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MTB – Askrigg and Castle Bolton Moor Loop

Took the chance that the weather might clear and had a ride in the Cloud and Mist yesterday on the Moors above Redmire.

Distance: 15 milesGPX-50
Time: 2.5 Hours
Mainly off road, some tough climbs made up for by a couple of great descents.

Starting from the Bridleway above Askrigg, takes a narrow track across the Grouse Moor through the peat and Grit Stone down towards Woodhall (3 miles). This started out very wet and boggy in places over the tops but widens out for the descent towards Woodhall. From there the bridleway takes you to Castle Bolton following the the fell side across green fields for about 4.5 miles. As you can see not a lot of visibility but great to be outside.

Once in Castle Bolton go past the Castle and in to the village. After about 50 yards look to your left for a gap between the House’s and you should see the Green and Orange Bridleway notice. From here starts a long climb initially up a path before opening out in to fields. The route is indistinct but you basicly are climbing straight up the hill side, before bearing left and following the wall up until the track becomes fenced.

Once at the top you are through the gate and bear right along the track. Following a good section of downhill after that stiff climb. Past the first Shoot House and gate before coning to a crossroads of bridleways. Take the Bridle way to the left and follow the track. This contineus for a couple of miles with at leat one very steep ascent. Once at the top there is a fantastic flowing few miles of downhill before coming to the tarmac road in Swaledale near Crackpot. From here turn left for the last couple of miles on the single track road back up to the top of Askrigg Moor and your warm car.

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