A guidebook of 30 short, medium, long and full-day mountain bike routes across the Yorkshire Dales. The graded circular rides visit all the major dales and include loops around two of the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks - Whernside and Pen-y-ghent. Routes are graded for difficulty and this guidebook gives all the necessary background information. Choose a route by grade, percentage off-road, length or time at a glance. Old Roman roads and other ancient byways once used for lead mining and livestock droving are now perfect terrain for mountain bikes. Fast-rolling lanes can be combined with rocky drops down steep gullies and sinuous tracks meandering high over deserted moorland. Mountain bikers of all abilities will find their own challenges here and some surprises for novices and experienced riders alike.
As a Cheshire native, the rolling fells and iconic limestone landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales have always held a special place in Ian Boydon's heart. He has been mountain biking in the national park for almost 20 years and has accumulated a thorough knowledge of its bridleways. This is his second Cicerone guide.
Overview map Route summary table Introduction Getting to the Yorkshire Dales Accommodation Equipment Food Bike checks When to ride Limestone Rest and recovery Routes Maps Timings Rights of Way Trail centres The dirty dozen Pre-ride checklist Short loops Route 1 Clapham and Norber Route 2 Thoralby Route 3 Ribblehead and Cam High Road Route 4 Orton and Great Asby Route 5 Apedale Route 6 West Burton and Carlton Route 7 The Dentdale Dalliance Route 8 Kilnsey and Mastiles Lane Route 9 Fremington Edge Route 10 Gunnerside Medium loops Route 11 Hetton HijinksRoute 12 Sulber, Wharfe and Feizor Route 13 Cautley and Uldale Route 14 South of Mastiles Lane Route 15 Barbondale and Lunesdale Route 16 Grassington Route 17 Arkengarthdale Route 18 Penyghent Route 19 Kettlewell and Old Cote Moor Long loops Route 20 Kirkby Stephen and Crosby Garrett Route 21 Settle and Malham Tarn Route 22 The Ribble Rumble Route 23 Raydale Route 24 Tour of Swaledale Route 25 The Cam Fell Cracker Route 26 Embsay and Flasby Fell Route 27 A Tour West of Hawes Full day loops Route 28 Tour of Whernside Route 29 The Dales Leg-Breaker Route 30 The Howgills Classic Appendix Appendix Bike shops in the region