The hidden moors and valleys of the North Yorks Moors provide some of the best natural singletrack anywhere in the British Isles. Mountain biking in the Moors is an experience for everyone. Routes vary from an amble along the Hambleton Hills to full-on world standard routes at Dalby Forest – a venue recently voted as being the world’s favourite XC venue. With over 70km of singletrack.
The variety of this area is superb; moorland heather tracks, steep sided valley’s, twisting woodland singletrack. Yep, the Moors has it all. Easily accessible from the A1, one of England’s main road routes, it has a historical place in the British mtb scene. The best centres to locate yourself are Helmsley, Guisborough and of course, Dalby Forest and Pickering.
OSMOTHERLEY INTRO – MEDIUM 15.4 MILES
This is a fantastic introduction to Moors riding. Don’t look at the middle section as 5 miles of toil – it’s 2 1/2 miles of toil, followed by a great downhill section. From Square Corner – yep, check the map name – we’ve taken this route down the Cleveland Way and past the reservoir, towards the village.
RIEVAULX WOODS – MEDIUM 10.2 MILES
Numerous bridleways and tracks cut across this valley. The route here is a good introduction, and a great little evening or afternoon ride. A few steep climbs and a terrific short singletrack descent, good woodland trails, and great little swooping descent across open meadows.
RUDLAND RIGG – HARD 18 MILES
This route has a section of moorland singletrack that is amongst the best in the UK – yep. I know that’s a big statement, but ride it and see. The route itself starts off with some easy riding and some woodland downhilling, followed by a long climb along Rudland Rigg, before turning off on singletrack to Low Row.
BLUE ROUTE AT SUTTON BANK- EASY 9.4 MILES
The short blue, as it’s now listed, it a great amble across the escarpment, with some good field edge trails thrown in; all nicely surfaced with chippings where necessary, providing an excellent surface. The route starts off near the visitor centre and heads off into the woods, providing a great little section through trees, before opening up and crossing the gallops on its way to the escarpment.