Coverdale High Road

Coverdale High Road

Route Information

Stats: 15.4 miles (24.7 km)

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Refreshments

The Foresters Arms, Carlton near Leyburn has 3 bedrooms if you need to stay over. They serve decent food and have a selection of ales from the Wensleydale Brewery. Nearby Leyburn has a wealth of cafes, shops and accommodation choices, being the centre for this part of the Dales. Middleham is somewhat smaller than Leyburn but well worth the visit for the pubs and an excellent chip shop to build up the calories after a ride.

Character

This is a cracking mid-morning or early evening ride over some fantastic Moorland. It has some superb steep and rocky Dales descents, as the route climbs and traverses the high ground to the southern edges of Wensleydale, taking you to some spots that the tourists miss. Coverdale is a spectacular area, close to Wensleydale, with high moorland and craggy fells. It’s one of those ‘out of the way’ areas that can almost guarantee a quiet ride.

If you fancy a full day’s entertainment, then link this in with the Bishopdale route beginning at Thoralby. This is a superb excursion and you’ll need to be fit. However, it will reward the effort.

The initial crossing from Carlton can be boggy in the middle section near the old Howden shooting lodge (see picture below). However, your perseverance is well rewarded with a superb descent to follow. The scenery on the descent is second to none. A steady climb follows this, before a trademark pedalnorth.com descent to finish off with.


Route

Note: The return leg utilises a track well worn by cyclists. However, if access becomes a poblem please let us know. It is your decision to walk or ride this leg. We cannot be held responsible for your own decision. If in doubt, take the BW further up the hill, to Penhill itself and descend to the shooting track and back.

1. Park in the village of Carlton, in the large car park in front of the village hall. Turn left out of the car park and along the road which bends to the right as you leave the village. A sharp bend to the left has a bridleway to the right. Take this and follow it as it twists and climbs on good ground to Howden Lodge, a desolated old shooting lodge which sits atop the boggy moor.

2. The path improves again quickly, climbing to a high point on the northern flanks of Harland Hill from where an expansive view overlooks West Burton on the other side of the valley. Enjoy the view – you’ll soon be rattling down the valley between Harland Hill and Heights of Hazely at a rate of knots. The path is smooth and fast, dropping sharply over rocky terrain on the lower slopes before rejoining tarmac at Whiterow Lane. Turn into West Burton village.

3. At the junction with the B6160 (The Grange B&B on the left) turn right towards Aysgarth. 150 yards ahead, a rising tarmac lane to the right of the B6160 should be taken, which turns right over a small packhorse bridge before climbing up to the left on a rocky track (Morpeth Gate). This track climbs through delightful scenery, with shady trees cooling you as you climb onto the high ground once more.

4. Morpeth Gate soon leads into High Lane, overlooking the dramatic sweep of Wensleydale. As the bridleway levels out, a metal field gate to the left of the bridleway leads through to a track which twists and turns all the way down to the A684 at Swinithwaite, passing the remains of a Knights Templar Preceptory on the way down. This is indeed historic ground. Ride along the A684 to West Witton, enjoying a break and a pint of Black Sheep at the Fox & Hounds. You’ll pass the Wensleydale Heifer on the way – in your state it’s too smart. Clean up and come back later and stay in its 4 star rooms! The beer and food is great at the Fox and Hounds.

5. Suitably refreshed, reverse the route along the A684 for 1/4 mile, taking Chantry bank on the left. Follow this as it climbs steadily above the village, passing a gated footpath to the right and continuing up on what now becomes Green Gate (OS maps). Tarmac gives way to a rocky track as you continue to ascend with drystone walls and field barns lining the way. Green Gate then becomes Nossil Lane, which twists and turns before re-joining the bridleway of High lane above Wensleydale. Turn left and continue along level ground all the way to the road at Witton Steeps.

6. As the climb eases and the road begins to level out, a track is signed to the right along Flint Lane. Take this track which eventually fades slightly as it reaches Penhill Quarry (disused). It then zig zags across the escarpment of Black Scar. Cross through the drystone wall, fasten your seat belts and join the excellent track which speeds you back down towards Carlton.

Keep your eyes peeled though – a junction to the right is required, lying by a spread of heather. Take this turning and continue the descent which will re-join the initial bridleway from Carlton village across the moor.
Now get yourself to the pub for a drink and a bite to eat.




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Carperby Eight

Carperby Eight

Route Information

Stats: 22 miles, 2740 feet of ascent

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Refreshments and Facilities

Nearby Aysgarth has the Dales National Park Centre, with toilets and a good cafe. The pub at Carpeby is excellent as well and saves a drive after the ride. Parking in Carpeby is easy, with some spaces by the bus stop and more spaces by the hall. If you take a flask and some butties, you can use Greenhaw Hut on the tops for a sheltered stop with a loo and a fireplace! How good is that.

Character

We wanted to put in a route that was ridable all year around on good shooting tracks and that also gave you guys some great climbs and descents. This is it – The Carpeby 8 loop, which is about the shape, not the distance. An epic climb onto the tops, with a hut to shelter and have a brew in, followed by ample points where you can exit and shorten the route if required.

This route has all of that and more. It can be turned into a short ride by exiting down to Cattle Bolton at the first opportunity, or it can be extended further, with a drop down to the Dales MTB Centre at Fremington before heading back over.

Either way, the tracks will remain in good condition all year, and you have the added bonus of Greenhaw Hut (left).

Your cycle climbing skills and fitness will be tested on this ride. There’s lots of climbing from the start. However, what goes up must come down means that there are some great fast descents. If you like, return back along the initial track

There you go – now ride and enjoy.


Route

1. From the village, cycle past the pub on your left and take the next turning left signed ‘Hargill Lane’ which will lead shortly to the track which is Peatmoor Lane. This climbs steeply from the start, twisting and turning on a good surface before opening up after a short while, with the open fells before you. Go through the gate and stay on the track heading upwards to the escarpment.

2. The track mixes between rocky gravel and mine debris as it circumnavigates Great Wegber, to areas of concrete put down to assist shooting parties. Due to the incline, this surface will be welcome as the gradient steepens. In wet weather water will tumble alongside you, escaping from the becks and old mine workings that fill the area.

Keep climbing on, through several ‘false summits’ until you will see a shooting lodge (Greenhaw Hut) ahead and to the right. The hut is usually open and a good spot to take a break and get the flask out. There’s even a fireplace and table and chairs.

3. Continue on the main track over and into Swaledale. Soon after leaving the hut the track descents at speed, allowing you to open up and ride through the turns before crossing Beldon Beck.

4. Rising and falling, the track crosses another beck before eventually coming to a ‘T’ junction – turn right and descend along this straight track through old mine workings. As the track turns sharply left, you will see a red coloured metal field gate and small walkers gate to the right which lead down to Castle Bolton. If you want to cut the ride short – turn through this gate. Otherwise keep on the main track as it turns left and heads into Swaledale and down to Dent’s Houses.

5. At the junction with the Apedale Road, cross straight over and climb on a good surface to Greets Hill and its strange moonscape vista (Grinto How Lead Mines). At Greets Hill continue on the bridleway as it descends through the tricky mining terrain to the Grinton Road.

6. Cycle along the tarmacked road until a signpost and shooting track to the left leads you out onto the moor once again. Take this and ride with ease to Grovebeck lead mines. The track turns and falls down to a track crossroads overlooking Swaledale. Turn right here and follow the track as it traverses the hillside, before climbing slightly towards Whitaside Moor and the Apedale Road.

7. Simply descend the Apedale road on a rocky surface that twists and turns. Opening up the bike, you will need to take care on some turns as loose rock can take the wheel away from you. As you reach the crossroads from earlier in the ride, continue straight ahead to the tarmacked road between Swaledale and Redmire. Descend to Castle Bolton, cycling straight through the village.

8. At the Castle itself, continue straight on, leaving the main road and follow the bridleway as it traverses meadows and drops before re-joining Peatmoor Lane, taking you back to Carpeby. Now – where’s that pub!


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Burtersett and Dodd Fell

Burtersett and Dodd Fell

Route Information

Stats 12.5 miles

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Refreshments & Facilities

Lots of pubs and cafes in Hawes if you can elbow your way through the throngs of motorcyclists. Nothing en route except what you pack.

Character

This is an excellent evening ride or one for a slow afternoon. It climbs dramatically up the fellside above Wensleydale on good tracks. Strong pedalling is required. Having not ridden much recently, Norman showed me a clean pair of wheels as I plugged away at the back. The descent is believed by some to be one of the most technical in the Dales – if not the north of England – so beware; good handling skills are required. However, this is soon rewarded with one of the fastest descents anywhere. Keep away from the brakes and hold tight!

The track across the fellside from Burtersett requires good navigation skills, but it’s worth it. At the 2 ½ mile point of the ride, the bridleway splits into 2, although this split is unsigned and the track required – the left hand (southerly) track is initially indistinct. However, taking the wrong track leads to a wide detour across boggy moorland. You have been warned. A good choice of tracks soon shows a fine track across the moor which leads to the Cam Road.


Route

1. Head out of Hawes on the A684 going East towards Bainbridge. After a few minutes, turn R up a narrow lane to Burtersett. Bridleway at Burtersett begins at SD 890891. Dink right from the road (Slippery road sign) then head up to the left. (See image left)

2. Now start climbing. Through gate in wall, bridleway and footpath junction (split) SD 883876. Take bridleway, the right hand of the two tracks.

3. Bridleway splits at SD 882875. Head south on left hand bridleway (indistinct)

4. Join Cam Road at SD 881869. Turn right and head along the Roman road until you meet the tarmac road. Follow this for a few minutes then fork right onto the Cam Road again (See image below).

Take the R turn onto the Pennine Way.

5. Follow this and stay on the bike until you reach Hawes.


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Buckden to Semer Water

Bucken to Semer Water

Route Information

Stats: 23 miles, 3257 feet of ascent

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Refreshments

There is a pub and Buckden, just beside the National Park car park, where you’ll also find toilets. The best pub for me though is in nearby Kettlewell – The Racehorses – ample cafes in the area. If you break halfway at Bainbridge, and there’s also good places to grab a bite.

Character

I don’t know if you’d noticed, but it rains a lot in the UK. This ride was planned as a great year round trip, with tracks that’s stay good when the air is slightly damp…and when it’s lashing down, as it was when I rode it last week! Excellent climbs and great descents, twisting their way across the Dales, this ride will leave you with big grins all round. If you’re brave, let it all go as you descend back down to Kidstones on the route home, and you’ll get a flavour of real Dales mtbing – rocky, fast, and fun!


Route

1. From the National Park car park head through the wooden gate and BW that signs you to Buckden Pike. This climbs easily at first, before steepening up. The track is good old fashioned limestone rocky, so will be dry. At a point where this track turns up right, a further BW leads off slightly left/ ahead. This skirts across the escarpment, looking out towards the road at Kidstones, which is where we’re heading.

2. After crossing some softer meadow grass, enter the road and turn right for about 400 yards before a further Byway is seen to the left by a large open area and gates. This is Kidstones. Go through the gate and head up the track, as it weaves its way steeply across rocky ground to the moor top and Stake Allotments. Keep in mind that albeit steep, you’ll be whizzing down this track in a few hours.

3. As you reach the top and the track evens out, a wooden BW/ Byway sign indicates the junction of tracks. Ensure that you take the left hand Byway signed to Stalling Busk. This twists and turns down on a loose rocky track before straightening out and taking you at speed alongside the valley, with some great lines to pick and enjoy.

4. As Stalling Busk and Semer Water come into view a turning to the left indicates a track down to the village. This looks innocuous enough, but as it twists right further down it becomes technical and great fun – take this track for maximim route enjoyment! It will eventually spit you out onto the road with a grin on your face. Turn right and cycle along the road, heading over the bridge of Semer Water, Water. At the give way line and T junction turn right then immediately left, climbing Crag Side Road until a BW is seen to the left on a bend in the road. This crosses soft ground as it climbs steadily to the Cam High Road.

5. On reaching the Cam Road turn right and whizz downhill all the way to Bainbridge, taking care as the Cam Road is crossed by High Lane (to Burtersett). At Bainbridge take a break if you want to. The Corn Mill tea room is very nice and you can sit happily in all your grime. Now suitably refreshed, head out on the A684 as it climbs steadily towards Leyburn for 1/4 mile. A junction is signed on the right ‘Semer Water & Stalling Busk’ – take this road. After approximately 3/4 mile a junction leads off to the left towards Carpeby Green and the Stake Road – take this. Initially tarmac, it eventually leads you through gates climbing on the BW of the Stake Road. This route climbs steadily on a good rocky surface, twisting its way back up to the top of the Moor. Ignore the tracks and BWs off the left as you climb, instead staying on this wide track until you reach the track junction again, where you turned down to Stalling Busk on the out route. Now stay straight ahead, with Kidstones as your return venue.

6. The track back down to Kidstones gives you the opportunity again to open things up and speed across rocks and skid around the corners as you negotiate your line back down. Once you reach the tarmac, turn right and locate the BW further down on the left that takes you back to Buckden again.
Now head to Kettlewell and grub at The Racehorses. 🙂


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Yorkshire Dales

Bowderdale

Bowderdale

Route Information

Stats: 24 miles, 3250 feet of ascent

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Refreshments

Lots in Sedbergh. Slightly more constrained choice in Ravenstonedale

Character

Big, beefy climb followed by a rollicking descent down the much-rated singletrack of Bowderdale.


Route

1. Head up Howgill Lane past the playing-fields and climb about a steady mile on tarmac to a prominent brow. (Your own brow will probably be quite prominent by now). Take the bridleway on your right.

2. Now start really climbing. Zigzag up steep pasture, passing just to the left of the tiny peak of Winder.

3. Follow the ridge up, up, and still more up, with just a brief respite of down before the last pull to The Calf.

4. Gallumph down steep ground heading ENE but swing left to avoid the perilous declivity of Cautley Spout, instead dropping sharply into Bowderdale to the N.

5. Follows the valley down on gnarly singletrack until you reach a small tarmac road.

6. Turn right, and then take the second right just before the A-road. Take the track alongside a copse to re-join tarmac. Zigzag across farmland to Ravenstonedale.

7. Gird yourself for the 2.5 mile tarmac climb to Adamthwaite.

8. Take the bridleway on the left skirting the fellside before the descent to the Narthwaite.

9. Follow bridleway down the western side of the Rawthey valley to Thursgill. Spin down to the A683 and roll back into Sedbergh.

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Yorkshire Dales

Bishopdale

Bishopdale

Route Information

Stats: 11.2 miles,

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Refreshments

The George Inn at Thoralby is a superb example of a fine Dales pub and has an excellent menu and ales. Nearby Aysgarth has a National Parks visitor Centre, with restaurant to boot.

Character

Just look at the final descent here guys. Four miles of steep eye watering speed. This is an excellent jaunt for this reason alone. However, the scenery is fantastic and the uphills are all steady. For me, this is one of those rides that you do after lunch, and then relax in the evening; or you keep it for a summer evening and end the ride with a drink at the pub. Either way, it’s a cracking little ride that will make any Dales trip worthwhile.


Route

1. Turn left out of the car park and up the main village street. Opposite Gill Cottage, at the far end of the village is a bridleway to the right, which climbs steeply on good ground. A short twisting climb leads to a gate on the right and a bridleway junction, Take this bridleway to the right, climbing on a stony track north.

2. A field gate leads into a lush meadow where the track is indistinct. Facing straight ahead, from the gate, head towards the far right hand corner of the field. A small wooden gate then leads down a tricky slope, through a stream bed and a field gate onto a walled lane. The initial route along this track is a balance across a wooden sleeper bridge with a rail – take care. However, this is short lived and good ground then leads up steeply before sweeping down at speed to a track junction signed with a footpath left – do not go left. Instead turn right and follow the flowing track as it winds its way down to the road.

3. At the road turn left and head along this narrow lane all the way to the picturesque village of Thornton Rust. At Thornton Rust a car park sign points to the left opposite the village institute. Take this left hand turning and climb the bridleway, a stony track, over a small stream and on up the walled track as it winds its way uphill. It’s now 2 1/2 miles over the moors to Carpley Green.

4. Level ground is soon reached and you go through a field gate then a ford, before turning left at the end of the wall (on the left), now heading across Thornton Rust Moor towards Carpley Green.

A typical Dales Moorland ramble now ensures, rising and falling gently on a comfortably soft track, all the way to a small gate in a wall, passing a ‘permissive path’ sign on the way.

Do not take the permissive path to the right. Stay on the bridleway. Don’t stray off the path…there be demons!

5. The track flows through a couple of fields before descending to Carpley Green, with sweeping views all around. At the lane turn left, through the farmyard, joining Busk Lane (bridleway) as it rises majestically. This walled track is a masterpiece of Dales walled tracks and is guaranteed to wet your appetite for a follow up visit from the other direction. Fear not – our ‘heart of the Dales’ route descends this track. For now though, it’s back to the climbing.

6. After approximately 1 ¾ miles a bridleway sign on the left of the track points along the Stake Road towards Thoralby some 4 miles away – downhill! The initial track is difficult to pick out, but soon leads onto a easily followed track across limestone meadows which falls gently initially before picking up speed as Stake Road becomes Haw Lane.

7. However, please make sure that you stay on the higher bridleway and don’t be tempted to veer off to the lower bridleway through Skellicks Beck. This has recently been resurfaced with rocks as big as a football and will test your rock garden handling skills and probably cost you a set of new wheels – you have been warned. It will draw you down with the new limestone from above – ignore it.

8. Haw Lane on the other hand is a fantastic ride – one of the best – which allows you to release the brakes, get your body well balanced and descend at a rate of knots all the way back to Thoralby. Your eyes will water as the wind rushes by and you’ll have a descent to live in your memory for a very long time. Now all that is necessary is to head for The George and a pint and plan the route for tomorrow, descending Busk Lane.

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Yorkshire Dales

Barden Moor

Barden Moor

Route Information

Stats: 23miles, 2585 feet of ascent

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Refreshments

There’s the obvious cafe at Bolton Abbey; a tea stop at Linton if required; but best by far would be the cafe at Storiths, just off the A59.

Character

This is a ride that weaves its way around lower Wharfdale and the surrounding area, using roads where necessary to get to the best tracks. This route has some great descents – especially the one above Skyreholme down to Appletreewick – a hidden gem. The tracks across the moor are a mix of single and double, with a testing climb to get to the main plateau.


Route

1. Ben R and I started this route by Barden Bridge, but the choice is all yours. From Barden Bridge take the road towards Appletreewick, turning right at the junction and climbing past the Skyreholme turn, all the way up towards the B6265.

2. As the climb evens out, a bridleway to the left through a farm gate leads along an easy track, past farm buildings to a gated narrow track. Follow this as it speeds up, descending rapidly as it twists and turns over rocks down to the Appletreewick road.

On meeting the road turn right, then right towards Hartlington a short way along, followed almost immediately by a left turn along the lane towards Hebden.

3. Just before the sharp bend right a bridleway sign in the field to the left signs you towards ‘Thorpe’ – take this route, exiting along the lane towards Linton.

4. Travel through Linton, taking the bridleway through a tree lined lane to the right as you exit the village. This track falls down towards the road, which is crossed onto the bridleway opposite.

5. Travel along this double track, eventually passing through a steel gate and travelling across a rougher track which takes you to the far left corner, down and across a stream, before taking a small gate onto a narrow grass lane to Cracoe.

6. Cross over the tarmac road and slightly left (opposite) is the bridleway to Rylstone and ‘Manor House’. This bridleway eventually steepens considerably, becoming rocky as you pass Rylstone Cross on the crag to the left, eventually evening out on the moor top.

7. Traverse the moor, dropping down at speed to the bridleway/ road junction signed on OS maps as ‘Halton Moor’, turning left for a short ride on tarmac before taking the bridleway to the right which crosses ‘Middle Hare Head’ before dropping at speed down through trees to Bolton Abbey.

8. Take the road back to Barden Tower and Barden Bridge, where a summer ice cream van awaits you.

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Settle Loop mtb

Settle Loop

Route Information

Start Point: Settle Market Place

Stats: 18.5 miles

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Refreshments

Ample in Settle, with a large public car park, lots of accommodation options, including Youth Hostel’s not too far away – and ‘The Naked Man Cafe’ for good grub – nuff said.

Character

This is what Yorkshire Dales mountain biking is all about. Steep climbs, rocky trails, and fast descents to die for. This route forms part of a loop within the Pennine Bridleway, but is a superb outing on its own. It can be started at Settle – of course; but it can also be started from Malham, Malham Tarn, or as a excellent extension to Mastiles Lane from Kilnsey. Each of these options is a worthy choice, and you won’t be disappointed. I’ve done this loop on sunny days, in torrential rain, and with the signs of snow in the air, an each journey was fantastic. For me the best start for access to facilities is Settle. This small dales market town is full of great accommodation and facilities. I used to work at a nearby Youth Hostel, so have some cracking memories of the place. The descent back to Settle takes some beating for naturally technical trails, followed by epic speed. There’s even a bike shop in town to get yourself some new brake pads!


Route

1. Park in the centre of Settle and head out past the market place, along Church Street, turning steeply left into Constitutional Hill. Follow this as it links round into ‘Highway’ and as the road bends to the left, a track on the right by a small woodland, signed ‘Langcliffe’ should be taken. Follow the stony track, with drystone walls either side as it leads onto the fellside.

2. The track splits below Blua Crags – yep, I said ‘Blua’ – so take the upper track towards trees (Clay Pits Plantation). It joins the road at a sharp corner and junction with the main loop. Catch your breath and trust me that this is the best way round the loop…honest!

3. As the road continues to climb and bends sharply to the left, continue straight on along the sign-posted track. The rocky track is excellent in all weathers, and climbs steadily before evening out and rolling across some superb limestone countryside. As is drops down on stony ground to join the tarmac at Langscar Gate, head straight over and join the bridleway opposite, which crosses Dean Moor and takes you down to Malham Tarn.

4. This rises gently before falling at speed, then crossing the damp meadow near the road. Go through the gate and turn left along the road, past Low Trenhouse on your right, turning right at the next junction signed Arncliffe. Next junction go right again, then immediately right onto the track which leads past a small nature reserve to Tarn House.
Take the track which loops around the tarn, and rejoin the lane at Street Gate, descending down the tarmac, as the lane twists and turns all the way to Malham village. The high drystone walls and tight bends can bring hidden dangers, so take care on the descent, and only ride as fast as you can see ahead.

5. Rest in Malham, where tea shops, Inns and the National Parks Centre provide ample refreshments and toilets. Then head out past the National Parks Centre, taking the next right, bridleway onto Long Lane. Four fields along on your left the track then bends sharply left, take this, climbing steeply (really steeply!) before joining the Cove Road above Malham Cove. Take the tarmac as is climbs further, then joining the bridleway to the left approx 100 metres up, which takes you back onto the Settle loop.

6. Now enjoy rolling countryside, before you encounter some steep descents on loose gravelly tracks, which twist and the fall over technical rocky limestone steps, all the way to Stockdale Lane (track). For me, this rocky descent is the best part of the route, and a tester in the wet. Keep your hand off the front brake and your backside over the rear wheel and simply enjoy it! This is what you’ve some here for after all.

7. As Stockdale Lane joins tarmac at High Hill Lane, turn right and ride down at speed back into Settle, along cobbled roads that define this wonderful market town.
Now get back to the Naked Man Cafe for some grub!



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Yorkshire Dales

Barbondale mtb

BARBONDALE

Route Information

Stats: 10.5 miles, 1,800 ft of ascent

OS Map 

Refreshments

Depending on season and time of day, there may be an ice-cream van at Devil’s Bridge but you’re not going to go hungry in 10½ miles, are you?

Character

This ride is added to celebrate Natural England’s decision to extend the Yorkshire Dales National Park westward. It’s a short spin, eminently suitable for an evening ride, but could be extended further west to make a longer ride.


Route

1. Park at Devil’s Bridge, the favoured stretching-spot for cramped motorcyclists, just outside Kirkby Lonsdale. Head east on the small lane that crosses the bridge (and must once have been the A65). At the top of a slight rise, turn left on a bridleway (marked Collier’s Lane) at the entrance to a caravan park. Follow this between the park and the golf course then, at the road, turn right on tarmac. Keep climbing, going straight over a couple of crossroads, heading towards Bullpot Farm.

2. At the farm, turn left down a well-signed bridleway. There’s been a bit of scramble bike damage so try not to add to it. There’s quite a rocky, technical descent into Barbondale – it forks near the bottom but both branches converge at the road. Turn right on the road, but only for a few metres before turning sharp left.

3. Barbondale is an idyllic picnic spot and there’ll likely be small children splashing in the beck. You can join in, as there’s a ford (there’s also a bridge for anyone keen to stay dry).

4. Follow the track down, staying on the true right of Barbon Beck. At a fork in the woods, keep left but don’t cross the stream. Too soon, the track emerges onto a swooping driveway so follow this down and to the left, near the small church.

5. Turn right at the road and then left at the Barbon Inn, following lanes back to Casterton. This allows you to return to Devil’s Bridge by the sunken bridleway you came up.

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