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.
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.
Navigation is the key, Swaledale is a great place to ride but there isn't a waymarker arrow every 100meteres 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 CTC '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 the support, with a support vehicle at the ready to assist with any problems.
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 120mm-150mm travel.
Stu (the Boss) rides an Orange Five 150mm Pike with Shimano 1x11 and 29er Cotic Solaris, 120mm travel up front.
Ian (mechanic & 'Stay' organiser) rides a Trek Domane, Cotic Escapade & Cotic Soul.
Josh (cafe/coffee barista) rides an Orange Five & Cotic Soul 130mm hardtail.
Bren (the real Boss and number cruncher) rides a Cotic Soul 130mm travel fork.
Thomas (Saturday lad) Orange Crush 27.5 with 140mm travel fork
To be honest riding a 160mm travel full suspension mountain bike with a set of Fox 36's up front is an awesome bike but you'll probably not stretch it here. If that's your only bike then bring it and pedal it or why not hire one of our fleet of Orange hardtails.
The tyre question.... forget your mud tyres, the trails around here are predominatley rock based. We tend to ride around a 2.35/2.4 up front, tyres like a Maxxis High Roller 2, Mavic CrossMax Charge and Bontrager XR4. For the rear something not quite so wide and a bit faster rolling like a Bontrager XR3 or Mavic CrossRoc Quest and plenty of folks ride here with a High Roller 2.35 on the rear. As you may tell we like Mavic and the new Bontrager tyres 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.