Challenge Rides – September 6th 2015

The Challenge Rides for September 2015 will be setting off from Cottingham Methodist Church Hall on Sunday 6th September. All three routes represent a chance to test yourself on the hills of the Yorkshire Wolds. Read on for outlines of the routes, or follow the quicklinks below:

Printable route sheets, .gpx downloads, Garmin Connect links & how to enter >>

Rationale for the 2015 Challenge Rides, cafés, hills & further info >>

Feedback on the 2014 test event >>

Frequently Asked Questions >>

170km route (from 8.00am) in 8/9 hours
130km route (from 8.30am) in 7/8 hours
70km route (from 9.00am) in 4/5 hours

CTC Challenge Rides Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route

Angie, Dave, Chris & Geoff on the Kiplincotes Lane climb during last year's event

170km route

(Suggested café stops in bold)

Route: (8.00am onwards) Skidby, Little Weighton, North Newbald, (over A1079) High Gardham, South Dalton (& Park), Lund, Bracken, Hutton Cranswick Southwold Southburn, Garton on the Wolds, Sledmere Café (opens 10.30), West Lutton, Settrington, North Grimston, Birdsall, Thixendale Village Hall (bypass Huggate), Millington/Kilnwick Percy, Nunburnholme,, Goodmanham, Kiplingcotes Valley, (over A1079) Sancton Park, North Cliffe, South Cliffe, Hotham (outskirts), North Cave, The Potting Shed (closes 3.00pm), South Cave, Ellerker, Brantingham, Riplingham, Eppleworth, Cottingham Methodist Church Hall HQ.

View the 170km route at MapMyRide.com in more detail.

Featured climbs on the 170km route:

To High Hunsley
Stoneknowle Hill (North Newbald)
Garton/Limekiln Hills to Sledmere
West Lutton to Settrington
Grimston Brow
Birdsall Brow
Huggate Road out of Thixendale
Nunburnholme Hill
Kiplingcotes Lane out to the A1079
Brantingham Dale

Please be aware of the opening times of the first two suggested café stops on the 170km route: Cranswick Garden Centre (opens 10:00am) and Sledmere House (opens 10:30am).

The 170km ride should ideally be completed in less than 9 hours (we have to be out of the hall by 6.00pm!), so please allow for that.


130km route

(Suggested café stops in bold*)

Route: (8.30am onwards) Skidby, Little Weighton, North Newbald, (over A1079) High Gardham, South Dalton (& Park), Lund, Bracken, Hutton Cranswick, Southwold Southburn, Huggate, Millington/Kilnwick Percy, Nunburnholme, Goodmanham, Kiplingcotes Valley, (over A1079) Sancton Park, North Cliffe, South Cliffe, Hotham (outskirts), North Cave, The Potting Shed (closes 3.00pm), South Cave, Ellerker, Brantingham, Riplingham, Eppleworth, Cottingham Methodist Church Hall HQ.

View the 130km route at MapMyRide.com in more detail.

Featured climbs on the 130km route:

To High Hunsley
Stoneknowle Hill (North Newbald)
Tibthorpe to Huggate (not so much a climb as a long drag)
Nunburnholme Hill
Kiplingcotes Lane out to the A1079
Brantingham Dale


70km route

(Suggested café stop in bold)

Route: (9.00am onwards) Skidby, Little Weighton, North Newbald, (over A1079) High Gardham, South Dalton (& Park), Lund, Kiplingcotes Valley, (over A1079) Sancton Park, North Cliffe, South Cliffe, Hotham (outskirts), North Cave, The Potting Shed (closes 3.00pm), South Cave, Ellerker, Brantingham, Riplingham, Eppleworth, Cottingham Methodist Church Hall HQ.

View the 70km route at MapMyRide.com in more detail.

Featured climbs on the 70km route:

To High Hunsley
Stoneknowle Hill (North Newbald)
Kiplingcotes Lane out to the A1079
Brantingham Dale

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2 Responses to “Challenge Rides – September 6th 2015”

  1. ChrisB wrote:

    The following may be of interest to riders of the two longer routes. It is an extract of an email conversation between Neil Dean (Hull Thursday/CTC) and me. I am grateful for the time and effort Neil gave in offering feedback and advice…

    Neil wrote:

    Q. [130km & 170km routes] Why use the main road at Hutton Cranswick. Given the choice I’d use Hutton Road. It’s a bit further but pretty quiet.

    A. After TJ's Coffee place two other option on the main road (A164) are to turn left and then cross over as you say or turn right on to the path and follow the circuitous NCN route before picking up Hutton Road. My thinking is that through that part of Hutton Cranswick the speed limit is 30mph just about until you reach the point where the road drops away downhill to the north. I think going downhill to the north it is safer on balance than crossing the road on the bend at that junction. However, if on the day people who know the route would like to use either alternatives that's fine, of course. I'm very squeamish about riding on main roads – I don't like going uphill along that stretch – but I would do it.

    Q. [170km route] Between Settrington and Birdsall you use Luddith Road. I haven’t ridden it for some time but it used to be quite rough.

    A. I passed by the top a few weeks ago and much of the road had been resurfaced. Certainly from Wharram-le-Street to Birdsall the surface used to be shocking and was one of the reasons I avoided it last year. However, it is lovely and smooth now and there is a super view along that route. (I thought that the more direct route from Settrington to Birdsall was a bit boring last year, plus it means an extra hill!) I'm not sure about the Luddith Road climb itself has been resurfaced, but it is usually quiet and if it is still poorly surfaced then progress should be slow enough uphill to pick out any bad bits.

    Yesterday I rode some of the 170km route. Luddith Road / Grimston Brow (from the outskirts of North Grinton) is indeed rough, with occasional potholes, but as mentioned above it is easily passable with sensible care. This section, which is bracketed by a pair of cattle grids often contains loose cattle, as it did yesterday, and every other time I've ridden down that road.

    CTC Challenge Rides Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route

    On the gentle climb of Grimston Brow during a ride yesterday

    From the second cattle grid what from memory was the worst of Luddith Road has been resurfaced. After the T junction at the very end of the road the route picks up the longest route of the Big G along a fairly recently resurfaced road in to Birdsall. It's a lovely diversion 🙂

    (Riders on the 170km route are advised to take especial care on the Settrington Brow descent before the Luddith Road climb. It is fast and twisting with patches of gravel in parts and was slippery in yesterday's rain.)

  2. Dick Brooks wrote:

    Hi Chris,
    Great route,lovely sunny day who could ask for anything more. Thanks to all your happy bunch of helpers
    Cheers
    Dick