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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 Ride – Mallerstang “The Thrang” Loop

Route description with video of Mountain Bike Loop ride from Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales.GPX of route

Distance: Approx 24 miles
Time: About 3.5 Hours
Some good climbing and two long descents. Bridleway disappears at one point.
Make sure you have a Map, Compass or a good GPS with map.

The loop I did, started from Hawes and headed out of Town on the Sedbergh road past Cotterdale, before turning right towards Kirby Stephen at the Moorcock Inn. Then after a couple of miles riding along side the railway line, turning off the road at Shaw Paddock Farm following the bridleway, it’s just before the road goes under the railway line.


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MTB – Hawes & past Gaudy Farm Loop

Distance: 14milesGPX-50(1)
Long hardpack climbs, good grassy descents.
Time: about 2hours

Took a ride this morning from Hawes, up the old Roman Road above Burtersett, a long section of wide hardpack bridleway, about 4 miles off-road before joining the main Beggermans Road for a half mile, then took the tarmac singletrack road to Cam Farm through the gate for about 2 miles.  Then bearing right at the Bridleway sign, after the gate, back towards to Snaizholme, this skirts along Continue reading

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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 – Carpley Green and the Stake Road

Loop from Hawes east up to Cubeck then along and up the Bridleway past Carpley Green across to the Stake road and down to Semerwater. Then back over the top to Hawes.

Distance: Approx 18 miles
Time: Approx 3 hours
2 Long hard climbs (one very steep but on road) and 2 great descents.

10 minute video of most of the ride from Cubeck to Burtersett.

Route Details

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Map of the route.

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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 is  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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