A series of climbs and the valley of Pasturdale bring you up to Huggate, with its duck pond and small inn where Hockney once stayed. In his youth, Hockney spent two summers stacking corn, cycling and “falling in love with this part of the world.” Heading on you roll around on top of the Wolds before descending with your bike into Thixendale. Nearby is the Robert Fuller Gallery - the artist paints wildlife at his estate with cameras set up in several places. An undulating ride brings you to Kirkham on a point above the river Rye before heading north east into Malton. This is a market town that has provided a welcome for travellers from at least Roman times and is now claimed to be ‘Yorkshire’s food capital’ busy with local stores, bakeries, butchers, micro breweries and restaurants. If you have time, or if you want to take an extra day here, 11km (6.8miles) away is Castle Howard; an ornate, gilded 18th century stately home set in landscaped grounds with fountains, trails and lakes. Even closer to Malton is Eden Camp Museum, an ex-World War II prison camp, now an interesting modern history museum.
Accommodation: A traditional inn at the heart of Malton village with attractive rooms with free Wi-Fi. There is good pub food from locally sourced providers.