About Yorkshire Ridings

The three Yorkshire Ridings – North, West, East – are the historic divisions of Yorkshire. My 'ridings' are a series of bike trips exploring England's largest county.

(There's no South Riding, because ‘North Riding’ etc is a contraction of ‘North Thirding’. The Vikings thought in threes, much as I do when entering a Wetherspoon.)


In 2017 I enjoyed eight rides, each following a compass direction from my home in York to the cyclable extremity of the historic border – see the map on the right.

N: York to Redcar   On-road   3 Apr 2017
NE: York to Robin Hood's Bay   Off-road   31 May–1 Jun 2017
E: York to Bridlington   On-road   21 Apr 2017
SE: York to Spurn Point   Off-road   11–12 Jun 2017
S: York to Harthill   On-road   4 Apr 2017
SW: York to Saddleworth   On-road   5–6 May 2017
W: York to Dunsop Bridge   On-road   25–27 Jul 2017
NW: York to High Force   Off-road   15–17 Oct 2017


The next series of rides for 2018 will follow Yorkshire's eight main rivers from source to mouth. The Swale, Ure, Nidd, Wharfe, Aire, Calder, Don and Derwent all flow ultimately into the Ouse not far from York, and their dales and valleys span the entire county – see the map on the right. I'll blog about these rides in due course.


There are also blog posts for other, one-off, trips to various locations. They're listed by place, and also by date, in the menu bar at the side.

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