Mountain Biking in the Yorkshire Dales

Mountain Biking in the Yorkshire Dales

Ian Boydon


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A guidebook of 30 short, medium, long and full-day mountain bike routes across the Yorkshire Dales. The graded circular rides visit all the major dales and include loops around two of the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks - Whernside and Pen-y-ghent. Routes are graded for difficulty and this guidebook gives all the necessary background information. Choose a route by grade, percentage off-road, length or time at a glance. Old Roman roads and other ancient byways once used for lead mining and livestock droving are now perfect terrain for mountain bikes. Fast-rolling lanes can be combined with rocky drops down steep gullies and sinuous tracks meandering high over deserted moorland. Mountain bikers of all abilities will find their own challenges here and some surprises for novices and experienced riders alike.


Ian Boydon:
Hailing from the flatlands of Cheshire, the steep fells of the Lake District and the limestone landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales have always held a special place in Ian Boydon's heart. He has now been visiting the national parks with a mountain bike for almost 20 years starting as a 15-year-old on a fully rigid Diamondback. After graduating in History then training as a journalist, a reporting job on local newspaper The Westmorland Gazette enabled him to move northwards and have his favourite trails within easy reach, and he has spent years exploring the national parks' bridleways in search of the holy trail. Now working in public relations, Ian still lives in the area and can be found in the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales on most weekends, riding his favourite routes.