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MTB Tan Hill from Surrender Bridge

After a long perusal of the Ordnance Survey Maps (map OS30) at the weekend, I decided to take a trip over to Swaledale and park up above Low Row at Surrender Bridge.

My aim was to loop around Great Pinseat and take the bridleway across to Tan Hill and then return along the same bridleway and come back along the other side of Great Pinseat. However the bridleway as marked to Tan Hill turned in to a bit of a hike a bike across the Moorland with the way disappearing at several sections for a good half mile or so. The tracks may appear a bit different if coming from Tan Hill but I decided to take a different route back from Tan Hill taking in a bit of road riding to catch my breath. So below is a description of the ride without too many of my initial detours and missed turns, a .gpx file and a few images.

Distance: 23 miles with a couple detours!
Time: 5 hours
Some great moorland tracks coupled with some hard climbs  (and some carry the bike moments) finishing with a fantastic descent on the way back from above Great Pinseat.
Use OS map OS30

Route Map Surrender Bridge and Tan Hill loop

I parked my car, up above Low Row near Surrender Bridge, area for several cars to park on the roadside, sorted out my bike and hoped the weather would stay fine (it never does). The ride starts on the road, I headed down over the bridge and carried on along the road for about a mile towards Arkengarthdale dropping down over a ford and then climbing back up on the single width tarmac road. Then I took the bridleway to the left up onto the Moors, this started with a bit of a climb but soon became a gentle slope up and onto the top of the moor along the Grouse shoot tracks. You climb from around 400 feet in about 2 miles. Then the track leaves the gravel and becomes grassy and peaty (here I had missed my initial turn due to mist and rain to descend towards Whaw and back up the shoot track, (I found the turn on my detoured return and am thankful that I didn`t take it due to the extra climbing involved).

This bit of the trail takes you behind Great Pinseat for about 3 miles, near Whaw Edge. It drops gently down to begin with and then climbs up to meet the bridleway at Little Punchard Head on the other side of Great Pinseat that I will be returning on later in the day.

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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 Continue reading

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MTB – Buckden and Deepdale Loop

Took a long ride today as I thought this could be one of the last nice days of the year, turn out to be sunny in Wensleydale and the cold and misty on the tops and in Wharfedale, never mind! As they say theres no such thing as bad weather only the wrong type of clothing.

Distance: 30 milesGPX-50(1)
Time: Approx 3.5 hours.
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MTB – Snaizeholme and Widdle Loop

Toughish ride from Hawes taking in some long climbs and 2 great descents.

Approx 17 miles
2 long desents and 2 hard climbs.

Loop starting in Hawes, taking the Ingleton Road and almost immediately taking to the Bridleways, up alongside Snaizeholme to Cam.

Then a great hardpack descent to Newby Head. From here a short way towards Dent then taking the Bridleway up the Fell side towards the Dent/Garsdale/Widdle crossroads.

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