WHITE ROSE ROUTE DESCRIPTION
Cycle alongside the river Ouse, the quiet country roads of the Vale of York, and on to the foothills of the North Yorkshire Moors. The route takes in some of Yorkshires finest scenery between the two still bustling towns of Hull and Middlesbrough. There is the walled city of York and market towns of Beverley, Howden, Selby, Thirsk and Northallerton, and dozens of villages to give you a chance to feel the heart of this unique part of Yorkshire
From the port of Hull, the route takes you into the heart of the city - a contrast of old and new, and steeped in maritime history. From here you have a choice of two memorable routes to York, travelling north through the Minster town of Beverley and into the rolling East Yorkshire Wolds, or westward via the Trans Pennine Trail and onto the Selby to York Railway Path.
Heading north out of York, the route follows the banks of the Ouse to Beningbrough Hall, a National Trust property. It continues on quiet lanes through the Vale of York and on reaching Easingwold there are options either to the market town of Thirsk (remaining on level terrain), or into the Hambleton Hills. The latter option offers a further choice at the famous White Horse of Kilburn - a high level route through the dramatic landscape of the North York Moors National Park or the equally attractive but slightly less demanding route round the Hambleton foothills with opportunities to visit Thirsk and Northallerton. Either way, the route takes you onto the high moorland plateau, before descending to the Cleveland plain, calling at a series of pleasant villages on the way to the Tees Estuary.
You even get to travel through the Solar System on the White Rose Route.
Information courtesy of Sustrans