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MTB the Yorkshire Dales with a Cicerone Guidebook

Cover of Mountain Biking in the Yorkshire Dales
12 Apr 2012
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.6cm
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Mountain Biking in the Yorkshire Dales

by Ian Boydon
Book published by Cicerone Press

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.

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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
  • Seasons
    throughout the year, with longer and higher routes best left to the warmer months
  • Centres
    Settle, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Dent, Kirkby Lonsdale, Grassington, Hetton, Ribblehead, Thoralby, Orton, Reeth, Gunnerside, West Burton, Sedbergh, Langthwaite, Airton, Kettlewell, Kirkby Stephen, Bainbridge, Hawes
  • Difficulty
    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
    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

Route 16 - amendment. Feb 2016

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


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
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