MORE than 1,500 motorcyclists from across the UK will descend on a country estate near York this weekend for an annual rally.

The Yorkshire Pudding Rally, organised by Motorcycle Action Yorkshire, is being held for the first time at Escrick Park, just off the A19, between Selby and York.

Peter Walker said he and fellow organisers travelled for hundreds of miles across Yorkshire before deciding on the estate.

“The site is set in a lovely area of Yorkshire, just a few miles from the famous Squires Café, and the rally itself is to be on a wonderful pasture land site,” he said.

He revealed that bikers would be coming from as far away as Cornwall and Inverness. Bikes will range in size from from 50cc to 2000cc, but no cars would be allowed in.

“This is a celebration of the motor bike,” he said.

The rally will start tomorrow evening, with music by Fractured Valves and Big Day, followed by a bike show on Saturday afternoon, with judging and prizegiving, before Gypsies, the Les Nichol Band and GunLaw provide more musical entertainment. The rally will finish on Sunday evening.

The action group’s website says bikers can bring children at a cost of £10 per child but they must be kept under strict supervision, as some of the entertainment on site may be of an “adult nature.”

It says a large bonfire will be lit both nights but campfires are not allowed.

Charlie Forbes Adam, who runs the family-owned estate, said: “We are delighted to hold the rally in the parkland and are very pleased that Motorcycle Action Yorkshire have chosen us as their venue this year.

“We pride ourselves on hosting a whole series of different events here and this rally follows hard on the heels of a very successful Sheepdogs Trials weekend. “Whatever the event, we are confident that the beauty, size and facilities of Escrick Park will enable everyone to have a fantastic time.”