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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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Ride around Inglebrough

Found a local ride listed in an old edition of MBUK (340) on Viewranger which was a circular route of Inglebrough, so I thought why now give it a go.

Now due to issues with a change of car I could not not use my roof rack and my bike would not fit my old rear rack, so I had to get a lift over to Ribblehead. Thus the ride I did is not exactly the same as the ride in the magazine, .gpx included. I had to start from Ingleborough but then instead of doing a circular route I had to ride back to Hawes.

Distance: 27.75 miles
Time: 3 to 4 hours
Provides great views of the 3 Peaks of Yorkshire. The riding isn’t too technical but offers a good variation of climbs and descents. Both on and off road.
Viewranger details from MBUK340

This loop is supposed to start at the car park in Ingleton but as mentioned I did not take that option, instead I started about half way around the loop about a mile past Selside on the B6479 at a layby. As you can also see from the photos the glourios hot weather we have been having seems to have turned into a damp and misty day but hey thats what windproofs and waterproofs are for.

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