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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 moor with the “track” 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.

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MTB – Askrigg and Castle Bolton Moor Loop


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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
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MTB – Buckden and Deepdale Loop


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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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MTB – Hawes Widdale Loop

Route Distance: Approx 17 miles
Rating: Medium with Long Climbs and 2 long descentsGPX-50(1)
Time: 2.5 Hours

Hawes Widdle via Snaizeholme LoopThis Loop takes you up out of Hawes along the Ingleton Road, then after about a mile you take the unmetalled road to the left which spurs off from the corner on the main road. there follows a pretty steep climb up the track, which then levels out along awhat can be a muddy section. Then after going through a gate you start another climb up a very rock track, one I must say I always end up carrying my bike up. One down there isĀ  long upto 5 mile section that follows round the side of Dodd Fell above Snaizeholme to Cam Top. Some great riding and views.

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