National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 65 is a Sustrans National Route that runs from Hornsea on the North Sea Coast of The East Riding of Yorkshire via Hull and York to Middlesbrough. It is fully open and signed.
Between Hornsea and York it forms the eastern end of the Trans Pennine Trail. The section between York and Linton-on-Ouse is part of the Way of the Roses. In 1998 Route 65 between Hull and Middlesbrough was branded The White Rose cycle route. This branding is no longer in use.
|NCN Route 65|
|Length||214 km (133 mi)|
|Designation||UK National Cycle Network|
|Trailheads||Hornsea (south) to Middlesbrough (north)|
|Highest point||Silton Forest, 305 m (1,001 ft)|
|Lowest point||Hornsea, 0 m (0 ft)|
This part of the route runs almost entirely along the dismantled track bed of the Hull and Hornsea Railway and is known as the Hornsea Rail Trail. The path takes a straight route over the flat Holderness plain and is 15 miles (24 km) in length.
Route 65 avoids the Yorkshire Wolds by running along the banks of the Humber Estuary, passing under the Humber Bridge. A very flat route, there is a small climb at Welton. Mainly on quiet country lanes as far as Selby, there are several short traffic free sections. From Selby to York the route uses the trackbed of the old East Coast Mainline railway, which was bought by Sustrans for £1 and turned into one of its very first traffic free paths. On a 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) section of this path is a scale model of the Solar System
NCN Route 66 provides an alternative route between Hull and York.
Following a traffic free route out of York, the rest of the route is almost entirely on quiet country lanes. North of York, NCN 65 passes Beningbrough Hall. There are two routes here, the path through the National Trust grounds is one-way, so the northbound path is routed around the perimeter. At Easingwold, Route 65 leaves the flat for the first time as it approaches the North York Moors. Running along the foothills there are several short steep climbs/descents. The route climbs over the North Western edge of the North York Moors, passing to the east of Osmotherley. It's high point is reached via a long steep climb up a forestry commission path. The route in Middlesbrough is mainly traffic free.
The original route north of York consisted of three branches all numbered as Route 65. In 2009 Sustrans introduced 3 digit numbers for shorter local routes and two of the three branches of Route 65 were renumbered. The Thirsk branch became Route 657 and the High Level Option is now Route 656. The Low Level Option remains as Route 65.
There are over 1000 Mileposts on the National Cycle Network. A number of the mileposts are located on Route 65.
Route 65 meets the following routes:
Route 65 is part of the Way of the Roses along with:
National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 658 is a Sustrans Regional Route. It is 2 miles long. It provides a connection between Route 65 and Route 66 through York city centre. The full length of the route is part of the Way of the Roses. It is fully signed and open.
National Cycle Route 65