Pennine Bridleway

  • Clapham and Pen-y-ghent

    This is a 29.5 mile mountain bike ride starting from Clapham on the western edge of the Yorkshire Dales, which is also home to Ingleborough cave. The route heads east from the village following the Pennine Bridleway before doing a loop around Pen y Ghent, then returning on more of the Pennine Bridleway. The route uses a lot of the rocky Dales double track with some great sections of singletrack and some grassy riding to Foxup.

    The ride starts from the National Park Car park in Clapham, with the Clapham Bunkhouse, Café and Bar right at the entrance. At the exit of the car park turn right and follow the road to the junction in front of the church. Turn right onto the wide rocky track, then at the next junction immediately after turn left. Climb the double track through two tunnels then continue up the steep climb to a three-way junction at the top. Take the track on the right and follow the double track between the stone walls. The track starts descending gently at the first set of trees but steepens just before the second set trees. Keep descending the track until it reaches a crossroad junction with a lane.

    GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Clapham and Pen-y-ghent


  • The Rochdale Route

    The Rochdale Route in Calderdale is 29.5 miles long and is graded difficult / hard. It starts from the Watergrove reservoir on the Mary Towneley Loop and Pennine Bridleway at the North East edge of Rochdale. The ride circles Todmorden and drops through three steep sided valleys on the way, which includes some fantastic riding on the famous Calderdale packhorse trails. Be careful though as, while there are lots of rocks, in the wet this ride can be quite muddy in parts.

    GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: The Rochdale Route