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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 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 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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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 – Swaledale Keld and Muker Loop.

Just done a short route in Swaledale that I hadn`t tried in a while.

Distance: Approx 10 miles
Time: About 1.5 hoursGPX-50
Some very steep climbs both on and off road and a Great long Descent.

Map Keld Muker Loop1Just a short 10 miles or so, starting from Keld and taking the Bridleway to Muker, starts with a long steep climb but the views are great and its pretty flat across the top of the hill, before a fantastic descent down into the Continue reading

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