Elterwater Independent Hostel

We want to help you to get back to what riding is all about -adventure. In the first of a new series of blogs, we’re visiting Elterwater Hostel in the English Lake District, to show you some amazing mountain bike routes from the door.

MTB C2C Stage 4

Hawes to Grinton

This is a route about quality of tracks, not just getting from one side of the country to other. If that’s your aim, then get on a bus and enjoy the views. Yep, this may seem like another short day, but look at the ascent. It will be a long day, and albeit avoidable, how on earth can you come into the Dales and not ride through Bishopdale and then Swaledale.

This is a great ride from Hawes up a rocky trail, along the Cam Road and across to Bishopdale, before descending eventually down Stake Allotments back down into Wensleydale, then climbing up and down into Swaledale – three Dales today!

Distance: 28 miles

Ascent: 3974 ft

OS Map: Character

Some guys may do this stage on the same day as the previous one, but do think carefully about this. If you’re not used to the area or the hills, it may become ‘not nice’ and a chore to make it to Grinton, falling into the Dales Bike Centre knackered and unable to fully enjoy the evening.

We keep saying this, but cycle to your normal levels and enjoy the holiday. Take time look after the bike and yourself, and you’ll enjoy this and the previous stage so much more.

The Dales MTB Centre is our preferred stop over tonight, with it’s grade A bunkhouse that is better kitted out more than most B & Bs, and with staff on hand to fettle the bike – if you get there in time!

Mtb coast to coast

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