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.
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