Vale of York
A great ride if you fancy staying away from the hills of Yorkshire. The first 15 miles follow the route of the Way of the Roses, a Sustrans Coast to Coast route. Heading out of Ripon using the same route as the Boroughbridge route above, it continues south east out through the small villages of Upper and Lower Dunsforth, over to Great Ouseburn. Once through Ouseburn, turn left and over the small toll bridge (free to cyclists) over the river Ouse and into Aldwark. The route now turns back north towards Helperby and Cundall. The great thing about this ride is you’ll have the roads to yourself, the majority of the ride is on quiet lanes and the stretch through Cundall, Norton Le Clay and over to Marton le Moor is reminiscent of Paris Roubaix. Although not offering many stop off points, the route can be easily ridden in reverse or extended through numerous other villages. If ridden in reverse, La Rascasse in Boroughbridge is a great coffee stop and cyclist friendly.