ManHoc Raid Richmond’s Castle Ramparts

( Or was it Just the Cake shop )

Manhoc ride Sunday 9th June 2024 to Richmond Castle.

Starting from our usual Rising Bridge Macs at an early time of 10.00am.

However, on arrival the heavens opened and another round of coffees were ordered.

An hour later it was clear and sun on the horizon, and it was back on the bikes and up and over the moors to Skipton. Then up, into the North Yorkshire Park onto the twisting route to Kettlewell, Leyburn and Richmond, ready for lunch at the castle (just take a look at that photo of that fab cake shop for lunch and Rich’s glee)!!

With its breath-taking views of the Yorkshire Dales, Richmond Castle fully deserves its place as one of the finest tourist attractions in North Yorkshire.

The castle was originally built to subdue the unruly North of England and is one of the greatest Norman fortresses in Britain.

The visit included an interactive exhibition of the castle history before taking a peaceful stroll around the secluded Cockpit Garden.

Parking was free in the delightful cobble square, full of interesting small shops.  

The weather continued to be excellent and the return ride was west, continuing over the beautiful Dales to Hawes, and then it’s that great road to Settle and on to Macs at Clitheroe for final coffee, cakes and hugs.

A great day’s ride only to be drenched on the way home from Macs! – you can’t be lucky all day!!