Feeling grim up north

Last weekend (23-24 April 2016) we headed up north to meet up with lots of good friends and do some training in Yorkshire. We loved the scenery but Ties was ill and we learned more important lessons for our big trip.

We were staying at our friends Paulina and Tom’s pub (Waggon and Horses) in York. Check out the pub if you like a massive selections of rare ales, traditional décor, incredible food and northern charm.

We followed the cyclepaths out of York and headed through the Howardian Hills to Hovingham. If you’re ever in the area, beware the hills around Terrington but fear not because the Spa Tearoom at Hovingham will reward you with the best sausage sandwich ever! Hovingham is also possibly the most quintessential English village; manicured lawns, medieval buildings, and the traditional village store.

From Hovingham we went through the bright yellow rapeseed fields around Stonegrave and then had to pull over at the Hogwartsesque Ampleforth College. Ties had been feeling fluey the past few days and it came to a head in spectacular fashion. We decided to head back and had to make many stops between Yearsley and Brandsby so Ties could be sick. We limped home and Ties went to bed for a bit to recover.

Paulina and Tom saw to it that we were well fed and aled. Their burgers really are the best ever and just what we needed for another day’s riding. We headed northwest the next morning towards Beningbrough Hall, then through the farmlands of Newton-on-Ouse and Linton-on-Ouse to the rickety Aldwark toll bridge. This was fun on a bike, but make sure you have the 40p fee if you’re going by car….

We carried on north for a bit then headed south through the lovely back roads of Whixley, Cattal, Tockwith, Long Marston and Angram to Colton. We had an amazing pie and roast beef lunch with our friends Sarah and Rob (who had cycled down from Leeds to meet us) at the Ye Olde Sun Inn. Then we headed back to the Waggon and Horses for the long drive back to London.