I last surveyed this area in 2009 and vividly remember a beautiful warm, sunny day in 2009 when the ground was dry, the riders all thirsty and hot and not a drop of rain fell. It won’t be like this on 23rd March!
On the second of three visits to The Wolds, roads were closed after heavy snow the previous night, roads were flooded with meltwater, tracks were unrideable as I began to re-think my plan and complete the whole ride on minor roads! The third visit was drenched in sunshine and even though some tracks cut up badly, they were mainly rideable, so Garry Wright and I completed the survey and hopefully have planned out a course that will challenge the young and energetic, encourage the beginners whilst opening up the wonderful views across the western Wolds.
The ride consists of road and bridleway, so whatever the weather, you will be able to ride most of the route. If the weather improves (or just stays dry) then the bridleways will be excellent. Both the 4 & 2 hour events should allow riders to explore many of the small country lanes and bridleways around Pocklington, Millington and Huggate, with some riders making it to Thixendale.
A word of caution about the landowners, who are not the most encouraging when bikes appear, so please note the out of bounds tracks and close all gates that you open.