Cycling and walking around Askrigg

Askrigg is becoming my favourite base for cycling, and walking, in the Yorkshire Dales. On Tuesday this week I cycled home after completing two day-ride circular routes with a walk to Castle Bolton in between them. I think each loop, Tan Hill and Kettlewell, is worth a separate entry, so I’ll add posts later. For the moment, an image from each day of the long weekend:

Cyclists getting ready for the descent from Tan Hill Inn

Saturday: Tan Hill Inn. Cyclists seemed to outnumber the other patrons today.

Walking along the disused railway line from Askrigg towards Castle Bolton

Sunday: walking along the disused railway line from Askrigg towards Castle Bolton.

 The start of the Coverdale climb from the Kettlewell end

Monday: the start of the Coverdale climb from Kettlewell.

Bah Humbugs in Masham.

Tuesday: ‘Emmerdale’ fans may recognise this shop from the sponsored advertisements by

The last photograph was taken in Masham, 25 miles from the start of Tuesday’s ride from Askrigg. Just 80 miles to go, then, via Boroughbridge, Easingwold and Malton.

6 comments on “Cycling and walking around Askrigg”

  1. Patrick wrote:

    The Yorkshire Dales is a region I intend to get to know better this year. We're more familiar with the North York Moors but have passed near Askrigg on the way from Richmond via Hawes, after visiting the Green Howards Regimental Museum (in Richmond) a couple of times. Where do you actually live?

  2. Chris wrote:

    I prefer the Dales to the Moors for cycling simply because I think there are more options. I spent two nights in Richmond last November on what was supposed to be a short tour of the North York Moors, Yorkshire Dales and Forest of Bowland. Richmond is a beautiful place with lots of hills nearby and an excellent bike shop. I was seriously thinking of buying my next bike from Arthur Caygill in Richmond. I asked whether if I bought a bike from him I could have it serviced somewhere nearer where I live. He reckoned I should just ride up there, have a cup of tea while the bike is serviced, then ride home. Hmm. I may still get the bike from him, but I think I need a plan B for having it serviced. I hope he was joking: I live to the east of Hull.

  3. Patrick wrote:

    I asked where you live because you mentioned that you cycled home after completing your circular routes. I wondered how far that is, and it seems quite a long way! The Green Howards regiment, incidentally, no longer exists. My dad was in the Green Howards during the war and landed with them on D-Day. He came with us to Richmond because he'd been invited to present to the museum a copy of his war diary.

    Your big photos look good.

  4. Chris wrote:

    I seem to recall that the museum is in the centre of Richmond. I think it was closed when I was there. I've started to read your dad's diary so I'll look at it again later.

    I would certainly recommend Askrigg as a place to stay, or just visit, if you want to cycle in the Dales. Saturday's route was under 40 miles, but it had two big climbs and the weather was changeable. Sunday was very windy, so just as well we left the bikes at the B&B and walked to Castle Bolton. I did much of Monday's ride on my own after my roommate had to leave early. This ride was a little further than Saturday's – Gayle, Buckden, Kettlewell, Wensley – and one I actually preferred.

    I've just re-read my comments about the ride home – the longest ride I've done in over 20 years, I think, and one of the wettest. It was 25 miles from Askrigg to Masham. But actually I still had another 90 miles to go because I wanted to pick up the Morecambe to Mappleton C2C route at Markington and take it as far as Malton. I managed to take the wrong route from Crayke to Malton, though. Never mind.

  5. Garry wrote:

    I spent 12 days cycling in Yorkshire about 4 years ago and loved it. We had great weather. We spent 2 days in the Moors, a day in York and the rest in the Dales. Great cycing country but SERIOUS gradients here and there. My favourite place was Dentdale, but most places weren't far behind. Mary loved it as well.
    I've always serviced my own bikes. The reason for this was that I was always stuck at work during the day and couldn't take my bike to the bike shop so I just learnt it. This was a handy skill for bike-touring and it's many the thing I fixed on tour for myself and others. I always carried spare spokes on tour and a Hypercracker, a small tool for getting off the cassette. I'm good with wheel having built numerous ones down the years. My least favourite thing to tackle is a front derailleur. These were invented by the Devil! Derailleur is a corruption of Devilleur.

  6. Chris wrote:

    I'm not sure how in-depth the initial service is on a new bike. Most places seem to offer it, so I tend to take advantage. I've got the tools for most jobs (except for these new-fangled external bottom brackets) and I've stripped down and repaired/replaced parts as necessary in the – mainly distant – past. However, I certainly haven't got the confidence to build a set of wheels from scratch.

    I must confess I've even left truing wheels to a bike shop. I had to have a new rim fitted on the rear wheel of my Raleigh Road Ace a few years ago. The bike was originally only in for the wheels to be trued, but the old rim collapsed on the rear wheel. (I wanted to reuse the original hub, which they did, but they balked at the original double-butted spokes). I think they only charged me for parts as a goodwill gesture. I've now got odd rims on that bike.

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