most of the way up - I had to stop twice - gravity, physics and oxygen depletion humbled me but gave a great show for the passing motorists
Thanks for the great picshumbert
May 18, 2003 3:22 PM
I fondly remember Yorkshire, although I was not in the northern part but in Tadcaster and York. Our honeymoon included a tour of the Samuel Smith brewerey ( my idea ) and an ovrnight in York on our way to Scotland. I have vowed to go back, and when we do we are bringing the bikes.
May 18, 2003 3:23 PM
and hail on Low Blakey Moor finally caught me - the weather had been chasing me all day - it's England - it rains - you get used to it - I took temporary shelter under a tree
stone wall and weatherMJ
May 18, 2003 3:25 PM
on Low Blakey Moor
jelly legs and a 20% gradeMJ
May 18, 2003 3:28 PM
this is where I realised I had not eaten enough (pasta for breakfast!)or brought enough food (snickers!) - I took a few photo breaks on the way up...
Blakey Gill ValleyMJ
May 18, 2003 3:31 PM
this is a fine example of the second break
These are awesome. Its nice to see something outside the USKristin
May 19, 2003 8:30 AM
Thanks for sharing. Its amazing how the camera and the eye can deceive. It doesn't look like 20%, but I have no doubt. There are a couple of good false flats around here. You end up churning along in your 39x22 and its getting harder to pedal and you can't figure out why.
These are awesome. Its nice to see something outside the USMJ
May 20, 2003 11:22 PM

you're a photographer right? any tips on how can you show a 20% grade in a picture? - luckily I had road signs to demonstrate!
back on top of Danby Moor (west side)MJ
May 18, 2003 3:34 PM
and I return to my familiar friends and their scatological offerings

it's not far back to Westerdale and my route home

hope you enjoyed the pictures
Thanks so muchNigeyy
May 18, 2003 5:56 PM
Brings back memories -some parts of the moors are so beautiful. Course, that sky is still cloudy and Middlesborough still looks a bit grim.....
It's so nice to see ride reports from other countries.High Gear
May 18, 2003 6:00 PM
Beautiful land. I live in New England. We have great riding here, but nothing like the old rolling terrain you road through. Not many places here have 20% paved climbes!

Great photos, it must have been a great ride...rwbadley
May 18, 2003 6:27 PM
I can imagine the smell of the fields and greenery; must have been grand. Lovely deserted roads with hills and twisties, what more could one ask for? Thanks,

Great Stuff...more please (nm)Scot_Gore
May 18, 2003 7:54 PM
anytime you can make it over :-) - nmMJ
May 19, 2003 7:16 AM
Actually MightScot_Gore
May 19, 2003 8:46 AM
1) My company has an office in Bracknell that it's looking like they might need me later this year.
2) My wife has been buggin me for 2 years for a trip to England
3) My fathers side has never known their European origins, some (distant) cousins who have been researching the line think they may have found the immigrant. The records are in a church parish house in St. Nicholas at Wade, which is out on the way to the Chunnel from London. I'd like to see if I can see them.

In any event, planets are aligning, we'll see.

Actually MightMJ
May 20, 2003 11:25 PM
I have an extra bike you can use (assuming it'll fit you) - just bring your pedals and shoes
great shotsPatrick
May 19, 2003 12:58 AM
Terrific shots, how about some of the bike? What bike were you on? I've done some riding in Peak District (Hathersage, Hope Valley etc) but It's not as lonesame as NYM.
great shotsMJ
May 19, 2003 7:19 AM
the bike is a custom steel Donohue cyclocross bike with Campy 10 Daytona - I'll get some of the bike next time

the Peaks are always nice but you're right it's not as bleak - more fairytale - Hope Valley is great
May 19, 2003 10:06 AM
My wife keeps wanting to take a vacation in Britain - if there's roads and rides like this, I may have to agree to her idea!

Thanks for the great report!
beautiful shotsbianchi boy
May 18, 2003 6:03 PM
I would ride in the rain to see that kind of scenery.
A bit different from Londonboneman
May 19, 2003 12:37 AM
MJ, nice pics and nice ride. You do it this past weekend? Weather in town was everchanging and not nice. You mentioned the climbs and the wet, how was the wind?
A bit different from LondonMJ
May 19, 2003 7:22 AM

yeah I was out on Sunday

weather here was tough - I had to shelter on four separate occasions from heavy rain and hail... I enjoyed the rest, er, shelter, stops

the wind was terrible - it was 15-25mph from the southwest all day - so for the first half of the ride it was in my face
brilliant pictures and report (nm)!philippec
May 19, 2003 1:00 AM
re: North Yorkshire Ride ReportBikeViking
May 19, 2003 5:51 AM
Great pictures...Since I started riding more seriously about a year ago, I haven't really ridden any terrain that goes "up". VA peninsulas are pretty darn flat (except for your Interstate overpasses!)

I see pictures like that and I only hope I have the mental fortitude to ride them like you and all other "climbers" do.

Great pix

re: North Yorkshire Ride ReportMJ
May 19, 2003 7:27 AM

those kind of hills are real gut checks for me - the (generally) short brutish nature of them is remarkable

whenever Eager Beagle and I ride (usually in Surrey - which does have some good hills but nothing like NYM) I always tell him I want to have my soul crushed on a hill by the day's end - the jelly legs picture is where my soul was crushed on Sunday
awesome, thanks!!! nmJS Haiku Shop
May 19, 2003 6:52 AM
Absolutely gorgeous. Thx. (nm)irregardless
May 19, 2003 8:41 AM