There's no South Riding, because ‘North Riding’ etc is essentially a contraction of ‘North Thirding’. The Vikings thought in threes, much as I do when entering a Wetherspoon.See where I’m cycling right now on my Facebook page. In the current lockdown of spring 2020, the answer is obviously ‘not very far from my house’.
Test your knowledge of York by bike
May 2020 York Animal Trail — Collect 13 animal statues by bike
Mar 2020 River Ride No 6 — Nidd: Scar House to Nun Monkton
Dec 2019 Distillery ride — Yorkshire’s new whisky trail. Not official, obvs. I made the route up.
(Right) The Chalfonts Bear, one of many statues celebrating species native to York, such as Tansy Beetles and Unicorns.
River Rides 2018–2020
The mighty River Don. Not the one running 1100 miles across Russia into the Sea of Azov. The one in Yorkshire that goes past Meadowhall.The current series of rides follows 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 county – see the map top right.
Swale: Keld to Myton Trekking bike ??Summer/ autumn 2020
Ure: Garsdale to Faxfleet Touring bike ??Summer/ autumn 2020
Nidd: Scar House to Nun Monkton Folding bike 2, 4 Mar 2020
Wharfe: Beckermonds to Cawood Touring bike 20–21 Aug 2019
Aire: Malham to Airmyn Trekking bike 9–10 Oct 2019
Calder: Cornholme to Castleford Trekking bike 10–11 Jan 2019
Don: Dunford Bridge to Goole Town bike 26–27 Nov 2018
Derwent: Lilla Rig to Barmby Trekking/Touring bike 20–22 Nov 2019
Compass Rides 2017
Spurn Point, aka Spurn Head, now aka Spurn Island, Yorkshire's southeasternmost point. Or head. Or island.In 2017 I enjoyed eight rides that each followed a compass direction from my home in York to the cyclable extremity of the historic border – see the map second-top 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
They include visits to the centre of Yorkshire, real genuine fake fairies at the bottom of the garden, home of Britain’s tallest man ever, and the house with more famous novelists than Greece or Indonesia.
Post Office Slip in Easingwold, Britain’s narrowest cyclable alley. Well, cyclable in theory. I had to fold my folding bike up to get through it.