Possibly one of the best mountain biking routes in the Yorkshire Dales this one. Highlights include a good climb that skirts Whernside with a rewarding descent into Dentdale, a descent towards Hawes which is as rocky as they come (see photo below) and then some high level cruising with a descent down the Pennine Way to bring you back to Horton-in-Ribblesdale. It’s a big day out doable all year round, so pack some food, top up the hydration pack and take some spare this
Either Horton-in-Ribblesdale or Hawes are the best places as you finish on a descent. Gearstones or Dent work too.
Starting from Horton-in-Ribblesdale you head north on the B6479 to Ribblehead. At the cross road you pick up the bridle way that takes you under the Ribblehead Viaduct. Quite a nice trail, challenging in places and steep in other. You will have to push for a little bit as the path gets quite steep.
You will soon be on your bike and climbing again. There is a grassy plateau next then a great rocky road to whip down into Dentdale. Seems to go on forever! Hang a right on the road and head east through Cowgill to Artengill Beck.
Hang a left and climb up under another viaduct for quite some time. It’s hard and long but the descent on the other side is worth it. What follows is basically a dry riverbed. There is an easier line on the left but if you have a decent full suss give the river bed a go!
If you survive you’ll arrive in Widdale on the B6255. Turn left and head east then take the bridleway on the right before you get to Hawes. Then it’s time to climb Dodd Fell. The double track eventually brings you onto a road briefly and then onto the Cam Fell and the Pennine Way.
Pretty much down hill all the way to Horton-in-Ribblesdale now! The rights of way are a little unclear so follow the signs and avoid the footpaths. The trail traverses for a while before picking up pace as the gradient increases and brings you nicely back to the start.
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