Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Old Buckenham cyclists' adventure

 Cycling across England

Hugh and Francis Darrah finished their own customised version of the Way of the Roses at Runswick Bay, just north of Whitby on Monday 24 May. They had started from Morcambe the previous Friday in heavy rain which eased after a couple of hours. The rest of the 145 miles was a mixture of overcast and sunshine with either a gentle crosswind or a favourable tail wind. 

Leaving Lancashire quite quickly they passed through the Yorkshire Dales and descended into the Vale of York from Brimham Rocks, passing through the grounds of Fountains Abbey before a quick excursion around Ripon. A brief climb in the Howardian Hills took them through Ampleforth and onto Pickering before a glorious south to north crossing of the North York Moors brought them to the coast at Runswick Bay. They finished at the bank top before walking down the 1 in 4 road that leads to the sea. 

Lydia Darrah had supported them all the way with lunch stops and they all met together in b&bs or pubs for the overnight stops. They have admitted walking up a few of the steeper hills but their Norfolk training paid off and they made it without feeling completely exhausted and are looking forward to another challenge on their bikes.

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