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Grassington – Hetton

A laid-back ride starting at Linton Falls near Grassington and climbing off-road towards Hetton/Winterburn.
None too challenging, but superb views, big skies and diverse riding, finishing with a long descent back to your start point.

As much as I love this ride for its views and limestone scenery, the GPS stats don’t paint a true picture, the ride feels like your permanently climbing with just one long descent at the end. Albeit a lovely downhill, it’s pretty rocky so you can’t get up to speed. It’s definitely a slow going ride with stunning southern dales views rather than an adrenaline fueled fast flowing ride.

Linton Falls (Limestone Falls – River Wharfe) is a great bbq spot if you fancy a bit of post ride outdoor cooking.


Total distance 10.5Miles
Grin Factor

Total Distance: 10.5 Miles
Total Climbing: 1640.4 ft
Time: 2.04 hrs

Off-road: 9 mi
On-road: 1.5 mi

Climbing Distance: 3.7 mi
Descent Distance: 5.1 mi
Flat Distance: 1.7 mi

Terrain: Moorland, field, singletrack, tarmac, generally slow going.

The Route

Start Point:  Start point – Grassington – Car Park close to Linton Falls – B6265 Lauradale Lane

  • Follow the road towards Linton. (B6265 Lauradale Lane). Pass through and out of Linton, (passing the Fountaine Inn on your left)
  • Take the obvious track right where the road bears left. This has a good limestone base and climbs to a gate, then goes on as a grassy surface and descends, steadily at first then quite steeply, to a main road.
  • Cross the road to Moor Lane, a loose limestone climb. Following the next gate the route covers moorland on a well surfaced track to a fjord crossing. Carry straight on over the moorland following the gates through bottom left of the field.
  • A tricky but rideable mud and grassy track section follows that descends between walls to a gate towards Cracoe. Hit road past the houses and go right on tarmac (. B6265) towards Hetton
  • Turn right in the village of Hetton onto Bridleway climbing towards Winterburn Reservoir. Turn right after gate where track forks.
  • Continue climbing until you hit a gate that joins Boss Moor Lane (tarmac) turn left then right after 150 yards onto moorland track.
  • Turn right at Gated signpost towards Threshfield descending. Definitely one of the best sections of this ride. A long and winding downhill. The track eventually hits tarmac (Moor Lane) follow this to Threshfield village, return to start point at Grassington via a short section of tarmac (B6265).

Route Photos

Grassington - Hetton Bike Route
Pass through the village of Linton.
Grassington - Hetton Bike Route
Turn right onto the bridleway Tarns Lane.
Grassington - Hetton Bike Route
Watch the descent, it crosses a main road.
Grassington - Hetton Bike Route
Crossing b6265 onto Moor Lane.
Grassington - Hetton Bike Route
Grassington - Hetton Bike Route
Track goes left towards Cracoe.
Grassington - Hetton Bike Route
Grassington - Hetton Bike Route
Past houses and right onto tarmac following signs to Hetton.
Grassington - Hetton Bike Route
A short tarmac section to Hetton.
Grassington - Hetton Bike Route
Turn right in Hetton, following the bridleway to Weets Top.
Grassington - Hetton Bike Route
Through the gate and turn right.
Grassington - Hetton Bike Route
Follow track onto tarmac (Boss Moor lane), left on tarmac 150 yards then right onto track.
Grassington - Hetton Bike Route
Very short tarmac section on Boss Moor lane, turn right onto track.
Grassington - Hetton Bike Route
Continue grassy climb.
Grassington - Hetton Bike Route
Turn right at gate and begin descent.
Grassington - Hetton Bike Route
A long and fast but sometime bumpy ride towards Grassington via Thresfield.

Food & Stuff

Grassington your start/end point is the only place for food. It’s a lower dales popular tourist village/ Our favourite butcher for pies recently closed, but there are plenty of cafes and few shops and pubs. Nothing to recommend here, in our experience we found overpriced mediocre at a few food places we have tried over the years so take your pick or bring a packup, then you can blame each over if its not great food.

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