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.
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!
You must have spotted we have that too! Check out our accommodation page for details.
Be Sure to check out our 'Route of the Month' Page Here.
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.
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
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.