January flat cycling

January flat cycling keeps fitness levels up. And ice and downhill sections do not mix. We have had a couple of great rides this week, with two new cycling cafes to report back on.

Beningbrough loop

The winter bike has finally returned from repairs. The front cogs, rear cassette, chain, front derailleur, and bottom bracket are all new. It feels like a new bike and cost almost as much! These repairs needed a test and so a January flat cycling loop was called for.

This is a classic flat cycling loop It takes you from Boston Spa, over the River Ure at Aldwark Bridge, round to York and then back. All in, this covers just over 43 miles, mostly tucked in close to the river. Curiously the river is the Ure above Aldwark Bridge, but the Ouse below it on the way to York. No idea why!

There are a couple of highlights along this great flat route.

Beningbrough loop – Home Farm café

The coffee or lunch stop of choice is at Home Farm Beningbrough, in the grounds of the Beningbrough Hall. Cycle in past the Hall, which is well posted from the road out of Newton-on-Ouse, and the shop and café are easy to find. Their web site is at  A favourite with cyclists, they have decent opening times all year. There is plenty on the menu for all to get stuck into and so this café has been added to our listing of cyclists cafes at

They were surprisingly busy when I stopped for lunch, so a possible downside could be the danger that they are full up. Less of a worry in summer with bags of room outside.

Winter Bike at Beningbrough Hall farm shop. No sign of any shepherds or ex P.M.’s in that hut

Beningbrough Farm Shop and Cafe

Beningbrough loop – National cycle Network route 65

The second highlight of the trip was the route into the centre of York. National Cycle Network route 65 starts about 5 miles out and takes you under the busy York ring road into the heart of the city entirely traffic free. Awesome!

Winter bike on a bridge on National Cycle network route 65, near York


Boroughbridge and the Hideaway Kitchen

The temperature was hovering a tiny amount above freezing. We were definitely sticking to the flat lands, and so was every other cyclist in Yorkshire. Vast armies in huge pelotons covered the route on our way to Boroughbridge – you can see where we went at .

The route is a firm favourite with cyclists, especially those looking for January flat cycling. We have cycled 46 miles many times on this route, which is well served with great places to stop. We pushed on through our normal coffee stops in Boroughbridge and tried the Hideaway Kitchen for the first time today. Great decision. The Hideaway Kitchen has earned its place on our list of cyclists cafés . The food is great, there is a cycle rack for parking outside, which is always promising. At 10.30 am we were greeted by friendly staff and an open fire roaring away.

It is worth checking the web site before you go, at, as opening times are restricted to Thursday to Sunday.

The bike rack at Hideaway Kitchen, Lower Dunsforth

Hideaway Kitchen, Lower Dunsforth



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