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The Yorkshire Dales by mountain bike

Bowderdale bridleway cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Gordon Hatton

The Yorkshire Dales by mountain bike

Mountain Biking Collection by Barney

7

Tours

18:02 h

119 mi

14,450 ft

Stop for a moment, and think about the things that might spring to mind about the Yorkshire Dales. Tranquility, perhaps? Rolling countryside? Certainly. Quiet villages nestled amongst verdant pastures maybe? Stoic yorkshirefolk? All of these may be valid - and yet, and yet...

This isn't a tenth of what the Dales has to offer, and it speaks not at all of the pleasures to be had mountain biking around the region. Those tranquil dales translate to lung-busting climbs and hurtling descents if you have a mind to find them - or they can just as easily turn into glorious spins around a beautiful landscape that's rich with history, from Roman to the Industrial Age.

Here, then, is a collection of Tours that will help you to find the great experiences that are nestled within this green and pleasant land. From views and easy trails around Austwick, all the way over to the singletrack glories of the trails of the Howgill Fells above Sedbergh (yes, they're in Cumbria, but it's still within the Yorkshire Dales National Park), there's a ride to suit everyone.

Probably the best place to use as a base is Settle - not only does it have a station, but it's home to some marvellous riding in and of itself, and there are plenty of accommodation opportunities. However, it can get somewhat busy in peak tourist season, so do plan ahead. If you want to truly explore the best the Dales has to offer, then you're probably better off travelling to riding spots by car; it's a big place, and some of the best areas can be remote.

But don't let that put you off. The Yorkshire Dales are famous for their beauty, and for good reason. Truly, there are few places in the UK which can rival it.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Settle up — biking the Dales

    Intermediate
    03:14
    23.7 mi
    7.3 mph
    2,325 ft
    2,375 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A hefty day out, this one, for sure, as there are plenty of miles and smiles to be had here, and more than a little climbing. It's not too much of a suffer-fest, though; most of the climbs are spin-aways or grinds (naturally) but there's not much in terms of technicality. A fine all-round day ride, then

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  • Difficult
    03:40
    24.5 mi
    6.7 mph
    3,000 ft
    3,000 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    If you squint long and hard at a map, you might be somewhat baffled as to why the Howgill Fells are in a Collection about the Dales at all. Technically, Sedbergh and the Howgill Fells are in Cumbria - although they fall under the aegis of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

    

    This ride has plenty to recommend

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  • Intermediate
    01:13
    9.20 mi
    7.6 mph
    775 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This is a great little ride if you fancy a gentle spin which nevertheless gives a great taste of the riding available in the Dales. There are climbs and descents, to be sure, but as it's a figure of eight it's very easy to cut short if you need to, and there are some excellent pubs along the way for

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  • Difficult
    03:54
    23.8 mi
    6.1 mph
    3,800 ft
    3,800 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This ride is so called because of the shape of the elevation profile; it's a hefty beast and no mistake. There's plenty of steep climbing, some scrabbly surfaces and quite a few false summits - and once you're half way round you know that you've got a very similar riding profile to come!

    

    The rewards

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  • Intermediate
    02:31
    13.8 mi
    5.5 mph
    1,950 ft
    1,975 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This is a great intermediate ride; not too long, not too short; not too technical, not too simple. Just right, in fact.

    

    Although it manages to pack quite a bit of climbing into its relatively short distance, the route's rewards are chiefly the fantastic environment and the luscious views; lung-busting

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  • Intermediate
    01:43
    9.96 mi
    5.8 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,425 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Here's a route which won't take all that long (it's not too far) but packs a punch in terms of climbing for all that distance!

    

    The rewards are worth it, though - the area is steeped in industrial history if you keep your eyes peeled, and there are plenty of descents to match all those climbs.

    

    A long, easy

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  • Intermediate
    01:48
    13.9 mi
    7.8 mph
    1,200 ft
    1,200 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    There's nothing too technically demanding on this ride, although you'll feel as if you've paid for the wonderful views with some stiff climbing. But this is mostly on tarmac, so it's a relatively easy spin. Most of the work on this ride comes in the second half of the ride.

    

    The first half, then, is pretty

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    119 mi
  • Duration
    18:02 h
  • Elevation
    14,450 ft

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