MTB Swaledale

'Centre of Trails'  in the Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales and particularly Swaledale offer bountiful reward for mountain bikers.  An intricate network of bridleways and rideable trails crisscross the Dale (Yorkshire term for valley) giving endless options.

Where and How?

Here's a link to our location in Swaledale, I guess you could call us the Trail Head for mountain biking Swaledale and the Yorkshire Dales.


We have a modest size car park, there's no gate to lock you out or in.   You are welcome to park and ride, there's no charge for parking but we think it's reasonable for you to spend a few pounds in the cafe/bikeshop to help keep us all in work. Our opening times are 9 - 5pm, you'll probably find us floating around before and after, quite possibly heading out on a ride!

Looking for accommodation?

You must have spotted we have that too! Check out our accommodation page for details.

Mountain Bike Routes

Swaledale route maps are available in our bike shop, they're £3 each but they are printed on waterproof tear resistant paper. Simply turn up, park up, grab a map and go hit some trails...

For those of you with gps device here's some routes to download:-

Be Sure to check out our 'Route of the Month' Page Here.

Guided Mountain Biking

Navigation is the key, Swaledale is a great place to ride but there isn't a waymarker arrow every 100metres to keep you on track. Your time is precious we can ensure your group get the absolute most out of their trip, weekend or day of riding.  Our professional qualified team of mountain bike guides have many years of mountain biking experience.  All are CyclingUK 'Technical' qualified leaders, first aid qualified and hold other qualifications in the outdoors.  Importantly we know the Yorkshire Dales inside out, where all the best lines are and best cafe's (ours is top of the list;-)  As well as the guiding we also have support with a vehicle at the ready to assist with any problems.

Check out our Group Mountain Biking packages or take a Mountain Bike Guide for the day.

What bike?

Another question we get asked a lot!  There's a lot of climbing in Swaledale and a lot of fast steep descents but not so many big jumps and drops.  We ride 'trail bikes' tending to ride either hardtails with 130-140mm forks or full-suspension with 130mm-160mm travel.

What we ride

Stu (the Boss) rides an Orange FIVE Factory, 150mm Fox 36 with Sram Eagle 12sp.

Ian (mechanic & 'Stay' organiser) rides a Trek Domane, Cotic Escapade & Cotic Soul.

Bren  (the cake fairy and number cruncher) rides a Cotic Soul 130mm travel fork.

Ben (Bakeshop assistant manager/mechanic) Giant full suspension, Orbea road bike.. He's new

What tyres?

The tyre question.... forget your mud tyres, the trails around here are predominatley rock based.  We tend to ride around a 2.35-2.5 up front, tyres like a Maxxis DHFII 2.5/2.6 EXO+ 3c compound or High Roller II 2.4.  For the rear something not quite so wide and a bit faster rolling like a Minion DHR2 or Maxxis Aggressor (Stu's favourite).   As you may tell we like Maxxis that's why we sell them in the bike shop. Call in for trail and tyre advice and pick up a set of top draw treads for your bike too.