For the last 2 Snowy Sundays of December I`ve taken a short ride up from Hawes on to the Swaledale Road and around Stags Fell.
About a third of the way over the road towards Swaledale you take the signposted Bridleway on the right up the steep grassy track onto the Fell and then back around towards Hawes following the Bridleway signs.
Its only about 7 miles but there’s the steep climb up to the top of the Fell, then a gentle level ride starting on the grassy bridleway before joining the man made track for the Grouse Shoot. Before a rather quick descent back into Sedbusk and Hawes.
Yesterday took a ride over in Swaledale for the first time in ages. After pouring over the OS Maps I`d decided it was time to get the roof bars on the car and have a longish ride over the tops in Swaledale. Weather forecast checked and the day sorted.
Distance: Approx 26 miles
Time: 5 leisurely hours (enjoying the views)
Some very steep climbs both on and off road, also a very steep loose descent to Crackpot
Parked the car just below Grinton Youth Hostel in the little car park, sorted the bikes and started the climb on the single track road back to the top of the fell. Some slight navigation issues not withstanding (,too many rides on the same bridleways leads to a blasie attitude to the route, need to study the map more and check distances) eventually we reached the top and made our first turn off-road to the right 500 metres before the top cattle grid. Now we`re on to peat and grit stone tracks and soon are gently climbing to the highest point. Through a gate we took the track down to the left, a nice long rolling gravelled track past Grouse Shooting Butts and down to a cross roads near the Shooting house, could have been a good mile or so descent.
A gloriously sunny day today, so thought I`d take a ride to the Ribblehead Viaduct and treat myself to an ice cream, (after all if you’re on a Fatbike there has to be some snow).
Distance: About 25 miles
Time: About 3.5 Hours
Apart from two long climbs most of the ride is fairly flat on good bridleways. Also there is one long sweeping descent and one fast steep windy descent to Burtersett.
Just took the usual route up through Burtersett to the Roman Road (Cam High Road) and then across to Cam Top and along the well prepared bridleway and onto the gravel road that the logging wagons use. This comes out eventually on the Ingleton Road and another mile or so to the Viaduct. Its a great straight fast descent down the gravel road as can be seen from the pictures, but its a long way backup. The Fatbike copes well with this smoother terrain, seems to just soak up the little stones and rolls over the smaller rocks.
Route description with video of Mountain Bike Loop ride from Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales.
Distance: Approx 24 miles
Time: About 3.5 Hours
Some good climbing and two long descents. Bridleway disappears at one point.
Make sure you have a Map, Compass or a good GPS with map.
The loop I did, started from Hawes and headed out of Town on the Sedbergh road past Cotterdale, before turning right towards Kirby Stephen at the Moorcock Inn. Then after a couple of miles riding along side the railway line, turning off the road at Shaw Paddock Farm following the bridleway, it’s just before the road goes under the railway line.
Video of a ride taken from Hawes, up to Burtersett and the Roman Road / Beggermans. Then up and across to Cam Top on the road. Then taking the Bridleway back towards Hawes skirting along the ridge above Snaizeholme, before the rocks and cobbles of the quick but long descent back down to Hawes.
Distance: Approx 13 miles from Hawes
Time: Couple of Hours
A long climb but worth it for the descent and the views