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Leeds to York

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Distance
30 miles
Terrain
On road, mainly country lanes. No significant hills
A picturesque route running through villages and quiet lanes from Leeds to York. Return via the same route or by train from York Station (£10 single ticket)
Though mostly signposted, you should take a road map.
Starting from within Leeds, the first major point to aim for is the windmill roundabout at Seacroft where the A64 York Road diverges from the Leeds ring road. The simplest and quickest route is to follow York Road out from Regent Street, though there are quieter alternatives to be found by zig-zagging thrugh Harehills & Seacroft. From the roundabout, follow the A64 towards York then take the signposted turnoff to Thorner, leaving the main road behind.
Follow the road through Thorner (and any signs to Bramham), as it bends sharply to the right onto Church Hill. This road eventually crosses the A1 outside of Bramham. Once over the A1, turn right, then first left into Bramham then turn right just past the garage. Follow the road through Clifford then right at the end (A658) to reach Tadcaster. Turn left at the end of the road (Kirkgate) then, once across the river, take the 2nd left (traffic-lights at the hilltop).
Now you're really into the country lanes, and isn't it grand, rolling through the scenery, not a car in sight, the only sound being the gentle zen-like hum of your bike as it eats up the miles ... but I digress, keep the miles rolling and you'll reach Wighill, then Healaugh. Turn left here to head for York.
From Healaugh, follow the road down past Askham Richard then turn into Askham Bryan. Turn right in the centre and you'll reach the York ring-road. Cross the main road following the posted cycleroute signs to Acomb. Left at the mini roundabout then right at the end of the road then you'll be able to follow the road all the way into the centre of York, signs for the station or the city centre.

The Eccup Run

Route Map
Distance
13 miles
Terrain
On road, mixed grades
A circular ride North of Leeds, out via the Harrogate road then past Eccup Reservoir, along country lanes through Eccup (optional pub call) and back across the ring road to enter Leeds along the Otley road via Headingley.
Uphill on the way out, downhill on the way back.

Canalbank To Horsforth

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An easy run along the canal bank, past the remnants of Leeds industrial past out past Armley & Kirkstall then back along the main Abbey/Kirkstall road.

Cycle routes around Darlington

Stapleton, Croft, Neasham Circular

Route Map
Distance
9 miles
Terrain
Mainly on road with 1 off-road (bridleway) section.
A gentle afternoon ride with 1 scenic off-road section via a bridleway, pleasant views across the fields.
2 crossings of the bypass but each at a roundabout so the traffic will be slowed down.
From the town centre, head out along Grange Road (A167) past South Park, Skerne Park & Blackwell Grange Hotel. Past the Rugby Club, take the 2nd exit at the roundabout, keeping the car showroom on your left.
Over the River Tees, turn left at the next roundabout (you don't want to be on the motorway :P) and head down the road to the village of Stapleton, taking the first road on the left. Follow this road along. There's a farm at the end to your right but your route is left of this through the marked field-gate.
Following the path along, you'll descend into Croft & emerge muddied by the Croft Hotel. Head left up the road & over the river. From The Comet pub you can either follow the road along to the left then turn right at the next roundabout to take the shorter route back to town, or turn right & up the hill through Hurworth towards Neasham.
If you turn right at The Comet, simply continue along the road & turn left after about 1.5 miles (by the Otter & Fish) This turning will lead you to Neasham Road and Darlington, only a few miles to go.
Straight over the A67 at the bypass, you can continue to Yarm Road at the end & turn left there to reach the town centre.

To Walworth Gate & back

Route Map
Distance
12 miles
Terrain
On road, surfaced cycletrack & well-made farm track
Cross the countryside & visit villages over the A1, with a coffee stop part-way round
Leaving the town centre near M&S, you can either head up North Road, take the first left and zig-zag up through Faverdale following the council's cycle route signsa for an interesting look at some of the victorian estates or take the more direct route up the Barnard Castle road (which the faverdale route joins anyway).

Neasham long loop via Girsby & Yarm

Route Map
Distance
24 miles
Terrain
On road. Some steep hills, which you can avoid cycling up by riding the route backwards (Darlington - Yarm - Girsby - Neasham)