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MTB Loop around Whernside

This Mountain Bike ride starts from Ribblehead Viaduct in the Yorkshire Dales and loops around Whernside one of the 3 Peaks of Yorkshire taking in Dent and Kingsdale.

Loop distance: 25 miles
Route Approx Time: 4 hours
Route is Challenging, 2 long tough climbs especially from Dent but also a long descent into Dent as well.

GPX file of the Route

Whernside Loop Map and Elevation

I parked up early near the Ribblehead Viaduct as at this time of year it can be difficult to get parked after 9 am. I started by heading along the track underneath the viaduct along the road and past the farm, (as this is a bridleway) this takes you eventually past a house where you follow the bridleway sign which take you under the railway and here you join up with the main path up Whernside, so be watchful for walkers, in the summer this can be very busy. The track is cinder to start with alongside the railway line before coming alot rougher as it crosses over the river, although its nice and level, may need to get your feet wet. Then just before the climbing starts we cross back over the railway line and you can see where it enters the main Bleamoor tunnel under the hills.

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MTB Touching 4 Dales alternative route.

Today took a longish ride from Hawes which touched on Wensleydale, Widdale, Dentdale and Garsdale. Its a variation of a ride posted sometime ago, a bit shorter by taking the direct route onto the Cam Road rather than going via the Roman Road above Butersett.

GPX-50(1)

Distance: 21.5 miles
Time: 3 hours

Mainly off road, some tough climbs made up for by a great off-road descent to Newby Head and a steep drop down to Garsdale Station on the Coal Road.

The only changes to this route from the original route (MTB Touching 4 Dales) is the first part of the ride from Hawes.

Starting from Hawes, for example in the National Parks Car Park near Stage1Cycles. Turn right on to the one way system in Hawes and head on the road towards Ingleton. This is signposted at the top of the Town just past the petrol station, heading left up the hill past the Youth Hostel. After about half to three quarters of a mile head left pretty much at the top of the hill and take the unsignposted bridleway, a rough track going up the hill.

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Ride around Inglebrough

Found a local ride listed in an old edition of MBUK (340) on Viewranger which was a circular route of Inglebrough, so I thought why now give it a go.

Now due to issues with a change of car I could not not use my roof rack and my bike would not fit my old rear rack, so I had to get a lift over to Ribblehead. Thus the ride I did is not exactly the same as the ride in the magazine, .gpx included. I had to start from Ingleborough but then instead of doing a circular route I had to ride back to Hawes.

Distance: 27.75 miles
Time: 3 to 4 hours
Provides great views of the 3 Peaks of Yorkshire. The riding isn’t too technical but offers a good variation of climbs and descents. Both on and off road.
Viewranger details from MBUK340

This loop is supposed to start at the car park in Ingleton but as mentioned I did not take that option, instead I started about half way around the loop about a mile past Selside on the B6479 at a layby. As you can also see from the photos the glourios hot weather we have been having seems to have turned into a damp and misty day but hey thats what windproofs and waterproofs are for.

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Snowy Ride above Hawes

A quick ride in the recent snow. I took a quick ride in the sun up above Hawes on the Cam High Road, with my Fat Bike. I was going to ride around the front of Yorburgh and descend into Burtersett, but the snow was just too deep and powdery. So I just descended back along the Cam High Road, which in inself was great fun.

To the Cam High Road and Snaizeholme

Route Distance: Approx 17 miles
Rating: Medium with Long Climbs and 2 long descents
Time: 2.5 Hours

Took a ride from Hawes up to Cam Top via the bridleway alongside Snaizeholme (actually part of the Pennine Way for the top section), then dropped down the gravelly descent to the head of Widdale before climbing up top the top of Arten Gill Moss, before the descent into Widdale and back to Hawes.

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MTB Gunnerside Gill

Another ride over in Swaledale, this time around Gunnerside Gill.

Distance: 14 miles
Time: 2.5 Hours
Ordnace Survey Map OS30
Steep climbing out of Gunnerside before a climb up onto the top of the Moor, then some steep technical single track at the top of Gunnerside Gill before long sweeping gravel road descent.

Gunnerside Gill Route Map

I parked up in Muker, but there is parking in Gunnerside before riding along the main road to Gunnerside. Go through the village and over the bridge near the cafe and then when almost past the last of the houses take the road up through the gateway to the left. You have to press a button to operate the gate, then a short section of road before taking the rocky muddy bridleway on the right side of the road under the trees. This is pretty steep climbs about 500 ft in half a mile. Then its onto a bit of flat for another half mile or so where you can enjoy the views of Swaledale. Then you turn right up towards the hills at a wooden post and when you can begin to see some buildings (6) above Barf side. This is an indistinct track but head up towards the wall and the gateway and pass on through, now the track is obvious and just heads on up towards a line of Grouse Butts keep heading on towards the top of the gill and then again towards the grouse butts where you will meet a gravel shoot road. Luckily this is also the bridleway, just follow it along to the right around the edge of the hill and between a couple of fallen down buildings to a junction of tracks at a bunch of mine heaps (8) on the route map.

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