Member30 June 2009 at 7:33 pm
Fantastic ride today, total change to what my planned ride was supposed to be though.
I had been set to take the Scott over to the Lake District, leaving at 0400hrs and do a route from Glenridding up Helvellyn and around and about, having the full day over there, but a phone call late last night unfortunately put pay to that.
So, I left the house at 0845 this morning on my Scott CR1 and headed out for Stokesley, the roads were nice and quiet and though the sky was overcast it was damned warm.
From Stokesley I headed up to Kirkby then Gt. Broughton and then for the first climb of the day, Clay Bank. True to form as I started the climb, the sun peeked out from behind the clouds and I managed to drench my bike in sweat as I ascended, the sun just managing to pop back behind the clouds as I hit the top. How mad was that. 🙄
Fast pace to Chop Gate even though a headwind had appeared from nowhere since coming over the top, then on and past Fangdale and Laskill and another steep climb up Newgate Bank. No sun this time, but damned hot and humid and the sweat tap was back on again. 😳
Fast pace again from here past the Hawnby and Reivaux turn offs and on and down into Helmsley where I stopped for a couple of minutes to buy a bottle of Lucozade, this was going to be a high fluid day.
THE SCOTT IN HELMSLEY:
From here I headed off for Kirbymoorside by way of Nawton, where I turned off left to climb through Kirbymoorside and take the road for Gillamoor. Steady uphill along here that soon levelled out for a brisk run into the village before a steep descent past the church then a longish steep climb up to the Hutton le Hole road. Once at the junction I turned left to start the long steady uphill gradient to the Lion Inn and then onto Castleton. I was enjoying pushing it a bit on this section trying to keep up a relatively decent pace as I climbed, trouble was that I was never satisfied, as I reached 15.5, I wanted 16, as I reached 16 I strove for 17mph and the sweat kept coming. 😀 😀
ON THE WAY TO THE LION INN:
Soon I was passing the Lion Inn and making for Ralphs Cross, where the long fast descent into Castleton began. I was soon up to speed and managed to touch 43 mph in some sections. 😀 😀
THE SCOTT AT YOUNG RALPH:
READY FOR THE RUN DOWN TO CASTLETON:
Stopping in Castleton to take on water, I was surprised to feel how hot it was when I was actually stopped. Carrying on, I headed down to the Eskdale then climbed out of the valley, this climb seeming rather steeper than usual today. Once at the top I then made for Commondale and my last stop for photos.
LOOKING DOWN ACROSS COMMONDALE VALLEY:
Fast run down into the village, then another climb and descent into Sleddale before the last real climb up to Percy Rigg. Brisk pace into Kildale and then on at pace to Battersby and Ingleby Greenhow where I turned for Gt. Broughton, Kirkby and onto Carlton. From here I made for Rudby, still at a good pace and then onto Hilton and home via Maltby and Thornton.
Fantastic ride, really enjoyed myself and some decent climbing, though to be honest I think I should have worked a little harder on some of them.
4 hours 57 minutes
Member30 June 2009 at 7:40 pm
That’s a great route and one I have often thought about doing. Good average too given the amount of climbing. Think I might be suffering on Sunday with the efforts you and Greg have been putting in!! Good photos, especially the ones looking into Commondale.
Member30 June 2009 at 7:45 pm
Yes, I was pleased with the average speed overall, perhaps the 43mph for so long down into Castleton helped……… 😆 😆 😆
Shame about it being overcast as there are some damned good pictures to be had along here but the sky didn’t do the scenery justice.
On the other hand, probably glad it was cloudy as the one time the sun did come out it was fierce………. 😕 😕
Member30 June 2009 at 7:53 pm
When you went through Gillamoor and dropped down past the church you would have gone past a road on your left. This climbs up to Low Mill. Take the road to the west side of the valley and head for Church Houses. From there you can then climb up Blakey Bank. I forgot about this climb when Harry posted the other week about the top 3 hardest climbs in the moors. I would say Blakey is harder than Carlton Bank and on a par with Boltby. Have a look at it on the map. There are 3 single arrows and 1 double arrow all within the space of a mile!!
Member30 June 2009 at 8:03 pm
Yes, I know it, I’ll give it a bash the next time I do this route, I think. 😀
Member30 June 2009 at 8:07 pm
Cracking day’s riding Gunner. Good ave speed and loadsa hills. I’m impressed. Very impressed in fact
Member1 July 2009 at 8:24 am
It looks a tough route that Gunner 😯 I think i’d have had to stop at the Lion for cuppa ! 😛
Member1 July 2009 at 1:27 pm
I’m pleased to say that it is tough, but I handled better than I expected, hence the reason to drop down into Commondale and head for Battersby and on to Carlton and Rudby, etc., rather than take the easy option of just doing Birke Browe and flying home via the dual carriageway.
I’ll give it another go sometime soon but take the Blakey Bank option I think.
Member1 July 2009 at 5:16 pm
Another alternative would be to take a left just after you leave Helmsley and head round Bransdale to Gilamoor. Quite a bit more climbing but one of the best places I have ever ridden.
Member1 July 2009 at 5:56 pm
Yes, your right. I was actually thinking should I head down that way, but I did very much want to get this route “under my belt” so to speak.
Might try the Bransdale option sometime in late August or early September.