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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 tough climbs especially from Dent and a great descent into Dent as well.

GPX file of the Route

Whernside Loop

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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To the Cam High Road and Snaizeholme

Route Distance: Approx 17 miles
Rating: Medium with Long Climbs and 2 long descents
Time: 2.5 Hours

Took a ride from Hawes up to Cam Top via the bridleway alongside Snaizeholme (actually part of the Pennine Way for the top section), then dropped down the gravelly descent to the head of Widdale before climbing up top the top of Arten Gill Moss, before the descent into Widdale and back to Hawes.

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MTB Ride to Ribblehead Viaduct

A gloriously sunny day today, so thought I`d take a ride to the Ribblehead Viaduct and treat myself to an ice cream, (after all if you’re on a Fatbike there has to be some snow).

Distance: About 25 miles
Time: About 3.5 Hours
Apart from two long climbs most of the ride is fairly flat on good bridleways. Also there is one long sweeping descent and one fast steep windy descent to Burtersett.

Just took the usual route up through Burtersett to the Roman Road (Cam High Road) and then across to Cam Top and along the well prepared bridleway and onto the gravel road that the logging wagons use. This comes out eventually on the Ingleton Road and another mile or so to the Viaduct. Its a great straight fast descent down the gravel road as can be seen from the pictures, but its a long way backup. The Fatbike copes well with this smoother terrain, seems to just soak up the little stones and rolls over the smaller rocks.

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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 – Ride round Snaizeholme and Cam Top

Video of a ride taken from Hawes, up to Burtersett and the Roman Road / Beggermans. Then up and across to Cam Top on the road. Then taking the Bridleway back towards Hawes skirting along the ridge above Snaizeholme, before the rocks and cobbles of the quick but long descent back down to Hawes.

Distance: Approx 13 miles from Hawes
Time: Couple of Hours
A long climb but worth it for the descent and the views

 

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