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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 Ride touching 4 Dales

Today took a longish ride from Hawes which touched on Wensleydale, Widdale, Dentdale and Garsdale.

Distance: 25 milesGPX-50(1)
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.

From Hawes ride towards Bainbridge on the A684 then after about a mile trun up to Burtersett. Follow the road up through the Village aand after another mile of climbing, you come to a “crossroads” where the bridleway crosses the road, it on the corner and you can`t really miss it. Turn right and continue climbing. This track climbs for over a mile, keep going through to 2 gates before a flat section and then a descent down to the Beggermans Road, near to Fleet Moss. Follow this road for about 3/4 mile and take the single track road to the right signposted to Cam. This single track tarmac road carries on for about 2.5 miles. Once at the top follow the road to the left past the bridleway, don`t take this bridleway turning back to Hawes and Snaizeholme. After another 1/4 mile you come to set of gates and a cattle grid. Just before this is a field gate and a signposted Bridleway to the right Newby Head Road 2.5 miles. Go through the gate and follow the track across the top of the Fells, the track starts to become gravelled. You start to descend and pass though a small gate.

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MTB – Hawes to Newby Head and Garsdale Loop

Route Distance: Approx 22 miles
Rating: Medium with Long Climbs and long descentsGPX-50(1)
Time: 3 Hours

Map-Hawes-CoalRoadLoopThis Loop is the same as the previous route for most of the way, until the top of Widdle Fell.

It 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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MTB – Hawes Newby Head Loop past Cam Farm

Great Ride today and great weather again.

Distance: 22.5 milesGPX-50(1)
Strenuous climbs with great descents.
Time: 3 hours 15mins

Took the road out of Hawes and up through Burtersett to the Roman Road where the road bisects it. Carry on up the Roman Road, a fairly long climb on a track, take it steady its a good3/4 mile to the top before it levels out with a good bit of downhill all the way to join with the main road Continue reading

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