York to Hull - 26th June 2020
Ride leader: Nick 'Saddlesore'
This is one of the best rides we do. An unusual, fairly flat 70 mile ride that goes below sea level, but also lets you soar over the River Humber.
The ride sets off by the steps on the western side of York Minster (High Petergate) at midnight and navigates its way through the historic city centre, avoiding Viking ghosts and drunk students, before emerging into the darkness of the Vale of York. We zig-zag past numerous picturesque villages and hamlets with names ending in Thorpe, before we cross the River Ouse and gaze up to the river above as we follow it eastwards for a while before stopping at the village hall in Garthorpe for refreshment.
Setting off, blinking at the brightening sky covering the flat vista around us, it almost seems as though we're in the cycling nirvana of the Netherlands, as we're surrounded by a network of waterways, with the dyke wall of the River Trent towering above us.
All too soon the illusion is shattered as we go past long silent towering structures of the industrial past, before crossing the River Trent to skirt the site of infamous Flixborough disaster and heading towards the River Humber to enjoy the stunning views of the more than mile long ride over the bridge. We conclude by riding through the open streets of the City of Culture known as Hull, arriving for breakfast around 8 am.
This year our route avoids the steep long hill up from South Ferriby and we’ll also go over a grade two listed suspension bridge. There is about a hundred metres of rough track that can be cycled on 25mm tyres, even after heavy rain. It has been recced, but we'll probably walk that bit.
Registration for this ride will open nearer the time. In the meantime, you can read the ride report from 2019.