Dallowgill and Brimham Rocks
Another popular Thursday evening Club Run ride and another ride that’s great either way round. We usually head out towards Kirkby Malzaerd, though Laverton and up onto Dallowgill Moor. This is a nice gradual climb that gains most of the ride’s height. The climb levels out in dense heather moorland, a beautiful sea of purple in summer, dives through a valley and heads down to Fellbeck. A short climb back out of Fellbeck and you’re skirting Brimham Rocks, a popular National Trust beauty spot. This is the start of a fast descent on quiet roads to the back of Fountains Abbey, another National Trust site and World Heritage site. We usually use the access road past the Fountains visitors centre as it is a much better tarmac surface. The ride ends with a further descent back into Ripon. By far the best place for a stop is the visitors centre at Fountains Abbey with a great National Trust cafe and shop with safe bike parking and even a repair station.