National Cycle Route 65

National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 65 is a Sustrans National Route that runs from Hornsea on the North Sea Coast of The East Riding of Yorkshire via Hull and York to Middlesbrough. It is fully open and signed.

NCN Route 65
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National Cycle Network signpost in Kirby Knowle, North Yorkshire.
Established1998
Length214 km (133 mi)
LocationYorkshire, UK
DesignationUK National Cycle Network
TrailheadsHornsea (south) to Middlesbrough (north)
UseCycling
Elevation
Highest pointSilton Forest, 305 m (1,001 ft)
Lowest pointHornsea, 0 m (0 ft)
Cycling details
Trail difficultyModerate
WaymarkNCN arrow sign 65.svg
WebsiteOfficial website
Trail map
NCN route 65 on OpenStreetMap.jpg

Between Hornsea and York it forms the eastern end of the Trans Pennine Trail. The section between York and Linton-on-Ouse is part of the Way of the Roses. In 1998 Route 65 between Hull and Middlesbrough was branded The White Rose cycle route.[1] This branding is no longer in use.

RouteEdit

National Cycle Route 65
 
 
 
Start at Junc with   1 
 
0
 
1
Middlesbrough
 
 
13
Joined by   165  from East
 
13
Hutton Rudby
 
 
13
  165  leaves to West
 
18
 
 
22
Start of   656  to West
 
 
24
 
 
 
30
Start of   657  to East
 
 
 
39
End of   656  to West
 
 
39
Coxwold
 
 
44
Easingwold
 
 
45
End of   657  to West
 
 
53
Junc with   688  at Linton-on-Ouse to West
 
 
55
Beningbrough Hall
 
 
64
Junc with   658  at York from East
 
River Ouse, Yorkshire
 
64
York
 
 
65
Joined by   66  at York from East
 
 
 
68
  66  leaves to West
 
68
River Ouse, Yorkshire
 
 
78
Junc with   62  to West
 
78
Selby
 
 
89
Howden
 
 
107
Welton
 
 
112
Humber Bridge
 
 
113
Joined by   1  at Hessle from South
 
 
114
  1  leaves to North
 
118
Hull
 
 
119
Joined by   66  from East
 
 
120
  66  leaves to North
 
133
Hornsea

Hornsea to HullEdit

This part of the route runs almost entirely along the dismantled trackbed of the Hull and Hornsea Railway and is known as the Hornsea Rail Trail. The path takes a straight route over the flat Holderness plain[2] and is 15 miles (24 km) in length.[3]

Hull to YorkEdit

 
Cycle route on former ECML route between Escrick and Naburn

Route 65 avoids the Yorkshire Wolds by running along the banks of the Humber Estuary, passing under the Humber Bridge. A very flat route, there is a small climb at Welton.[4] Mainly on quiet country lanes as far as Selby, there are several short traffic-free sections. From Selby to York the route[5] uses the trackbed of the old East Coast Mainline railway, which was bought by Sustrans for £1 and turned into one of its first traffic-free paths.[6] On a 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) section of this path is a scale model of the Solar System.[7]

NCN Route 66 provides an alternative route between Hull and York.

York to MiddlesbroughEdit

Following a traffic-free route out of York, the rest of the route is almost entirely on quiet country lanes. North of York, NCN 65 passes Beningbrough Hall. There are two routes here, the path through the National Trust grounds is one-way, so the northbound path is routed around the perimeter. At Easingwold, Route 65 leaves the flat for the first time as it approaches the North York Moors. Running along the foothills there are several short steep climbs/descents. The route climbs over the North Western edge of the North York Moors, passing to the east of Osmotherley. Its high point is reached via a long steep climb up a forestry commission path. The route in Middlesbrough is mainly traffic free.

Route 65 forms part of the Way of the Roses Challenge route[8] between York (junction with NCN 658) and Linton-on-Ouse (junction with NCN 688).

DevelopmentsEdit

The route through York was improved in April 2019 with the Scarborough Bridge improvements.[9] The steep steps and narrow deck have been replaced by ramps and a 3.7m wide path.[10]

HistoryEdit

The original route north of York consisted of three branches all numbered as Route 65.[11] In 2009 Sustrans introduced 3 digit numbers for shorter local routes[12] and two of the three branches of Route 65 were renumbered. The Thirsk branch became Route 657 and the High Level Option is now Route 656. The Low Level Option remains as Route 65.

Millennium MilepostsEdit

There are over 1,000 Mileposts on the National Cycle Network.[13] A number of the mileposts are located on Route 65.

Sustrans ID Milepost Type Location coordinates Photo
MP5 Mills York to Beningbrough path 53°59′36″N 1°08′19″W / 53.99325°N 1.1386°W / 53.99325; -1.1386
 
MP5
MP96 Mills Selby 53°47′21″N 1°02′47″W / 53.7893°N 1.0464°W / 53.7893; -1.0464
MP97 Mills Riccall Mound 53°50′25″N 1°03′22″W / 53.8404°N 1.0562°W / 53.8404; -1.0562
 
MP97
MP98 Mills Bishopthorpe 53°55′04″N 1°06′05″W / 53.9179°N 1.1015°W / 53.9179; -1.1015
 
MP98
MP99 Mills Terry's mound (York Racecourse) 53°56′22″N 1°05′24″W / 53.9394°N 1.0901°W / 53.9394; -1.0901
 
MP99
MP114 Mills Youlton 54°03′49″N 1°14′42″W / 54.0636°N 1.245°W / 54.0636; -1.245
 
MP114
MP180 Mills Silton Woods, North Yorkshire 54°20′25″N 1°16′48″W / 54.3403°N 1.2799°W / 54.3403; -1.2799
 
MP180
MP181 Mills Codbeck, Osmotherley, N Yorks 54°22′42″N 1°16′25″W / 54.3784°N 1.2737°W / 54.3784; -1.2737
MP207 Mills Millfields, Easingwold 54°07′31″N 1°11′25″W / 54.1254°N 1.1902°W / 54.1254; -1.1902
 
MP207
MP445 Mills Hull 53°44′37″N 0°20′23″W / 53.7435°N 0.3398°W / 53.7435; -0.3398
MP664 McColl Barmby on the Marsh 53°44′57″N 0°57′58″W / 53.7492°N 0.9661°W / 53.7492; -0.9661

Related NCN routesEdit

 
Way of the Roses signpost at the junction of routes 65 and 658 on the bank of the River Ouse in York

Route 65 meets the following routes:

Route 65 is part of the Way of the Roses along with:

Route 65 is part of the Trans Pennine Trail (East)[14] along with Route 62

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Peace, Richard (2000). The ultimate white rose cycle route guide. Wakefield: Excellent Books. ISBN 9781901464085.
  2. ^ "Hull to Hornsea". GPS Cycle and Walking Routes. GPS Cycle and Walking Routes. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Hull to Hornsea Slow Tour of Yorkshire" (PDF). Sustrans. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Selby to Hessle". GPS Cycle and Walking Routes. GPS Cycle and Walking Routes. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  5. ^ "York to Selby". GPS Cycle and Walking Routes. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  6. ^ "York to Selby - Map | Sustrans". sustrans.org.uk. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Cycle the Solar System". york.ac.uk. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Way of the Roses". Sustrans. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  9. ^ "Scarborough Bridge project". www.york.gov.uk. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  10. ^ Council, City of York. "New Scarborough Bridge foot and cycle bridge to be lifted in by rail crane". www.york.gov.uk. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  11. ^ Peace, Richard (2000). The ultimate white rose cycle route guide. Wakefield: Excellent Books. pp. 68–71, 82–86. ISBN 9781901464085.
  12. ^ "Route numbering system". Sustrans website. Sustrans. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  13. ^ "Millennium Mileposts". Sustrans. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  14. ^ "Trans Pennine Trail (East)". Sustrans. Retrieved 10 November 2016.

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