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a yorkshire dales classic mtb section - barden moor with amazing views
a yorkshire dales classic mtb section - barden moor with amazing views
Barden Moor - Barden Fell
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Barden Moor "The Valley of the Wild Boar" is essentially a short section of classic track thats simply a must for anybody visiting the Yorkshire Dales. Its fast (if you want it to be) with some superb downhill sections and equally tough climbing. Most of the route is on hard quarry stone bottom chippings, so apart from some singletrack at the top, there are few problems with mud.

The views from the top of Barden Moor on a clear day (or evening) are quite simply amazing, and its a top route for shorter after work evening type rides, with a guaranteed adrenalin rush.


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Difficulty: rate Grin Factor: rate
Time :1.35 hrs
Distance: 10 mi
Offroad: 10 mi
Onroad: 0 mi
Climbing distance: 3.8 mi
Descent distance: 4.8 mi
Flat distance: 1.4 mi
Total climbing: 1410.8 ft
Terrain: steep bridleway, some singletrack, very little mud! FAST!!
OS Map:Yorkshire Dales Southern area Landranger 98



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Start point
- SD 9715 5821 GPS - N 54 01.195 W 2 02.698 Right of the B6265  Grassington Road from Skipton. There is parking  for a couple of cars.

Failing that 250  yards down the road you can park at Rylstone (next to the duck pond).

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The Route

Another idiot proof route once you find the start point, Follow the Bridleway only sign (just before rylstone village on your right), turn at the second left towards Rylstone cross. What follows is a climb from hell, but its achievable, certainly up to the first gate, which is a good rest point for the views into Lancashire, Aire Valley and Upper Wharfedale. Continue through the gate. If you have the energy once at the summit, drag your bike to Rylstone Cross, or lock it up and walk. The views are simply amazing.

Once at the top, its now a fast freewheel all the way down the other side of the hill. Once you hit a tarmac junction, take in Queen Victorias favourite view, and turn back the way you came. Its a steady climb with a fast downhill back into Rlystone to look forward to. If you dont finish with a serious adrenaline rush, you werent going fast enough.

descent towards embsay


added by: jake - Mon Jul 21


Food & stuff

Its not much harder to start this route from Skipton town centre, maybe starting with a couple of stanfords famous pork pies? superb on a good day. Or world beating (probably) fish and chips at Skiptons best kept secret, the Westmoreland Fish & chip shop (on westmoreland Street) Nearest pub on the route is the Elm Tree at Embsay on one side, or the The Angel Inn at Hetton on the other. Theres also a post office in Embsay village for basic provisions. Nearest place for hot food is Skipton town centre (4.2 mile from start point) The beer garden at The Black Horse, Skipton high Street is a pretty good place for early evening beer




Excellant route went today just a bit icy to really let go round the fast bends -8, would be spot on if just a bit more technical will differnately go again
from: Al | Fri Jan 21

top man! you looked determined to get to the top, and a braver man than me. i was struggling to walk never mind ride up rylestone.. come back in spring, its a superb section. nice to meet u too!
from: jake | Sun Jan 17

Would love to be able to comment on this fully, but I went up there today and the ice/snow made it impassable. Hard push up at the beginning (due to sheet ice, not lack of fitness) At the top I ran into snow 3-3.5 feet deep and had to turn back at the route wasn't clear or passable. Awesome, slippy, ride back down though with much use of my brakes and feet to prevent myself sliding out. Good job I had new pads on. Nice to meet the owner of this site up there too. Top work fella - I'll be back
from: Will C | Sun Jan 17

Wow! That was fun especially the downhill.
from: Mr-Rad | Fri Oct 16

I done Barden Moor from Rylstone and gone back through Embsay and on to Flasby Fell for a bit of a longer ride. Barden Moor is a quality track though
from: Neil | Fri Oct 9

probably the best downhill section in the yorkshire dales
from: Anon | Sat Apr 25

lots of repair? work happening currently at the rylstone end of this route. it seems like the route has been stripped of its surface?
from: Anon | Fri Mar 6

world class biking!
from: Anon | Sun Feb 1

good, but not as good as it used to be. elm tree at embsay for good pint
from: steve | Mon Dec 15

from: andy | Tue Sep 23

you can make it longer by continuing towards bolton abbey
from: Anon | Sat Aug 2

from: Anon | Sat Jul 26

i,ll second that, must be the finest bit of single track, anywhere in the dales, a must do!
from: mark | Wed Jul 23



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well hidden, but the start of a superb ride
well hidden, but the start of a superb ride'
follow signs for barden moor and barden fell (left)
follow signs for barden moor and barden fell (left)'
looking back on the climb from the top of barden fell
looking back on the climb from the top of barden fell'
repaired terrain due to errosion
repaired terrain due to errosion'
superb view from the top of barden fell
superb view from the top of barden fell'



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