A guidebook to 30 short, medium, long and full-day MTB routes across the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The circular rides visit all the major dales, including a tour of the Howgills, and include loops around two of the Three Peaks, Whernside and Pen-y-ghent. Choose a route by grade, percentage off-road, length or time at a glance.



throughout the year, with longer and higher routes best left to the warmer months


Settle, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Dent, Kirkby Lonsdale, Grassington, Hetton, Ribblehead, Thoralby, Orton, Reeth, Gunnerside, West Burton, Sedbergh, Langthwaite, Airton, Kettlewell, Kirkby Stephen, Bainbridge, Hawes


varying lengths and difficulties, graded blue (medium), red (hard) and black (very hard); novice mountain bikers with reasonable bike handling skills should be able to complete the blue routes, while experts should be challenged by the red and, more so, the black routes
Must See

Must See

all the major dales: Wensleydale, Swaledale, Ribblesdale, Dentdale and Wharfedale; circumnavigations of Whernside and Pen-y-ghent; unique limestone geology and two major bodies of water - Malham Tarn and Semer Water
12 Apr 2012
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.6cm
  • Overview

    The Yorkshire Dales National Park is one of the UK's top mountain biking destinations with an abundance of thrilling and varied trails against a stunning backdrop of rolling fells and limestone scenery. Drawn from the author's 20 years of mountain biking in the area, this guidebook describes 30 original and exciting routes of varied length and difficulty to cater for riders of all abilities. Newcomers and veterans alike will be surprised by routes on little-known trails.

    The hundreds of tracks and bridleways crossing the Yorkshire Dales make it a rich adventure playground for mountain bikers. So what are you waiting for?

    • 30 routes throughout England’s second largest national park, divided into short, medium, long and full-day loops
    • suitable for all levels of experience, from beginners through to experts
    • information to help riders choose a route by distance, difficulty, time or how much of it goes off road at a glance
  • Contents

    Getting to the Yorkshire Dales
    Bike checks
    When to ride
    Rest and recovery
    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 the 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 Hijinks
    Route 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 Tour of Pen-y-ghent
    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 A Bike Shops in the Region
    Appendix B Route summary table

  • Maps

    This book includes extracts from 1:50,000 Ordnance Survey maps to help ease your navigation of the routes (see OS map symbols on page 7). The descriptions have sufficient detail to be used alone but the maps are to be used in conjunction with them to help you to stay on the right track. The following Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 Explorer maps are recommended for the routes in this guide:

    • OL2 The Yorkshire Dales Southern and Western areas
    • OL19 Howgill Fells and Upper Eden Valley
    • OL30 Yorkshire Dales Northern and Central areas
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    Route 16 - amendment. Feb 2016

    Please download the PDF containing the updated route 16 as there is no public access over Grassington Moor.

  • Reviews

    'Each route is illustrated with a clear, highlighted 1:50k OS map and an easy-to-understand written description. Given clear visibility, you could navigate using only this pocket-sized book. ... Highly recommended.'

    Cycle, the magazine of CTC, February/ March 2013

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Ian Boydon

Ian Boydon has mountain biked in the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales for almost 20 years. A graduate of History and trained journalist, he can be found in the national parks most weekends, exploring his favourite trails and routes.

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