The 26mile loop starts/ finishes at Fadmoor (Just north of Kirkbymoorside)on quite roads round the North York Moors valley of Bransdale, dropping down to Medieval Helmsley then on the flat lands of Harome and Wombleton.
The ‘lost dale’ of Bransdale – north of Kirkbymoorside and Helmsley – is a gem, smaller and more remote than the dales on either side, only accessible on a single road that loops around the flanking moors via the dalehead at Cockayne. There is no village in the dale – just a necklace of farmhouses set halfway up the dale sides, a shooting lodge and an old mill – while most of the farmland is owned by the National Trust. Consequently, Bransdale retains a serene, traditional character, with little to get in the way of the fabulous cycling!!!