Where are the best mountain bike routes around Skipton? I've tried Rylestone to Bolton Abbey (both ways), Sharp Haw (with a pint at the Angel) and "The Roman Road". All very good but is there something else I'm missing?
If you like hills, this one'll get you fit. Directions are vague, so look it up on the map!
South on Keighly Rd, left at Tadpole r'bout to Bradley. Up the hill onto Addingham Moorside (tough climb) past Delph Farm. Loop North, coming out on A6034 at Cringles. Left, then first right on bridleway. Straight over road and past Hang Goose farm. Bear left onto Bridleway past Doubler Stones, into High Moor plantation. Emerge on B road near aeriel. Turn left (east) and after 1/2 mile left towards the back of Ilkley Moor (above Riddlestone). Over the moor into Ilkley, then back via Addingham and Draughton Moor. Phew!
There's a loop I once did from Appletreewick, heading east then north, but I wasn't navigating and I can't find it on the map. I'm sure there are books available.
Are you practising legal biking? i.e. on a Bridleway or Byway? If so, think there are supposed to be lots up back of Carleton. I am a horse rider so might bump into you one day - not literally I hope. I am hoping to get some of the local BW routes improved as many are virtually inaccessable for a GG. By the way, did you know there are many lost historical BW's that were wrongly classified during the last national mapping programme that can be reclaimed rightfully as Bridleways. It would open up lots more routes for bikers and horse riders. Us bikes and riders ought to club together to sort it out! Whad'aya say?
Already mentioned earlier but you could do a lot worse than take yourself off to the Yorkshire Dales mountain biking Mecca which is Appletreewick. Park up or lock your bike up (lock provided) outside the New Inn (bottom of village on right) and stroll on in and buy a pint and look at map on wall inside which outlines many local routes for all skills, abilities and time restraints. Speak with landlord John if he is about and he will gladly put you on right track. (note Marin Mount Vision frame on shelf behind bar plus other bits and pieces of bike kit!) No one knows the local routes better and he is a wealth of knowledge, experience and advice. He has a Mountain Bike Livery out the back for storing, washing, servicing, fixing bikes etc. You may have read about it in mbr magazine amongst others. Get yourself up there, you wont be disappointed. I know because I live in Appletreewick.
Thanks. Googled the New Inn and guess what - Skiptonweb was the third site listed. Also found an article from last year http://www.singletrackworld.com/article.php?sid=1254 saying the landlord (John) was selling up but looking for support to enable him to stay in the village.
I'll try the Ilkley route and let you know how I get on.
Might make Appletreewick the starting point for our New Year ride (burn those mince pies off).
Always legal biking - lots of bridleways (more bikes on them than horses). I think there could be a lot more coordination of routes and access rights - not just for bikers but riders and walkers too.
I also just found details of a route from Litton to Horton and back, looping round both sides of pen-y-ghent. Looks pretty good - about 20 miles.
Are there any mountain bike clubs in Skipton?
I suggest you try the bike shop on Water St for mountain bike routes and possibly local clubs:
The Bicycle Shop
3-5, Water St, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 1PQ
Tel: 01756 794386
(Just a thought - I'm nothing to do with them and just got this off the yellow pages site).
Ride to gargrave and then take the bridleway to Bell Busk. At Bell busk take the Bridleway to Airton and continue on the road to Malham. Go through the car park at Malham and join a green lane that will take you towards the cove. Rejoin the road to High Trenhouse. After the cattlegrid take the bridleway (sign posted ) for the Tarn. At the road turn right to the start of Mastiles Lane. From here you can go to Hawkswick or by going along Mastiles Lane make your way back towards Threshfield. Make sure you make the right turn of the Tarmac Road and make your way to Hetton crossing the Hetton Bordley Road. Killer track Leading to Hetton all Down hill with some speeds that will scare your speedo
Return to Skipton via the bridleway to black park and into Skipton via Embsay.
I did all the route from Skipton to Hawkswick, bak to Kilnsey, Mastiles Lane and heading south to Hetton. Returning to Skipton Via Ryleston Bolton Abbey and the Roman Road. A round trip of 60 Miles. It should keep you out of mischeive for a day.
All the informationis on the Outdoor Leisure Map 10 Yorkshire Dales Southern Area.
Now living in the flat Midlands
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