Ingleton and the Pennine Bridleway
Yorkshire Mountain Bike Route Guide
Ingleton, Yorkshire Dales
(Requires advanced skills and fitness)
OS Landranger 98
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Ingleton and the Pennine Bridleway
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This is a mountain bike route of 37 miles that starts in Ingleton, on the western edge of the Yorkshire Dales. It is a ride across big moors with some great rocky descents and lots of limestone features to look at on the way. The first half of the route heads out around Whernside before returning on the Pennine Bridleway.
1. Start from the Information Centre car park (GR694730). Leave the car park keeping the visitor centre on the right then at the T-junction at the exit turn right. Go under the bridge then at the following junction turn left and descend a short way to a junction at the bottom. Turn left and go across the bridge over the river to a junction directly after (GR694732). Turn right and follow the road out of the houses for a steep climb through the trees. After a while the lane plateaus and goes down a gentle descent before climbing again to a gated junction on a right hand bend (GR699745).
2. Go through the second gate on the left and climb the lane towards the Twisleton Hall farm. Go through the gate just before the farm then follow the lane through the buildings to where it turns left to a gate. After the gate follow the rocky double track for a short distance to a signposted junction with a bridleway on the right (GR700753). Turn right and climb the grassy track across the face of the hill. Follow the track through a right hand hairpin at the wall then climb up the steep rocky section. At the top the track bears left to a grassy junction. Take the right hand track that then goes through a long left hand bend. Continue climbing the obvious trail through the tricky rock sections to a grassy three way junction at the top (GR705760).
3. Go straight ahead for a boggy track that heads just to the left of a large area of limestone pavement. Then track then bears slightly right around the limestone pavement where it becomes more defined. Follow this track up the valley on the lumpy grassy plateau to a grassy junction in the next section of limestone pavement on the left (GR713768). Turn left and follow the grassy singletrack a short distance to a grassy crossroad junction in the limestone pavement. Turn right and follow the track for a short distance to vague junction directly at the following edge of limestone pavement. Turn right through the rocks then follow the obvious grassy track that stays just below the grassy bank on the left. Keep following this track straight ahead for quite some time as it generally descends gently to a junction with a track at a farm (GR731783).
4. Go straight on and follow the track through the farm then on the far side descend the rocky double track through a number of corners. At a junction with a lane on the right go straight on to the next junction directly after (GR739790). Go straight on through the gate and along the gravel singletrack through the field. Keep going straight on to the next farm. Go straight on through the farm then just before the last barn, straight in front, jink right through the gate. Keep going straight on, past the barn now on the left, through fields and gates to the next farm. Go straight ahead through the farm to a junction with a lane between the barns on the right (GR747797). Go straight ahead and follow the lane on the other side of the farm. Keep going straight on, past the tracks on either side, to a forked junction at Winterscales Farm (GR753801).
5. Bear right over the small hump back bridge to the rocky double track and gate on the other side. Go through the gate then follow the track left as it follows the line of the river on the left. After a while follow the track right and climb to the bridge under the railway to a junction directly on the other side (GR758803). Turn left and follow the wide rocky double track up the valley. As it’s on the Three Peaks route there can be quite a few walkers on this section. Stay on the main track as it goes up the valley, which crosses a few streams on the way before finally bearing left over a stone bridge, across the railway, to a gate (GR360819).
6. Go through the gate and climb the steep, stepped, rocky track. After a while the steps give way to a rideable but still difficult rocky climb that follows the line of the fence on the left. Go past the junction with a footpath on the left halfway up, to a gate at the top (GR755827). After the gate go straight on along the undulating grassy track. After a while the track turns right for an eroded grassy descent. At the derelict building follow the track left then along a flat section that crosses the side of the hill to a gate in the stone walls. Go straight on through this gate and all the rest for a long rocky descent into the valley. Directly after the last gate, in the trees, follow the track left to a junction with a lane (GR724857).
7. Turn right and descend the lane to the next junction a short distance later (GR722859). Turn right again and follow the lane past the entrance to Whernside Manor. Follow the lane for a few miles up the valley until it ends at a junction directly after a bridge at the church on the edge of Cowgill (GR755869). Turn right and follow the lane past a junction with a lane on the left to a three way junction at the old signpost in the village centre (GR760869). Turn left and climb the lane through the steep bends. Climb straight on over the railway at Dent Station then continue up the long climb. At the junction at the top turn right on the rocky double to join the Pennine Bridleway (GR780880).
8. Follow the double track across the side of the hill, high above the valley on the right. Eventually the track descends right to a four way junction in the saddle of the hills (GR792861). Follow the Pennine Bridleway markers left through the gate then immediately right. Descend a short way to the bottom of the dip then climb the rocky track along the line of the hill top. As it ascends the track becomes grassy. At the top the track bears slightly left before descending through a right hand bend into a wide sunken trail. Go through the gate at the far end and continue along the trail that soon becomes a fast rocky descent that ends at a junction with a lane (GR790835).
9. Turn right to leave the Pennine Bridleway then descend the lane a short distance to a junction with a bridleway on the left at the start of the next hill on the left (GR786836). Turn left and climb gently on the rocky singletrack in the direction of the crest of the hill on the right. Near the top the track continues straight ahead through a boggy section before reaching a wide rocky descent. The track descends to a junction at the corner of a stone wall (GR788817). Go straight ahead onto the grass and through the gate then descend, bearing right, keeping by the wall to a junction with a lane. Go straight on and descend the lane to a junction with the main road (GR789811).
10. Turn right and follow the main road for a short while to a junction with a wide gravel track on the left at the top of a short climb on a right hand bend (GR785803). Turn left onto the wide gravel track and descend through a gate to the bridge. Go over the bridge then climb the wide track for some time to the next junction at Cam End, signposted for the Pennine Bridleway, on one of the crests (GR801804). Turn right onto the Pennine Bridleway for a descent on a wide rocky track that finishes at a bridge over a stream. Go over the bridge and continue along the double track that eventually comes to a gated three-way junction (GR804773). Turn right and descend the broken tarmac to a gate by a house at the bottom (GR800768).
11. Go through the gate and follow the undulating lane up a couple of climbs. At the junction signposted for the Pennine Bridleway at the top of the second climb turn right through the gate (GR801760). Descend the rocky track to a junction just before a barn at the bottom. Turn left and follow the grassy track to a gate. After the gate follow the gravel track that eventually descends to a wooden bridge over the River Ribble (GR796753). Go over the bridge then climb the grassy double track to a gated bridge under the railway. After going under the bridge follow the track right then left while climbing to a junction at the road (GR787747).
12. Follow the Pennine Bridleway marker through the small gate on the left and descend a short way beside the road. At the end of the track turn right and cross the road to a junction with a lane on the other side. Go across the cattle grid and climb the lane to a junction (GR787746). Turn right and follow the lane to a junction with a grassy double track ahead, where the lane bears right to a farm (GR785746). Climb the double track ahead that eventually comes to a gate. Go through the gate then turn left through the next gate. After the second gate climb the grassy track straight on, following the Pennine Bridleway markers, to a cross road junction with a footpath (GR778735).
13. Go straight on and follow the track in the direction of the rocky edge on the right. The track eventually comes to a gate in the drystone wall near the top of the climb. Go through the gate then follow the track in the direction of the wall on the left while taking in the views across Moughton Scars. At the following grassy junction with the small pile of stones take the right hand track in the direction of the Pennine Bridleway marker (GR772725). At the following junction go straight on. At the next junction, directly after a short rocky section, follow the Pennine Bridleway marker right (GR767720). The track soon bears left to a junction. Go straight on, or right it doesn’t matter which, and descend to a gate. Go through the gate then descend the track straight on through the rocky field to a gate on the left (GR758716).
14. Follow the Pennine Bridleway marker through the gate and descend the loose, rocky track between the walls. The track flattens off for a bit as it passes Ingleborough Cave, in the valley below on the right, before steepening for another rocky plummet. Keep your speed up if you can to get up the following rise, by the trees on the right, before the trail flattens again before coming to a junction (GR751694). Turn right then take heed of the tunnel warning signs before descending the wide rocky track. The first tunnel, although short, is pitch black. After the second tunnel the track ends at a junction on the edge of Clapham (GR746694).
15. Turn right to another junction immediately after then go straight on past the church. Cross the river then at the next junction turn right, making sure to stop and look at the waterfall and read about the gnarly dude in the rowing boat. Follow the lane left at the entrance to the trail for Ingleborough Cave. At the junction shortly after go straight on, past a line of houses on the left, to another junction shortly after (GR743695). Go straight on and follow cycle route 68 on lane along the bottom slopes of Ingleborough, on the right. Keep following the lane straight on until it ends at a junction with the B6255 on the edge of Ingleton (GR700730). Turn left and descend the main road. Go past a junction with a road on the right then turn right into the second car park, signed for cycle route 68, to complete the ride back at the Information Centre.