Having done a recce of the proposed route today (9 May) I thought I ought to provide a bit more information about the route and anticipated timings, so to help people who might be thinking of coming along.
At 40 miles the route is slightly longer than originally notified, but it has been designed in such a way as 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 Thirsk (coffee stop); this is 16 miles and apart from a couple of bridges over the East Coast main railway line is entirely flat;
2nd Section Thirsk to Coxwold – this is 10 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 start from Brighouse I reckon we could make a start from Boroughbridge at around 10.00 hrs;
Arrive Thirsk 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 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.
There are toilet facilities at Boroughbridge, Thirsk and in the Village Hall at Coxwold.
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 12 May.
All we need now is some lovely weather like we had today !!