Malham to Settle in the Yorkshire Dales (20km – Blue)

cycling yorkshire dalesOverview


This is a nice mountain bike route from Malham to Settle in the Yorkshire Dales. The ground is firm, a little testing in places but on the whole hardpark or broad stone tracks. Settle is a great market town in the Dales with plenty of places to east and sleep and Malham to the east is popular with tourists so again has many places to eat and sleep. There is plenty to see on this route with great view of Pen-y-ghent to the north and Malham Cove to the north of Malham itself, is worth a slight detour. Anybody with a fair amount of fitness should be able to manage this trail.

 

 

Start Point


You can take the train to Settle or start from Malham for this loop. If you choose to start in Malham you get an extra descent (and climb) which is very worthwhile. It is described as a clockwise loop which gives a good descent into Malham and down stockdale lane but can be ridden in either direction.

 
cyclin round settle yorkshireDescription


Starting from Malham head north east towards Malam Cove, once past the steepest bit hang a left onto the bridle way heading west towards Stockdale Farm and Settle. After grassy climb you reach the a rocky path and the start of the descent into Settle. It gets a little testing in places down here so go easy! Once past the farm you cross over the road keeping on the bridleway until you hit the B6480 which takes you into Settle.

 

When in Settle take the first rigth and head north towards the Pennine Bridleway and get your climb back on! Short sharp bust aross a field then you briefly re-join the road before peeling off to the east back onto the Pennine Bridleway which is also a Byway. This is a great all weather track with fantastic view to the north of Pen-y-Ghent as you traverse to the east hugging the dry stone wall. As the descent kicks in the trail gets a bit grassy in places but in generally fine.

 

Once back at the road head down again, past the steep bit BUT as it turns left, to the east, join the bridleway straight in front of you. You cross a field then get sandwiched between some dry stone walls for the final descent of the day back into Malham.

 

Great little circut taking in some lovely spots in the Dales.

 
Route Profile

Settle to Malham mountain bike  Ride Profile

The Route

 

Open Space Web-Map builder Code

//declare marker variables
var pos, size, offset, infoWindowAnchor, icon, content, popUpSize;

//variables for routes
var linesLayer, points, lineFeature, lineString, routeMarkersLayer, routepos, routesize, routeoffset, routeicon;
var style_blue = {strokeColor: “#0000CD”, strokeOpacity: 0.5, strokeWidth: 4.5};

function initmapbuilder()
{
//initiate the map
var options = {resolutions: [2500, 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5, 4, 2.5, 2, 1]};
osMap = new OpenSpace.Map(‘map’, options);

//configure map options (basicmap.js)
setglobaloptions();
//set the center of the map and the zoom level
osMap.setCenter(new OpenSpace.MapPoint(388170,464249),7);
// add a marker
pos = new OpenSpace.MapPoint(389350,463469);
size = new OpenLayers.Size(17,17);
offset = new OpenLayers.Pixel(-8,-8);
infoWindowAnchor = new OpenLayers.Pixel(8,8);
icon = new OpenSpace.Icon(‘http://openspace.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/osmapapi/img_versions/img_1.1/OS/images/markers/round-marker-lrg-green.png’, size, offset, null, infoWindowAnchor);
content = ‘

Great descent to finish on 🙂

‘;
popUpSize = new OpenLayers.Size(250,150);
osMap.createMarker(pos, icon, content, popUpSize);
// add a marker
pos = new OpenSpace.MapPoint(389620,463419);
size = new OpenLayers.Size(17,17);
offset = new OpenLayers.Pixel(-8,-8);
infoWindowAnchor = new OpenLayers.Pixel(8,8);
icon = new OpenSpace.Icon(‘http://openspace.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/osmapapi/img_versions/img_1.1/OS/images/markers/round-marker-lrg-red.png’, size, offset, null, infoWindowAnchor);
content = ‘

Tough climb straight away 😦

‘;
popUpSize = new OpenLayers.Size(250,150);
osMap.createMarker(pos, icon, content, popUpSize);
// add a marker
pos = new OpenSpace.MapPoint(386410,463899);
size = new OpenLayers.Size(17,17);
offset = new OpenLayers.Pixel(-8,-8);
infoWindowAnchor = new OpenLayers.Pixel(8,8);
icon = new OpenSpace.Icon(‘http://openspace.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/osmapapi/img_versions/img_1.1/OS/images/markers/round-marker-lrg-green.png’, size, offset, null, infoWindowAnchor);
content = ‘

Rocky descent 🙂

‘;
popUpSize = new OpenLayers.Size(250,150);
osMap.createMarker(pos, icon, content, popUpSize);
// add a marker
pos = new OpenSpace.MapPoint(382690,465059);
size = new OpenLayers.Size(17,17);
offset = new OpenLayers.Pixel(-8,-8);
infoWindowAnchor = new OpenLayers.Pixel(8,8);
icon = new OpenSpace.Icon(‘http://openspace.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/osmapapi/img_versions/img_1.1/OS/images/markers/round-marker-lrg-red.png’, size, offset, null, infoWindowAnchor);
content = ‘

Grassy climb 🙂

‘;
popUpSize = new OpenLayers.Size(250,150);
osMap.createMarker(pos, icon, content, popUpSize);
// add a marker
pos = new OpenSpace.MapPoint(385330,465829);
size = new OpenLayers.Size(17,17);
offset = new OpenLayers.Pixel(-8,-8);
infoWindowAnchor = new OpenLayers.Pixel(8,8);
icon = new OpenSpace.Icon(‘http://openspace.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/osmapapi/img_versions/img_1.1/OS/images/markers/round-marker-lrg-blue.png’, size, offset, null, infoWindowAnchor);
content = ‘

Good view over to Penn-y-Ghent

‘;
popUpSize = new OpenLayers.Size(250,150);
osMap.createMarker(pos, icon, content, popUpSize);
linesLayer = osMap.getVectorLayer();
// Set up layer for route markers
routeMarkersLayer = new OpenLayers.Layer.Markers(“Route Markers”);
//make a route
points = new Array();
points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(390030,463069));
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points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(389645,463364));
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points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(389180,464039));
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points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(388990,464079));
points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(388480,463989));
points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(387470,463989));
points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(387160,463849));
points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(386570,463919));
points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(386130,463839));
points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(385540,464009));
points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(384750,463829));
points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(384080,463339));
points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(383670,463169));
points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(383610,463029));
points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(383500,462999));
points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(383430,462689));
points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(383270,462679));
points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(383030,462489));
points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(382820,462449));
points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(382670,462089));
points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(382290,461869));
points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(381250,462269));
points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(381210,462519));
points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(381650,463019));
points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(382340,464029));
points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(382430,464719));
points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(382900,465369));
points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(383200,465149));
points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(383670,465289));
points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(383870,465779));
points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(384560,465799));
points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(384830,465699));
points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(385300,465869));
points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(386160,465729));
points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(387130,465549));
points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(387500,465179));
points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(388190,464879));
points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(388790,464889));
points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(389175,464309));
points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(389340,463489));
points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(389730,462889));
points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(390040,462989));
// create a polyline feature from the array of points
lineString = new OpenLayers.Geometry.LineString(points);
lineFeature = new OpenLayers.Feature.Vector(lineString, null, style_blue);
linesLayer.addFeatures([lineFeature]);
//crate a route start/end marker
routepos = new OpenSpace.MapPoint(390030,463069);
routesize = new OpenLayers.Size(33,45);
routeoffset = new OpenLayers.Pixel(-5,-37);
routeicon = new OpenSpace.Icon(‘http://openspace.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/osmapapi/img_versions/img_1.1/mapbuilder/routemarker-start.png’, routesize, routeoffset, null, null);
routeMarkersLayer.addMarker(new OpenLayers.Marker(routepos, routeicon));
//crate a route start/end marker
routepos = new OpenSpace.MapPoint(390040,462989);
routesize = new OpenLayers.Size(33,45);
routeoffset = new OpenLayers.Pixel(-5,-37);
routeicon = new OpenSpace.Icon(‘http://openspace.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/osmapapi/img_versions/img_1.1/mapbuilder/routemarker-end.png’, routesize, routeoffset, null, null);
routeMarkersLayer.addMarker(new OpenLayers.Marker(routepos, routeicon));
osMap.addLayer(routeMarkersLayer);

clusterControl = new OpenSpace.Control.ClusterManager();
osMap.addControl(clusterControl);
clusterControl.activate();}


 

Download the GPX file here.
 

 

If you fancy riding it and are looking for somewhere to stay, why not stay with Hit the Hills? Check out the weekends page to for details of Dales weekends or get in touch to sort a new one out.

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