Routes

Our two routes both start and finish at the Black Sheep Brewery in Masham.  The routes are on open roads through glorious North Yorkshire countryside.  We have a hilly 87 mile route and a flatter (but not flat!) 55 mile route.  Where possible, our routes stick to back lanes and quieter roads to avoid traffic.

You can see full details of the two routes below.  Please make sure that you have suitable fitness levels for the route you choose.  There’s no doubt that our 87 mile route is not for beginners.  Our 55 mile route is easier, but if you haven’t been on your bike for a while, you’ll need to put in some training beforehand.

Departure times will be notified closer to the date in light of any applicable Covid regulations then current.  Riders should aim to be back at the Black Sheep Brewery no earlier than 2 p.m (the Black Sheep Visitor Centre will be serving food to the public until 2 p.m).

Route 1 – the “Dessert Spoon” (55 miles)

 

For full route details, see the interactive map below.

Our 55 mile ride heads out from the Black Sheep Brewery in Masham along quiet, undulating roads.
The route meanders through the lower reaches of Wensleydale taking in Hornby Park and a visit to the iconic Castle Bolton before heading back via Wensley, Middleham and Jervaulx Abbey. Although we have avoided hills where we can, you’ll be climbing  3244 feet during the ride.  You’ll have earned your cake!

View interactive map (Dessert Spoon)

Route 2 – the “Serving Spoon” (87 miles)

 

For full route details, see the interactive map below.

Our 87 mile ride heads out from the Black Sheep Brewery at Masham and has a gentle start to Redmire, before heading on a long, steady pull over to Grinton in Swaledale.  The route comes back via the north face of Buttertubs Pass before heading back down to Wensleydale and home via Wensley, Middleham and Jervaulx Abbey.

View interactive map (Serving Spoon)

Route HQ/Start

Address: The Black Sheep Brewery, Wellgarth, Masham HG4 4EN
Directions: Please click here for directions to the Black Sheep Brewery.  Parking is available a stone’s throw away.  The Brewery has toilet facilities.

The car park will be open from 8.00 a.m.  Arrive well in advance of your departure time – 8.30 a.m departure for the long ride, 10.30 a.m departure for the shorter ride.

On arrival, please register – registration opens at 8.15 a.m. for the long ride and at 10.15 a.m. for the shorter ride.  At registration, you will receive your pack for the day – number, emergency contact information, route details etc. You will be asked to sign a disclaimer.

Before you depart, there will be a safety briefing which it is mandatory for you to attend.

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