Osmotherley to Rosedale

Open moorland, steep climbs and steep descents, with added technicality; this is a hard day in the saddle, but it weaves together some of the best tracks in the area. Very few road sections and these will be welcome when they arrive.

You’ll need to have your eyes open today, as the singletrack BWs can be tricky to locate and can be easily missed. This is a day of climbing; yep, it has some great descents, but these are earned through hard graft and lots of pedaling. Take care on the rocky descents. They can be tricky if you’re not used to tight and rocky singletrack. Corners can and will catch you unawares and big rocks and twitchy drops wil come out of knowhere. This is after all ‘mountain biking

Distance: 45.6 miles

Ascent: 4855 ft

OS Map: Character

Pack plenty of supplies, because there’s very little opportunity for tea stops on this stage. Make sure you’ve got tools and tubes with you. We’ve recently amended this section after feedback, now using the Ironstone Railway to speed you to Rosedale and the Lion Inn, then taking some excellent singletrack to Dalby Forest. You can stay near Dalby Forest, then heading straight onto the trails for the final day!

By now you should be fit and raring to go across the North Yorks Moors. Good, because today has some epic climbs. They are however rewarded with some epic descents.

Yesterday provided a bit of a rest as you traversed from Grinton to Osmotherley. We’ve chosen Osmotherley because it has a wealth of accommodation, including a good Youth Hostel and a campsite, enough drinking haunts and even a chip shop. The route from here also brings in a great example of NY Moors riding: steep climbs on good tracks, great moorland riding and some epic descents on firm ground to build up the speed. We fixed on this stage after some feedback, together with some great advice from Steven Tilly, who suggested the Cold Moor descent be included, describing it as follows:

“The terrain varies as you proceed down the descent, it starts off quite rocky with some nice little drops and hazards, becomes a bit more rutted and gully-like further down before opening up into a wider more grassy finale. When you eventually reach the wall, you follow the track parallel to the wall (passing through 2 or 3 gates on the way) down into Chop Gate itself. This track is also fun & fairly fast, though not so demanding.”

Later on during your moorland journey, you’ll have some of the finest singletrack anywhere in the UK, as you ride around Rosedale and head to Dalby Forest. For now though, you need to concentrate on the climbing today, and traversing of wild moorland. By the time that you arrive at Rosedale Abbey you’ll be tired but pleased with yourself and the ride. Just one more day to go, so have a drink… you’ve earned it.