York Cycle Rally: stage 3 (85km)

York-Castle Howard-Malton-York 85km

After two full days crunching tarmac on my own, it was good to make adjustments to riding with a social group, and to being led by a local Yorkshire man who had done the route planning.York-Castle Howard-Malton 85km

This was a leisurely circular route that would take us up into the Howardian Hills, to Castle Howard, then on to Malton, returning to York through a variety of small pretty villages, negotiating some demanding 15% hills in the process.

I never realised that this area had so many connections with the Battle of Waterloo….and it so happened we were visiting during the bicentenary weekend of that fateful historic event. Frederick Howard (of Castle Howard) was killed in action while leading the last charge of the Battle of Waterloo (June 18th 1815), and in a village graveyard a few miles away, there lies another soldier, victim of the very same battle.IMAG1868

The ancient market town of Malton is, among other things, very proud of its close connections with Charles Dickens, who was not only a frequent visitor, but is believed to have written A Christmas Carol there. So proud are they of their connections that they have formed the Charles Dickens (Malton) Society to raise the profile of the links. Click here.

But I loved the sense of humour of one of the town’s retailers……..IMAG1873IMAG1872IMAG1871

There’s nowt so queer as Yorkshire folk!


About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on July 1, 2015, in York Cycle Rally 2015 and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Hello Frank,
    Those shop window notices are a bit akin to the spiritists meating when the dialogue was as follows:- “Is there anyone there?, Knock once for yes and twice for no!”
    Phil Lewis, Chippenham Wheelers

  2. Thanks for this post. We will be staying a month in Yorkshire this year. We will be very close to Malton. We have rented a cottage for our stay.

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