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MTB Gunnerside Gill

Another ride over in Swaledale, this time around Gunnerside Gill.

Distance: 14 miles
Time: 2.5 Hours
Ordnace Survey Map OS30
Steep climbing out of Gunnerside before a climb up onto the top of the Moor, then some steep technical single track at the top of Gunnerside Gill before long sweeping gravel road descent.

Gunnerside Gill Route Map

I parked up in Muker, but there is parking in Gunnerside before riding along the main road to Gunnerside. Go through the village and over the bridge near the cafe and then when almost past the last of the houses take the road up through the gateway to the left. You have to press a button to operate the gate, then a short section of road before taking the rocky muddy bridleway on the right side of the road under the trees. This is pretty steep climbs about 500 ft in half a mile. Then its onto a bit of flat for another half mile or so where you can enjoy the views of Swaledale. Then you turn right up towards the hills at a wooden post and when you can begin to see some buildings (6) above Barf side. This is an indistinct track but head up towards the wall and the gateway and pass on through, now the track is obvious and just heads on up towards a line of Grouse Butts keep heading on towards the top of the gill and then again towards the grouse butts where you will meet a gravel shoot road. Luckily this is also the bridleway, just follow it along to the right around the edge of the hill and between a couple of fallen down buildings to a junction of tracks at a bunch of mine heaps (8) on the route map.

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MTB Grinton Apedale and Crackpot

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.



 
 

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