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Roman Roads & Sublime Singletrack — The Yorkshire Dales 300

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Roman Roads & Sublime Singletrack — The Yorkshire Dales 300

Mountain Biking Collection by Katherine Moore

5

Tours

26:12 h

190 mi

20,475 ft

Welcome to the Yorkshire Dales 300, brain child of local rider and cycle mechanic Stuart Rider. The official route is ridden annually as a participation event from Stuart’s workshop in Skipton, Riders Cycle Centre - but is also available to ride year round for cycle tourers or racers fancying a challenge with a timed Individual Time Trial (ITT).

If you’re looking for a straight-forward A to B route then this is not for you. But if the idea of a wiggling trail taking in all the most hidden off road gems, toughest climbs, most exposed moorland estate roads and testing singletrack is more your cup of Yorkshire Tea, then you’re in the right place. A total of 186 miles (300km) doesn’t sound like much, but don’t be fooled: this is one challenging route. You should consider your fitness level before attempting the Yorkshire Dales 300 as there are many testing climbs, even spread over five days.

The official route passes by many of the quaint towns of the Yorkshire Dales, so don’t be afraid to go ‘off route’ a little to visit these and sample their delightful tearooms and pubs! By splitting the route into five days here, there should be ample time for exploring the local sights, especially in the summer months with more daylight hours.

The best bike for this challenge is probably a hardtail mountain bike or similar. It certainly can be attempted on a gravel bike although some parts of the trails are quite technical so be prepared to walk a little! Remember that wild camping is not legal in this part of the UK so if you’d like to camp you’ll need to seek out campsites. Thankfully there are plenty to choose from in the Yorkshire Dales. It’s important to take a survival bag and other emergency equipment with you whether you’ll be camping or not, as some of the areas you reach are very remote which means emergency help could take some time to reach you.

Perhaps the best time to visit the Dales is late summer or early autumn - September and October. Here it will be less busy as the school holidays will be finished and the purple heather should be blooming - marvellous! Be aware that severe weather can strike year-round so make sure you’re prepared with good quality waterproofs and plenty of spare layers.

Read more about the Yorkshire Dales 300 here: riderscyclecentre.com/yd300-200-itt

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Yorkshire Dales 300

188 mi

20,375 ft

20,375 ft

Last updated: November 10, 2021

Tours & Highlights

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    Stage 1: Skipton to Starbotton - The Yorkshire Dales 300

    Difficult
    05:53
    45.1 mi
    7.7 mph
    5,200 ft
    4,750 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The official start point is from Riders Cycle Centre, a five minute cycle from Skipton Train Station. The first day of five covers 45 miles (72.5km) from here to the small village of Starbutton, and you’ll soon see why this part of the North is hailed for its incredible off road riding.

    

    Head out of Skipton

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  • Difficult
    04:42
    29.5 mi
    6.3 mph
    3,100 ft
    3,200 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The second day is shorter, with 29 miles (47km) to tick off, with two big climbs before reaching the town of Reeth. Head out of Starbotton heading North to Buckden where you pick up Buckden Rake, following the path of an old Roman Road climbing around Buckden Pike.

    

    Cross the road to continue climbing

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  • Difficult
    04:08
    29.1 mi
    7.0 mph
    3,825 ft
    3,700 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Today is the same distance again, 29 miles (47km) to Bainbridge including the famous Buttertubs Pass road climb. You’ll warm up straight off the blocks climbing up Fremington Edge, this time up Jingle Pot Road, with some seriously tough gradients leading to the S2 rated singletrack, topping out near

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  • Difficult
    05:51
    41.8 mi
    7.1 mph
    4,125 ft
    4,225 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The penultimate day of the tour could well be one of the most spectacular. First thing, you’ll find yourself climbing out of sleepy Bainbridge and up the roman Cam High Road. As many jokingly say, ‘built by the Romans, not maintained since.’

    

    It’s a tough climb due to the incredibly rocky trail surface

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  • Difficult
    05:38
    44.8 mi
    7.9 mph
    4,225 ft
    4,575 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The fifth and final day spans 45 miles (72km) in a very indirect fashion from Stainforth to Skipton, looping up and down the hills in the South of the Yorkshire Dales. Start with a climb up the Great North Trail on Goat Scar Lane, passing by Langcliffe Scar and Jubilee Cave. You stay relatively high

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    190 mi
  • Duration
    26:12 h
  • Elevation
    20,475 ft

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