We are really blessed here in Austwick with the amount of accessible, rideable, mountain bike trails.
The Yorkshire Dales is home to some of the finest cross country mountain biking in the country, with an excellent network of bridleways, fantastic scenery, and great pubs in nearly every village. *
The trails range in difficulty from easy surfaced ‘forest’ type tracks to gnarly limestone rocky challenges. Within easy reach of The Game Cock Inn, Austwick we have every variety you can think of. Leaving the pub you can either start off slowly along the valley or launch straight into a series of climbs, with some technical sections taking you all the way to the top of Norber Scar and beyond.
One of my favourite downhill sections is down from Sulber Nick, a fast grassy section with a few tight turns to keep you in your toes. This is then followed by a wonderful walled lane down to Warfe, a real joy, especially at night with lights on your bike. There’s even an old slate bridge to test the nerves, or a tricky ford crossing if you prefer.
There is a lot of history in the trails around us, from old packhorse routes, monastic trade routes, miners tracks and even roman supply routes. The Yorkshire Dales has over 900km of trails to ride, enough to keep you coming back time and time again.
If you’re visiting at the end of September the 3 Peaks Cyclocross race is a spectacle not to be missed. It is a torturous route – 38 miles with 5000ft of climbing and has been dubbed the hardest cyclocross event in the UK. It takes in the mountains of Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-Y-Ghent and plenty of on and off-road tracks in between.
* The Yorkshire Dales National Park website