Day 16 - Robin Hood's Bay to New Holland

Posted by: Rob on 07/06/2023
Humber Bridge


80.30 mi
07/06/2023 07:46 BST
9.92 mph
28.55 mph
13610.18 Btu
0.08 hp
Elevation Gain
Elevation Gain:
3271.00 ft
3610.24 ft
Elevation Range
Elevation Range:
651.57 ft
15.75 ft
70 °F
50 °F
932.30 mi
164.67 mi
399.65 mi
932.30 mi
164.67 mi
399.65 mi

More South!

I got underway before 8 again and was looking forward to the ride down to Scarborough on the Cinder Track cycle path.

I rode some of this back in 2011 and it was like a WW1 battle field after a week of heavy shelling so I gave up and got on the road pretty quick.

Things must have improved since then, right? Well, a bit. It's still pretty rough in places and very slow going to avoid all the massive holes and rocks.

The good thing about it is that it stays high and flat being a former railway line. There are also some great views.

When I got to within about 5 miles of Scarborough, I got off and hit the road and was there in no time at all.

I had something to eat in Scarborough, then climbed out of the town and into the Yorkshire Wolds. Really nice riding here - the hills are manageable and the roads quiet.

The miles were really starting to tick by and I reckoned I could make it over the bridge to a decent looking campsite I'd found.

I caught site of the bridge and thought I'd be there in no time. About an hour later I finally got there! I guess it's so huge it appears much closer than it actually is!

The crossing was great fun as it always is on monster bridges.

It was a bit of a treck down a rubbish path on the other side (I should have just taken the road) but I got there in the end.

It's a great site on an Alpaca farm in the middle of nowhere. It even has its own pub called the Alpaca Arms!

There's a chippy in the next village, but I really can't be bothered to cycle there, so the bloke suggested I order a pizza in from Barton as they deliver out here. So that's what I've done!

Should be here any minute!

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mikej on 07/06/2023 23:19:40
Hi Rob, shame about the pizza, perhaps they make them to an alpaca recipe? I know the organist/choir master at Beverley Minster - Robert Poyser was our accompanist for 3 or 4 years while he was working at Chelmsford Cathedral.. Epic victory for West Ham tonight! All best Dad
Karen on 07/06/2023 20:43:59
Impressive bridge photos! You’re certainly making good progress on your trip back down South. Can you post a photo of the alpacas?! Or are they too shy to be photographed?
gillianlaw on 07/06/2023 21:08:05
Alpacas, yes! And a photo of the pizza if you haven't already scoffed it. All this is making me want to tour again, it's been a few years...
Rob on 07/06/2023 21:48:24
The Alpacas are in a field a little way from my tent and it's nearly dark now I'm afraid. They always run away from me anyway! As for the pizza - it was the grimmest pizza I have ever eaten. It's OK though because a. I was starving and b. It was cheap!