There can’t be a better way of seeing some of the best sights the Yorkshire Wolds have to offer. The Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Challenge is an opportunity to tour the market towns and beautiful rolling countryside of parts of East and North Yorkshire; a chance to pause and soak up the views with friends. 
This two-day ride is no walk in the park but you can tackle it how you like, whether that’s competing with friendly rivals, trying to beat your best time or taking it steady as you take in the sights. In this week’s blog, we’re looking at some of the wonderful points of interest you’ll pass on this 144-mile journey. 
The route begins at Norton College, near Malton, and follows a circular route developed by the charity Sustrans in 2011, taking in elements of National Cycle Routes 1, 66, 164, 166 and 167. It’s a well-signed ride on quiet country lanes, covering approximately 72 miles on each of its two days, Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 3 July 2022. 
The ride goes clockwise one year, anti-clockwise the next and this year it’s the latter direction, heading out of Norton straight onto the hills of the north-western edge of the Wolds. After some challenging climbs, riders are rewarded with one of the most picturesque views of the entire route, the beautiful village of Thixendale, which nestles into its own little valley. 
(Beverley Westwood) 
After passing through the local nature reserve at Millington Woods, the route goes through the market towns of Pocklington, Market Weighton and Beverley, crossing the beautiful Westwood Pasture and passing the historic Beverley Minster. Riders then turn north and head for the halfway camp in Hutton Cranswick. 
(Burton Agnes Hall) 
The next segment passes the early 17th century manor house Burton Agnes Hall before heading into Bridlington and enjoying the wide cliff top route up to Sewerby and its stunning views over Bridlington Bay. Then there’s a detour to visit the spectacular sheer cliffs at the RSPB nature reserve at Bempton before riding up to the beautiful beach at Hunmanby Gap. 
(Bempton Cliffs) 
The next section traverses the tops of the northern edge of the Wolds through quaint villages such as Weaverthorpe and Helperthorpe before passing the Grade I listed Georgian country house, Sledmere House. Nearing the end of the ride, there’s the steep descent of Settrington Bank and the picturesque village of Settrington itself. It’s a fantastic way to round off a weekend full of sightseeing in a way that only cycling allows. 
(Sledmere house) 
Registrations are now open for the 2022 Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Challenge and more than 134 of the 300 places have already been snapped up. 
The entry fee is £60 plus a commitment to raise a minimum £70 in additional sponsorship to help Ryedale Special Families continue to provide invaluable support to so many families.  
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