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Mountain Biking in the Yorkshire Dales by Ian Boydon

Yorkshire Dales Mountain Bike Routes Guide

This guide book covers the whole of the Yorkshire Dales and includes 30 routes with detailed maps.

The routes have been designed so that they get the very best out of the Dales.

Ordnance Survey maps plus easy to follow route directions.

See below for route details

Book Details:
ISBN: 978-1852846763
Written by Ian Boyden
Published by Cicerone, March 2012
224 pages
Book Size is a compact 12cm x 17.5cm

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RRP £14.95

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The Mountain Biking Routes

Map showing the approximate recommended starting points for each route as indicated in the book.
Click on a marker for route information.


Routes are graded medium,hard and very hard. Novice mountain bikers with reasonable bike-handling skills should be able to complete the medium routes, while experts should be challenged by the hard and, more so, the very hard routes.

In the guide each route includes a map with the route highlighted and clear text directions.

Yorkshire Dales Mountain Bike Routes Photo 1

Short Loops

Route 1. Clapham & Norber

Distance 14km. Grade: Medium

Clapham is an unspoilt village nesting in the south of the national park. It makes an excellent base for a short mountain biking loop that takes in enjoyable lanes and bridleways.

Route 2.  Thoralby

Distance 15km. Grade Medium

Thoralby is situated at the bottom of a storming mountain biking descent. It might not be a technical rockfest, however the wide and firm surface of the walled bridleway descent of Stake Road and Haw Lane means it can be ridden fast.

Route 3. Ribblehead and The Cam High Road

Distance 13.5km. Grade Medium

A pretty and spectacular route that makes use of a track recently upgraded to bridleway status. This route is largely free of significant technical difficulty and is a good scenic introduction to riding in this part of the Dales.

Yorkshire Dales Mountain Bike Routes Photo 2Route 4. Orton and Great Asby  

Distance 12km. Grade Medium

Thsi route provides a fine tour through beautiful limestone landscape. There is no real rechnical difficulty but plenty of fun trails with stunning views. A good ride to build the confidence of less experienced mountain bikers.

Route 5. Apedale

Distance 18.5km. Grade Medium

A fun and scenic route south of Swaledale and through the deserted and atmospheric Apedale. The first half is mostly climbing, the second half rewards your hard labour with a string of cracking descents.

Route 6.  West Burton and Carlton  

Distance 14km. Grade Hard

A cracking route around the fells to the east of West Burton, including one of the best descents in the whole of the Yorkshire Dales.

Route 7. The Dentdale Dalliance 

Distance 19km. Grade Hard

Dent is a idyllic village of old-world-charm. This route offers a good tour of the northern half of Dentdale with a cracking downhill finish - steep, twisting, loose, rocky - a white knuckled thriller.

Route 8. Kilnsey and Mastiles Lane

Distance 19km. Grade Hard

Mastiles Lane makes for an excellent mountain biking track and this route uses the lane in the return leg of a classic loop starting from Kilnsey

Route 9. Fremington Edge

Distance 21km. Grade Hard

This route starts with a tough climb and then packs in two fantastic descents and a scenic cruise along the River Swale.

Route 10. Gunnerside  

Distance 19km. Grade Very Hard

This mountain biking route included two great descents - one fast and furious, the other highly technical that will test riders' skills to the limits. A route packed with variety and atmosphere.

Medium Loops  

Route 11. Hetton Hijinks

Distance 25km. Grade: Medium

An excellent loop on well graded trails that provide interesting and varied mountain biking that is not too technical demanding.

Yorkshire Dales Mountain Bike Routes Photo 3Route 12. Sulber, Wharfe and Feizor

Distance 26km. Grade Medium

A fun ride around the fells between Ribblesdale and Clapham, with easy climbs and interesting descents, set within some of the best views of limestone pavement in the whole national park.

Route 13. Cautley and Uldale

Distance 17km. Grade Medium

Taking in a picturesque hidden valley, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the Yorkshire Dales, and mixing it with some great riding terrain - including a stretch of excellent singletrack - this route makes for a highly enjoyable and scenic mountain bike ride.

Route 14. South of Mastiles Lane

Distance 29km. Grade Medium

This fine route links the ancient byway of Mastiles Lane with bridleways that explore this wonderful corner of the national park and throws three fun descents into the mix.

Route 15. Barbondale and Lunesdale

Distance 25km Grade Hard

An excellent ride on mostly easy tracks, though the descent into the more remote Barbondale makes this ride more worthy of a hard rather than medium grade ride.

Route 16. Grassington

Distance 27km. Grade Hard

Consisting of long gradual climbs followed by big, fast descents, this route provides a memorable action packed day on the saddle that you will want to ride again and again.

Yorkshire Dales Mountain Bike Routes Photo 4Route 17. Arkengarthdale

Distance 27km. Grade Hard

Containing three great descents - including the cracking zig-zags down to Storthwaite Hall - this route explores the westerly fells of Arkengarthdale before moving eastwards, intitally on tarmac then on fine gravel tracks over heather covered moorland.

Route 18. Tour of Pen-y-ghent

Distance 28km. Grade Hard

A classic route around one of the famous three peaks. The route can be ridden in both directions but an anti-clockwise tour provides the most rewarding experience with two stunning descents.

Route 19. Kettlewell and Old Cote Moor

Distance 23km. Grade Very Hard

A ride that may be short in length but packs in a lot of action. Three big climbs and swiftly followed by three stupendous descents that will have you grinning from ear to ear!

Long Loops     

Route 20. Kirkby Stephen and Crosby Garrett

Distance 33km. Grade Medium

Good byways and bridleways linked together to create a very enjoyable tour of this lovely part of the country,

Route 21. Settle and Malham Tarn

Distance 27km. Grade Hard

A fast flowing firm bridleway over Gorbeck, a loop of picturesque Malham Tarn and a superb return down the bumpy Stockdale Lane to give a grand tour of one of the Yorkshire Dales' most popular areas.

Route 22. The Ribble Rumble

Distance 32km. Grade Hard

This route takes in several bridleways that drop joyfully into Ribblesdale and together give a good day's riding with excellent scenery throughout.

Route 23. Raydale

Distance 33km. Grade Hard

A cracking route that explores a relatively little known area right in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. A tough ride that packs in plenty of climbing and is also full of rewards.

Route 24. Tour of Swaledale

Distance 33km. Grade Hard

Long uphills leading to fast descents this is a route for the climb-loving mountain goats!

Route 25. The Cam Fell Cracker

Distance 33.5km. Grade Hard

This excellent route in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales contains two scintillating descents. The first a smooth fast and furious blast with plentiful chances to catch some air off the track's bumps. The second is steeper and tricker with loose rocks and drainage ruts. There are also big climbs to enjoy!

Yorkshire Dales Mountain Bike Routes Photo 5Route 26. Embsay Crag and Flasby Fell

Distance 30.5km. Grade Very Hard

Combining fast, wide tracks over moorland, with singletrack climbs up and down steep rocky crags this route is full of variety.

Route 27. A Tour of West Hawes

Distance 42km. Grade Hard

A ride of stiff climbs and rocky technical descents, this is a test for the experienced riders and shows off some the Dales' finest scenery.

Killer Loops     

Route 28. Tour of Swaledale

Distance 39km. Hard

A varied route involving tough climbs, technical rocky descents, quiet lanes, limestone pavement meanderings and moorland plateau cruising.

Route 29. The Dales Leg-Breaker

Distance 58km. Grade Hard

A big tour with three big - but not steep - climbs and four excellent and varied descents. The riding is excellent and only matched by the scenery.

Route 30. The Howgills Classic

Distance 38km. Grade Very Hard

This route makes for arguably one of the best days out on a mountain bike in the UK! There is something for all experienced mountain bikers to enjoy - high level riding, scintillating stretches of singletrack, twisting technical fun and challenging climbs.


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