This is my favourite short Pocklington cycle route from The Bungalow. Particularly if I’m short of time or just fancy a leg stretch. At 12 miles and an elevation of 982ft it’s a decent workout. Most of the hill work is at the beginning (providing you head east from the Bungalow!). Head up KP hill and turn right on to Cobdale Lane. Leaving a stunning drop into Millington pastures.
Millington village is sixteen miles from beautiful historic York and almost three miles from the market town of Pocklington. It is known as the gateway to the Yorkshire Wolds, and popular with walkers and cyclists alike.
Despite being a short cycle there are plenty of places for a cafe stop on route, for example.
At the end of Cobdale lane you can turn right into Huggate to visit Rachel’s Walnut Cottage Tea Room. A family run tearoom where everything is fresh, home made and absolutely delicious.
The Wolds Inn also sits in the village of Huggate offering locally sourced home cooked food, local beers, a sizeable car park, a tidy beer garden to the rear and benches out the front of the pub.
One of my favourites stops on this route is the Ramblers Rest Tea Rooms.
“Renowned for its charming, cosy ambience and freshly cooked, homely food using family recipes and seasonal, local food. The Ramblers’ Rest at Millington offers guests a spacious area in which to enjoy the delights that have made it famous throughout Yorkshire and beyond.”
The Yorkshire ‘Skon’
Home to the Yorkshire ‘Skon’, this is truly one of the best ‘Skon’ stops I’ve found on any Pocklington cycle route.
On leaving Millington, head down hill and south, which takes you down a bit of a decent, then a short climb. Free wheel all the way past the KP Golf Club on your right and the Madhyamaka Buddhist Centre at Kilnwick Percy Hall on your left. At the bottom of the hill take a right and make your way back into Pocklington.
Having decided that the out door living area needed some tender loving care, I took my self off to Langlands to buy lavender. I later returned £55 lighter, how does that happen?!
Landlands is a large garden centre at Shiptonthorpe about 6 miles to the south east of Pocklington on the A1078 Hull Road. It has lots of gorgeous things to buy, along with a lovely cafe.
Since the next door hedge took a severe haircut, I felt the seating area on the patio had lost a little privacy, so I installed some bamboo screening along one side. I’m loving the effect, it makes it more of a sun trap than it already was.
I’m also loving the ladybugs and the bumble bee climbing up the screen.
The next step was to brighten up the old dolly tub in the corner that was hosting a fine selection of weeds.
The tub has been drilled for water drainage and I’ve planted it with English Lavender and Clematis. I’m hoping the Clematis will grow up the trellis and also the other direction to spill over the railings.
Next I installed the BBQ stand that Gavin made. Precision engineering in stainless steel at its best!
Finally I snapped a couple of pictures of the garden for the website, as I’d had some feedback from a guest that they hadn’t realised there was a garden.
If like me, you can’t bear the thought of walking there and back, and need a circular walk…here’s my top short circular Pocklington dog walk. The route is mainly footpaths and tracks, with a short road section. Offering some lovely views over Pocklington town.
This short Pocklington walk is 0.7 miles, and should take 15-20 minutes. It took us 25 this morning as I stopped to take pictures, and Bonnie seemed to having a ‘slow’ day!
Like most of the walks from The Bungalow you’ll start by crossing the road and taking the public foot path up the hill sign posted Kilnwick Percy. Walk up the hill and across Gus Walker Drive. Continue climbing steeply up the steps until the path levels out and divides. You will need to turn bear here. Walk along the left of the hedge by the side of the golf course.
You will now find your self on Chapel Hill. Which was an outstanding beauty spot in Pocklington before the housing development which now covers most of the hillside. When you reach a chalk path, turn left, this will take you down the hill. Here you will see some lovely views over Pocklington.
Looking in to the distance on a clear day you should be able to spot the power stations. From the left to right they are named Drax, Eggborough and Ferrybridge. On an evening you might be lucky enough to catch a stunning sunset over the town.
Descend the hill and on reaching the bottom turn left along Denison Road. After the house numbered 14 turn left again up an alleyway/snicket/ginnel (delete…depending on where you’re from!).
On exit from the alleyway/snicket/ginnel turn left again and then right up the steep hill, back onto St Helens Road to complete your Pocklington dog walk!
Completing the Way of the Roses cycle route in 4 days in 2016 was my inspiration for turning The Bungalow, Pocklington into an Airbnb.
The Way of The Roses cycle route runs from Morecambe to Bridlington covering 170 miles. Here’s my story…
Feeling very adventurous I set off on my own, and cycled Route 66 the Pocklington to York section, where I caught the train to Lancaster. The cycle from there to Morecambe bay was easy, and I was the first of our group to arrive.
Day 1 Morecambe to Settle.
On the morning of day 1 we dipped our tyres in the sea. Posed for a few photos and then cycled our first 36 miles to Settle. The route started easily, and became a little more challenging as we reached Settle.
Day 2 Settle to Bishop Thornton.
Day 2 saw us challenge the infamous high hill lane out of Settle, and I’m not ashamed to say that we all walked a fair part of it. There’s no shame in walking I always say, the only shame is not getting your bike out in the first place! High Hill Lane is a long brutal climb with slopes up to 30%. My legs and lungs will never forget.
Near the end of day 2 we had a slight detour via Brimham Rocks, which was well worth it.
Day 3 Bishop Thornton to Pocklington.
On day 3 Bishop Thornton to Pocklington, we saw the hills turn into gentle undulations and the scenery become more cultured as we passed by Fountains Abbey, Beningborough Hall and York Minster. Obviously on the night of day 3 we stayed at The Bungalow in Pocklington!
Day 4 Pocklington to Bridlington.
On our 4th and final day we cycled the last 44 miles to Bridlington. This was my least favourite day. We had left behind the stunning scenery and the well known landmarks, and the weather took a turn for the worse. When we stopped for refreshments at Sewerby Hall, it took great strength of character to get back on the bike! The only photos taken on day 4 were at the end.
Arriving in Bridlington in the rain, I’ve never been more glad of a cup of tea!
In case you’re wondering…no I didn’t cycle home!!
I felt way of the roses 4 days was a very manageable length of time for our group. We were able to enjoy the scenery and didn’t feel rushed at any of the stops we made, thoroughly recommended. Just for the record The Way of the Roses total ascent was 7621 ft!!
Every time I go to Pocklington Arts Centre it reminds me just what an awesome place we have here.
Last night was no exception, The South put on an outstanding performance and had the whole place on their feet dancing away.
The South have always been in my top 10 must listen to bands, so when I was walking through Pocklington a few weeks ago and saw they were playing, I got out my phone to take a picture and send it to Tessie, as I knew she’d love to see them. Strangely, and I do believe it fate, coincidences and all that weird stuff, Tessie just happened to walk by at that exact same moment, so tickets were purchased on the spot.
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When great British pop institution, The Beautiful South split in 2007, some members of the band didn’t feel ready to hang up their microphones or instruments just yet… And so The South embarked on their journey. Celebrating the Beautiful South legacy and great songs of their own, the band continues performing the classic songs including: A Little Time – the number one single, Perfect 10, Rotterdam, Old Red Eyes, Good as Gold, Don’t Marry Her. Their live show promises to continue to celebrate and perform the classic Beautiful South songs along with songs from The South’s debut album ‘Sweet Refrains
The evening began with a jolly nice tea time special at The Feathers, and ended with a selfie in the Black Bull with the lead singer Alison Wheeler, what a night, thank you Pocklington Arts Centre and all who sail in her!