Yorkshire Moors July 3, 2021

Date : July 3, 2021

Distance : 79km

Difficulty :

Hilly route in the stunning Moors

65% off road on packed gravel

Three main gravel climbs

July 3, 2021 : £39

Book Now

Glorious Gravel: Yorkshire Moors

A mix of dense woodland and open moorland is in store for you on this punchy ride through one of the most sparsely populated & beautiful areas of England. The Yorkshire Moors gravel ride covers a hilly 80km in a route through the National Park starting in the old market town of Thirsk. A relaxed 10km to warm up the legs before the first gravel section in Boltby forest which gets steeper towards the summit. After riding out into the open moorland, riders will enjoy uninterrupted gravel loops around the Bilsdale transmitter before a descent and much needed rest in the village of Hawnby. Another tough summit near Arden Hall and the reward is a cliff edge described as ‘The finest view in England’, in the words of local author James Herriot with flowing smooth gravel singletrack before a relaxed roll home to soak in the views of the vale of York and the impending cake.

Cover sections of the ancient Cleveland Way
See 'The finest view in England', in the words of local author James Herriot
Tackle gravel roads over the largest expanses of heather moorland in the UK


Rent a Pearson Off Grid bike for the day £49)

Routes suitable for new & experienced gravel riders

Ride marshalls on the route to support you

Pre ride briefing to go through any technical sections

Packing List emailed when you book

Route Notes

Event Director's Notes:

A hilly but rewarding route presents some of the best views in North Yorkshire and endless gravel tracks from the very accessible base at Thirsk. There are 3 main climbs in the 80km ride each one having varying gradients testing pacing and technique. The descents that follow range from focus requiring but satisfying to wide open and leisurely over the moors and through the valleys. The tarmac on this route is for warming up at the start and cooling down at the end with the only mid-ride sections a useful occasion to eat and spin out the legs. A reference speed for the route was 18km/h taking nearly 5 hours to complete the full distance.

Ride Details

Start Time : From 7.30am

Finish time : Between 1pm and 4pm

Location : Thirsk

What’s Included

  • GPX File
  • Pre Ride Briefing
  • Two Feed Stops
  • Coffee & post ride pint included
  • Ride marshals supporting you on the route

What's Included

GPX File

Pre Ride Briefing

Two Feed Stops

Coffee & post ride pint included

Ride marshals supporting you on the route



Ride Rules

Preparing for the Ride

Our events are open to all off-road bikes. While it is aimed primarily at Gravel & Adventure bikes, which are essentially fat tyred drop bar bikes, you are also most welcome on a mountain bike or cyclocross bike. We recommend a tyre width of 33+mm for most for our rides. 

What to bring : You will be further from van support or facilities you would find in most towns than with our road trips so it is advisable to take a little more with you. 

GPS device with route loaded , Spare tube or Tubeless plug , Pump and/or CO2 , Mini tool , Jacket and/or additional layers 

We will email you the GPX route & a full breakdown of the route one week before the ride. Our route director will then be at the start to give you last minute advice and tips. You will be asked to select a start window which we will then confirm one week before the ride to ensure you roll out in group sizes based on current restrictions.

More Reading

Preparing for the Glorious Gravel

The Glorious Gravel Series takes us on a tour of some of the UK’s finest gravel riding regions. For those more used to the road than the rough stuff, gravel riding is all about enjoying the surrounding and exploring new roads off the beaten track – obviously coffee and cake still feature heavily.  Our Gravel ... Read more

Book Now

New to gravel riding, hire a gravel bike for the day. See options in the checkout

5th Jun 2021
Glorious Gravel: Yorkshire Moors £39 £39 Book Now
  • Introduction
  • Route Notes
  • Ride Details
  • Preparing for the Ride
  • More Reading
  • Book Now