Looking for an adventure with a cosmic feel, our writer reckons a new cycling centre in the wonderfully named Great Fryup Dale will fit the bill
Kevin RushbySun 4 Feb 2018 11.00 GMT
The best trips, I reckon, are those where you arrive home feeling like you’ve been to the other side of the cosmos. And the strange thing is that those trips don’t have to involve travelling very far – or remortgaging the house. I’m on a mission to see how close to home I can find such a trip. Not only that, but how cheaply it can be done, and how easily arranged. When someone mentions Fryup Dale, my “other end of the cosmos” radar lights up. It is on the North York Moors, has an irresistible name, and no one I know has heard of it. I leap into action.
On an OS map I locate Fryup, and realise, with a shock, that I know nothing of these valleys: Great Fryup, Little Fryup, Glaisdale, Kildale and Baysdale. A new cycling centre, the Yorkshire Cycle Hub, complete with bunkhouse, cafe and cottages, is opening. I ring Phil, who runs the place with his wife, Sarah. He’s the son of a local retired farmer and a keen mountain biker.
“The idea came from seeing cycling centres in Oregon. We loved them so much, we decided to bring their spirit and style back home.”
He goes on to explain that he’s not offering any dedicated mountain bike tracks. “There’s no red, blue and black – the normal type of trails you might expect. But this is a wonderful area for cycle exploration – on either road or mountain bikes. You could try the Epic – it’s a 52km mountain bike circuit.”
“How long does that take?”
There is a pause. “It’s quite tough. Actually, no one has ever completed it.”
This is it, I think: the far side of the galaxy on my doorstep.