Adventures - Mountain Biking

Mountain Bike Routes

The Settle Area has a variety of Mountain Bike routes.
Some lie within the Yorkshire Dales National Park and others within the Forest of Bowland.

Below is a selection of some of the best routes, ranging from a 4 mile circuit of Malham Tarn
to a challenging 36 mile route around Pen-y-Ghent.

 

Settle Loop

Start and Finish
Settle  SD 818 636

Distance
10 miles (16km)

The first section of the Pennine Bridleway to be opened in the Yorkshire Dales, the Settle Loop takes you on a variety of tracks; gravel, natural grassland and rocky limestone sections. It also gives great views out over the southern section of the Dales. It may be a short route but it involves a big climb out of Settle so expect to do some hard work.

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Settle - A Long Loop

Start and Finish
Settle  SD 818 636
or
Malham  SD 900 627

Distance
21 miles (35km)

If you’ve been around the Settle Loop and want to extend it, here is one option. It adds in a section of Mastiles Lane and a loop to Malham past Gordale Scar,
before a testing climb up Stockdale Lane and a long descent to Settle taking in an extra off tarmac section.

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Horton - Over the Stake

Start and Finish
Horton in Ribblesdale  SD 808 725

Distance

36 miles (59km)

Don’t be put off by the 36 miles distance – this is doable. 
The route is on good quick stone tracks and minor roads and you should be able to do a reasonable average speed. 
But it is a day out – pack plenty of food!

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Horton - Tour of Pen-y-Ghent

Start and Finish
Horton in Ribblesdale  SD 808 725

Distance

17 miles (27km)

The tour of Pen-y-Ghent is a well known classic for good reason.
A short road warm up is followed by a climb up a track on to the shoulder of Pen-y-Ghent.
Then it is along another great track, Dawson Close, to descend into Littondale.
A quick breather and then on to Foxup – a few short climbs and then a great traverse and descent back to Horton.

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Clapham Tunnels and Bridges

Start and Finish
Clapham  SD 745 692

Distance
12 miles (19km)

This mountain bike route really does have a bit of everything that is best about Dales mountain biking – walled lanes, stone tracks, grassy tracks, rock slabs, fords and old clapper bridges. To add to it all from the top of the route you have one of the best views in the Dales looking out over the limestone pavement of Thieves Moss to Pen-y-ghent.

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Malham Tarn

Start and Finish
Water Sinks car park at Malham Tarn

Distance
4 miles (7km)

This is a short and fairly level introductory cycle route which goes around the spectacular Malham Tarn.
It is half on good stone tracks with the other half following very quiet tarmac roads.
There is also the option to try out your mountain biking skills by adding in a section across the grassy limestone terrain.

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Gisburn Forest - The 8

Start and Finish
Cocklett Hill Car Park

Distance
11 miles (18km)

Red Grade • Difficult 

Black Severe (optional features and sections)

Laid out in a figure of eight. Highlights include the volunteer built trail of Home Baked, the gnarly Whelpstone Crag
and the roller coaster ride of Hully Gully – as close as you can get to dancing on a bike.
The trail includes forest road and red & blue grade single-track.
There are optional black grade sections and features on the way. Enjoy!.

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Gisburn Forest - Bottoms Beck

Start and Finish
Cocklett Hill Car Park

Distance
6 miles (9.5km)

Blue Grade • Moderate

Suitable for novices and younger riders.
Drop down to the causeway over Stocks reservoir and bounce along Eggberry Road.
A mellow section of green grade trail follows an old rail line beside Bottoms Beck.
Flow along the funky blue single-track of Park Wood, before swooping down from the top of Cocklet Hill.
Park Wood can be by-passed by staying on the forest road.

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