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Mountain Bike Routes - Vale of Pickering
Mountain Bike Route - The Vale of Pickering joining from Malton, Pickering, Helmsley or Kirkbymoorside
The Vale of Pickering provides easy cycling along quiet peaceful roads and through peaceful villages and hamlets.
The Vale is almost flat and for the most part not more than 50 feet above sea level. During the ice age it was a glacial lake and for centuries after the area was no more than marsh and swamp. The Romans built causeways across the marsh, the most notable linking Amotherby and Wrelton, and pottery, coins and other finds indicate that they had small settlements throughout the area.
Whilst both Vikings and Normans drained parts of it for agricultural use it was not until the 17th and 18th Centuries that engineers began to build flood banks to the rivers and provide a network of dykes which are now such a feature of the Vale.
The basic route is a circuit of 20 miles which can be joined from any of the four main towns in the area or, indeed, from anyone of the many villages which lie on the roads connecting them. As the map shows more than just the roads which make up the route it is not difficult to extend, reduce, or modify the circuit to suit your own requirements or time available.
This route does not really require a mountain bike as the two short sections of bridleway can be negotiated using any type of bike, although that between Salton and East Ness can get very muddy after heavy rain. The section of bridleway which leads to Marton, missing out Great Edstone, is optional and is simply shown for those who wish to take a slightly shorter route or who want a break from the road.
Points of Interest
Nunnington Hall, in Nunnington, is owned by the National Trust (for details see Route 3). Churches are marked on the map, those at Nunnington and Salton being particularly interesting and well worth a visit. There are pubs at Marton, Normanby, Great Barugh (pronounced Barff) , Nunnington, Great Edstone and Harome.
Distance: From Malton - 37 miles, Pickering/Helmsley - 30 miles, Kirkbymoorside 27 miles