The route is just under forty miles, almost entirely (see below) flat and has been designed to enable us to visit some very attractive villages, enjoy some stunning views over the Vale of York, and avoid main roads like the A19. The route can be summarised as follows:-
1st Section Borougbridge to Bagby (coffee stop); this is 16 miles and apart from a couple of bridges over the East Coast main railway line is entirely flat; in previous years we have gone into Thirsk for coffee but last year we discovered the Old Barn Coffee shop in Bagby which was excellent and avoided the scrum that is Thirsk town centre on a Sunday (and this Sunday is Mothers Day);
2nd Section Bagby to Coxwold – this is 8 miles and comprises a couple of hills – but not ridiculous ones – as we ride along the escarpment between Bagby, Kilburn and Coxwold;
3rd Section Coxwold to Boroughbridge – this is 14 miles; there is a gentle climb to Husthwaite at the start of this section but the remaining 12 miles are flat.
Hope this helps. So far as timings are concerned I would offer the following ETAs.
On the basis of a prompt 8.30 hrs start from Brighouse – meet Bethel Street car park 8.15 hrs I reckon we could make a start from Boroughbridge at around 10.00 hrs;
Arrive Bagby around 11.30 hrs and allowing 30 mins for coffee depart for Coxwold around noon.
Arrive Coxwold in time for Church Service which starts at 1.30 pm.The service usually lasts no more than 45 minutes and is followed by refreshments in the Village Hall. If we allow an hour for refreshments – these are provided by the local WI and are legendary – and chat we would be expecting to leave for the ride back to Boroughbridge at around 3.15 pm; if so, we should get back to Boroughbridge at around 4.30 pm.
Hope this helps. As previously notified, if you DO NOT have transport and would like to come along, can you let me know as soon as possible and in any event not later than Friday 11 May.
All we need now is some lovely weather like we had today !! For those who have not been before and want some more info about the Church Service a link is here.