Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route and Hunmanby Village

When a new cycle trail was being planned for the Yorkshire Wolds, the original proposal was to miss out both Hunmanby Village and Hunmanby Gap, both of which were part of the East Riding until 1974. The plan would have seen the route cut across from Bempton through Grindale and Burton Fleming. 

Hunmanby village traders put together a compelling case to make the route both more interesting and be routed through the historic village of Hunmanby, which lies at the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds and also to divert to Hunmanby Gap for the sea views and facilities (great cafe and toilet)

The route chosen was along part of the old coast road, which had lost most of its road traffic as the village of Reighton had recently been bypassed, then to divert to Hunmanby Gap, with its superb views of Filey Brigg and Speeton Cliffs and a good value café to have a rest and enjoy the panoramic views.

The route chosen was then along Sands Lane and Sheepdyke Lane past the Pin Fold and up Stonegate, round Sebastopol Corner, down Castle Hill, along the shopping street then up New Hill and back onto the Wolds proper to re-join the planned cycle route. This has helped to put Hunmanby firmly on the cycling map. The village gives a warm welcomes to cyclists, who come year round. The village station has cycle racks and local line can accommodate 2 bikes. Northern staff on the line are very accommodating and friendly 

The village has a good range of accommodation, both for cyclists in need of  just an overnight stay or using Hunmanby as a base for several cycle rides. The number of accommodation providers has grown in recent years, self catering to hotel stays.

The Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route was developed a decade ago, prior to the Tour de Yorkshire coming to the Yorkshire Coast. The Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route helped Hunmanby gear up to look at ways the village could be welcoming to cyclists. When the Tour de Yorkshire has visited the village the streets have been decorated by volunteers and the crowds have turned out for the spectacle. Now 10 year later the economic benefits to traders is very visible, helped by the growth in leisure cycling. The Yorkshire Wolds are a superb place to cycle, mile after mile of uninterrupted views and quiet bye ways. Hunmanby is one of the best places to stay with its wide range of accommodation Link to Accommodation in Hunmanby page

Further details about the Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route from the official Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route website 

or the unofficial site Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route

There are some great one day cycle trails called 'Big Sky Cycle Rides'

This one you can start and finish in Hunmanby, called 'The Great Wolds Valley' Ideal if you are staying in the village and would like to have an enjoyable day out cycling, and seeing what the unspoilt Yorkshire Wolds has to offer

TheGreat Wolds Valley Cycle Trail Website

If you are interested in cycling, need to hire cycles and need them delivering to your accommodation or need a repair, there is a local cycle shop that can help in Filey, Bike About Filey also run a cycle shop Tel 01723 518314

further information: Bike about Filey website

Bike about Filey are passionate about cycling, they are keen to encourage all ages to cycle. They have put together some suggested cycle routes to get the most out of the great cycling country that this part of Yorkshire offers. The maps are nicely produced and offer suggestions to shorten the route.  Like...

A circular route between Hunmanby and Filey, ideal as it can be started at any point and takes you back, after 15 km to where you started. The route passes the railway station in Hunmanby and Orchard Farm Holiday Village. The route passes close to Filey station, so this offers the option of coming back on the train if for example the weather turns poor, bikes travel free on the local train! This is the link to the Hunmanby and Filey route

A route this takes in Filey, Reighton and Hunmanby Gap, (and the great café with its sea views) more challenging at 20.5km. Again being circular, where you start is where you will finish. This route goes past both Orchard Farm Holiday Village and Hunmanby Railway Station. Again the route is close to Filey railway station, so again this offers the opportunity to get the train back to Hunmanby, with bikes travelling free on the local train, if the weather turns poor.  This is the link to the webpage covering the Hunmanby Reighton and Filey route

Photograph of snowdrops on Bartindale Road by Bartindale Farm

Another circular route, this time 23km, but it gives you the first proper flavour of the Yorkshire Wolds. Bartindale Road out of Hunmanby is as great cycling route. Again there are options to shorten the route, and at Filey again if the weather is poor to use the train back to the Hunmanby, with bikes travelling free on the train.  This passes Dale Farm, so is an ideal cycle tour if on holiday there.  This is the link to the webpage covering the Wolds Sea Views route 

Again circular, more extensive cycling on unspoilt bye-ways in the Yorkshire Wolds 52km, the route passes both Orchard Farm Holiday Village on Stonegate and Dale Farm Holiday Accomodation on the Bartindale Road. The route passes close to the railway stations at Filey, Hunmanby and Bempton, so offering options to shorten the route if required due to the weather. Bikes travel free on the local trains. Further details from this link to the Filey and Flamborough cycle route

A more challenging circular cycle route 56kn, taking in a big tour of the Wolds villages of Burton Fleming, Rudston, Kilham, Thwing, Foxholes and Forden. Passes close to Hunmanby and Filey stations, offering the possibility to shorten the route if required due to weather and use the train, with bikes travelling free. The route passes Orchard Farm Holiday Village and Dale Farm is not far from the route.Further details from this link to the Wolds Villages Cycle Route

This route is strenuous due to the distance, 72km, from Filey & Hunmanby to Sledmere. It is circular, and passes both Orchard Farm Holiday Village and Dale Farm accommodation. With the option of shortening the route and passing close to both Filey and Hunmanby Railway Station where bikes travel free on the local train.  Further details from the Filey to Sledmere Cycle Route

Charity Bike Ride Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July 2020

(Due to the current situation the event has been cancelled and a new date for 2021, arranged please see the link below)

144 miles over 2 days, Saturday 4th July and Sunday 5th July, A different kind of charity bike ride. The Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Challenge is a unique fundraising event that in the past 9 years has gained a reputation amongst riders as ‘the friendly one’.  Whilst it’s a challenging two-day event that’s recognised by British Cycling, this isn’t a competition, race or sportive reserved for serious riders.  We actively encourage riders of all ages, abilities and experience levels to get involved, have fun and push themselves, and the challenge is particularly popular with female riders (almost half of our entry is female). The bike ride raises funds for Ryedale Special Families. On the first day the bike ride travels along Stonegate, Hunmanby.

Further details: Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Challenge website

However there will now be a ‘virtual’ event 

From Saturday 4th July 2020  to Friday 31st July 2020   

The Challenge is free to enter and is open to all ages and abilities raising funds for Ryedale Special Families. You can do the required distance (144 miles) however you like between 4th and 31st July. On the website you can register your entry, make a donation if you want, create a fundraising target if you can, and email all your contacts to invite sponsorship.  You can also join Strava to enable you to keep everyone up to date with your progress. Once entered you'll have created your own page where you can blog/post and share on social media, which is great for spreading the word. You can enter as an individual or create your own team, whereby you can invite others to join your team. Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Challenge are also keen to attract families too, entering as a family team it'll give the kids something different and exciting to get involved in during the month of July. Please like and share to the Facebook page from the website - Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Challenge want as many people as possible to get involved.  There is a Frequently Asked Questions Page 

This is the link to the Webpage of Virtual Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Challenge 2020

This is the link to the Virtual Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Challenge 2020 facebook page

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