A cycle ride to Hunmanby

Rudston Monolith

Rudston Monolith: entries for this month's caption competition can be made below

It's July and only my second ride this year as leader of the 'B' group for the local CTC member group; the last was back in April. I missed the early ones through illness and, later, other commitments. It was particularly satisfying to have completed this ride up to Hunmnanby in North Yorkshire. All week the weather forecast had been unpromising, but in the end we felt just the tiniest amount of rain drops near Rudston. I even managed to top up the 'tan' on my legs and burn my nose a little.

It has rained every day since 🙂

Not long after the start of the ride we had a mishap. More specifically, a new, young rider clipped the wheel of the chap in front and came down heavily. I'm not sure how I managed to avoid running over him, but Francis wasn't so lucky and the two of them ended in a bit of a mangle, the young lad breaking our guest correspondent's fall. (Francis reckoned the two machines were magnetised: they were identical Wilier racing bikes.) Thank goodness for mums and mobile phones. We weren't waiting long before popping the wheels off the younger rider's machine and placing them and the lad's bike in the back of mum's hatchback. We all agreed it was fortunate that the spill hadn't happened in the relative wilds of North Yorkshire, and pressed on towards the coffee stop in Sledmere.

One of our number was complaining of a lower back injury, probably suffered whilst overdoing the gardening during the week. He took it steady to Sledmere and went home from there accompanied by another rider. Now we were five. The wind was strong for much of the day, but as we headed north east we made good use of it and kept up an average close to 20mph until we reached the slight climb from Wold Newton to Fordon. Another pacy stretch along Cans Dale towards the fairly busy, and lumpy, road that leads to Hunmanby. We made such good progress that hadn't it been that long since our first stop. I shared a pot of tea and surreptitiously snacked on my packup outside one of the two (or is it three?) pubs in Hunmanby. The sun came out and I had to protect my head as there was no shade. Perhaps summer had arrived after all.

Hunmanby crossroads

As close as we came to the seaside. The North Sea is there in the background

After an initial climb out of Hunmanby it was mostly downhill now towards Rudston. Some of our group hadn't seen the monolith, so I suggested a brief stop. (Well, we are the Cyclists' Touring Club after all.) A slight drag out of Rudston toward Kilham (not on the road signposted Kilham) to reach Woldgate and a stiff sidelong breeze. The dark clouds over where we were heading looked threatening, but we needn't have worried. One of the few things I don't like about routes going out to the coast is having to cross major roads. From Ruston Parva we crossed the A614 towards Lowthorpe. It is a blind junction looking to the east and a car took the bend at some speed. We all made it safely across and followed the familiar route to Hutton Cranswick.

Often we don't stop for an afternoon coffee, but no one needed much persuasion and we stopped at the Garden Centre. I had a fine cappuccino and a very sweet slice of cake. We were feeling the efforts of the headwind. Two delicate tummies; a sore knee; Francis starting to feel the effects of his tumble; and another of us feeling his way back to fitness. We dodged the A road to Watton (I didn't fancy riding it in to a headwind) and took the snaking road through Kilnwick and Lockington before the mad dash along the B1248 to cross over to Etton. There wasn't much chatting by now and we broke up our formation once more as we followed the same route back that we had taken earlier in the day. A good, fairly long hard ride.


Mileage doesn't include getting to the start, but does include the return home. However, I'd had enough and didn't fancy putting in the extra few miles for another century. I think I've customised the Garmin display to show all the data I need. More than a quarter of the day was spent in cafes eating, drinking and gabbing. Crikey (oh, we did have to wait for the service car early on)

11 comments on “A cycle ride to Hunmanby”

  1. francis wrote:

    [edit: ahem, inappropriate comment by Francis removed and replaced with his slightly less inappropriate image]


  2. Patrick wrote:

    LOL [ good edit! ]

    You seem to have got the hang of the Garmin Chris. Good ride and well done with the distance. A caption would be superfluous I think.

    It has rained every day since.

    I reckon it's rained every day since Easter in the north west and there's no let-up until the middle of this month at least. The wettest three months ever, the wettest June ever. Official figures. There's been no summer since Gordon Brown took office. I'm fed up with it.

  3. Kern wrote:

    Hmmm ... 3 casualties out of 8 riders .... I don't see that stat anywhere on the Garmin display 🙂 .

    We've had blistering weather for weeks on end. A bit of compromise on both ends would be pleasant.

  4. Hilary wrote:

    Hope your younger rider is not suffering too many ill effects from his crash. I have to admit I don't like riding in a close group for that very reason. I suppose it does lift the speed if you do it right but Wayfarer's formation does leave a bit to be desired!

    We've had no summer either on our usually balmy island. Wettest April, wettest June and on the few occasions it doesn't rain its really windy! 🙁 And the last couple of days have been so misty we couldn't see the other side of the street!

  5. Patrick wrote:

    Kern wrote: A bit of compromise on both ends...

    Yes, that would be pleasant in summer. UK would be 10 degrees warmer, Canada 10 degrees cooler. What about winter?

    Actually, it's not so much the temperature, it's the monsoon

    It seems we are waiting for an Atlantic hurricane to shove the Jet Stream back to its correct position (over Iceland, not France).

  6. Mary wrote:

    What is the significance of the big long stone then Chris? Was it an old place marker for worship of some kind? I see it even has a lightening rod attached (Im assuming it has one with the little hat of metal on its top).

    Hope everyone survived the crash ok, was there any injuries (human or bike). You guys do like to crack on... I cant do 20mph for hours at a stretch.

    Im sick of the wet too. I havent ridden on a dry day for weeks now.

  7. Chris wrote:

    As far as I know we haven't heard from the lad's mum. Hope he is okay by now.

    This website has a bit more information on the stone. I don't think the cap on the Rudston Monolith is a lightning rod. I think it may have something to do with protecting it from the weather. And speaking of the weather, we had another fortunate day up to the North York Moors and beyond the following Saturday. Barely a drop of rain (more on that ride later).

    I still keep finding fun things the Garmin will do. I'm also not recording something properly: I tried to upload to Strava the .gpx file of a Trundlegate ascent I had done a few months ago. It was rejected because there were no time stamps, apparently 🙁

  8. Patrick wrote:

    Chris, did you try to upload the .gpx file you actually rode and recorded on the Garmin, or the route you created to follow? Often, the timestamps are required, although I can't imagine why the unit would not record timestamps.

    You can examine (and even edit) your .gpx files in Windows WordPad BTW.

  9. Chris wrote:

    Chris, did you try to upload the .gpx file you actually rode and recorded on the Garmin, or the route you created to follow?

    LOL. No, I'm not quite that daft (I hadn't plotted the route, instead I went out with Cottingham Road Club and did part of their ride that day). When I have more time I'll have a look at this again. Unfortunately, I had already exported and deleted that particular file from my Garmin device, so I'll have to wait a while for my King of the Mountains jersey for Trundlegate 🙂

  10. Charlie Rispin wrote:

    Hi Chris (Millican)?

    Still waiting to see you out with us (Cott Road Club),

    We are out on Sunday 7 Oct.


  11. Chris wrote:

    Hi, Charlie. Ahem, I've actually been out on two rides with you now. The last one included the blowout on your rear tyre on the A164 between Hutton Cranswick and Leconfield:

    17.8mph moving speed, but mostly on the flat. Incidentally, I'm pleased to see next Sunday's ride – which I won't be able to make because I'm at a Christening – is not on such busy roads. I'll be thinking of you on your carbon machines when you get to the twenty-two-mile mark of your planned ride 🙂


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