I often take my bike from London via Darlington and Middlesbrough to Danby, in all seasons and all weathers. Mine is a girly London bike designed by the Dutch (for their flat roads) and built by the Germans (for their pothole-free roads). I had had my bike serviced the previous day, but as I cycled to Kings Cross realised the back wheel hadn’t been put back on tightly enough. It got looser with every change of train and by the time I got to the Esk Valley line I was beginning to wonder how I’d manage to get across the moors to my final destination…
My distinctive bike often gets interested comments from complete strangers – and fortunately there were several on the train who were bicycle connoisseurs. One of them had a collection of bike tools in his rucksack and so was able to do a bit of first-aid. I was really grateful that I didn’t have to push my beast of burden up that hill out of Danby – especially as it was too late for the bakery so there was no chance of cake to help me on my way!
Also of interest to cyclists
Esk Valley Railway Cycle Route: A linear 22-mile route which starts at Kildale station and follows the Esk Valley Railway, using the train to return to the start. View a description of the route.
Moor to Sea Cycle Route: The Moor to Sea Cycle Network booklet provides more than 100 miles of cycle routes divided into 9 sections, with maps, timings and distances. It can be purchased online from the North York Moors National Park Authority or view the route online
Cycle Hire: Dr Cranks Bike Shack, 20 Skinner Street, Whitby, N. Yorks. YO21 3AJ. Tel: 01947 606661 Email: email@example.com
Trailways, The Old Railway Station, Hawsker, Whitby. Tel: 01947 820207 www.trailways.info
The Bikes and Trains website: A useful website devoted to the enjoyment of rail and cycle travel and transporting bikes by train. www.bikesandtrains.co.uk