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Mountain biking

The Yorkshire Dales offers great mountain biking, beautiful upland scenery, rare wildlife, superb cafes and pubs and lovely villages.

Many trails have a history as well as being great fun to ride, being a mixture of Roman roads, monastic highways, mining tracks and drovers roads. There is everything from hard stone trails and moorland singletrack, through to fast limestone grassland. The trails tend to be less technical than areas like the Lake District, but they remain challenging not least because there are some long climbs to go at.

The Dales has a network of over 900km of bridleways, byways and green lanes – that’s more than 3 times the whole 7 Stanes network in a single area. There are short and relatively easy circuits through to multi-day tours connecting many of our famous valleys.

We have put together a collection of routes which can be downloaded in a variety of formats. Or you can pick up a map or guidebook in our on-line shop or one of our visitor centres.

Remember that you will be sharing the trails with walkers and horse riders. If you are approaching other people from behind, particularly horse riders, please 'call out hello and pass wide and slow'.

Hire and help 

There are loads of great cycle businesses where you can hire a quality bike, get local advice, go on a guided ride, or provide courses to improve your skills. And there are plenty of places to stay whether you are looking for a campsite, a B&B or something more upmarket.

Types of paths

Find out about the different types of paths and who can use them.

MTB routes

See our suggested mountain bike routes which include downloadable maps and descriptions and gpx files.


Answers to popular questions about mountain biking in the Dales.

Ride right

Important tips on riding in the Dales.