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Pennine Bridleway

Guided Mountain Bike Holiday

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Duration

4 days

Prices from

£565 P.P.
United Kingdom

Pennine Bridleway

Guided Mountain Bike Holiday

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

4 days

Prices from

£565 P.P.
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The Pennine Bridleway is the longest continuous off-road biking route in the UK. This fantastic itinerary offers us the opportunity to explore ancient packhorse routes, drovers’ roads and bridleways. It’s a classic British mountain bike adventure across the spectacular terrain of the scenic Pennines.

 

We’ll be exploring approximately 160 km of the northern section of the trail from the Cumbrian market town of Kirkby Stephen through the heart of the spectacular Yorkshire Dales to finish in Hebden Bridge. We're treated to three full days of cross country mountain biking over a variety of sometimes quite challenging mountain bike terrain. The holiday offers many challenges from both the physical and technical aspects of the riding. Terrain is typical of the region, characterised by large stretches of remote open moorland. The route is virtually all off-road, with thrilling technical descents, fast swooping grassy downhills, long hardpack ascents and just a few cheeky climbs to test the legs. The trails are sometimes rocky singletrack, other times more flowing grassy bridleways.

 

Arrival will be in Oxenholme if arriving by train, before a short transfer to Kirkby Stephen, ready to set off from the trailhead the following morning. We will transfer back to Kirkby Stephen and Oxenholme following the finish of the final day of cycling. We ride place-to-place each day departing from the accommodation, and stay at a handpicked selection of coaching-style Inns.

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Holiday Highlights

  • Mile upon mile of remote moorland singletrack
  • Exploring the rugged North Pennine hills
  • Fantastic views of Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent
  • Riding through the northern heritage towns of Settle, Barnoldswick and Hebden Bridge
  • Sampling the thrills of the Cam High Road and Long Lane Track
  • A Black Sheep ale and hearty meal at the end of a rewarding day’s cycling

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Enjoyed all the days and the fact that we were following an ‘official’ route made it more interesting. A great trip!

Nigel, North Yorkshire

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival - Oxenholme, transfer to Kirkby Stephen

Arrival in Oxenholme by train or directly in to Kirkby Stephen by car. After checking-in you will have the chance to get to know your guides and your fellow riders during the evening meal.

Day 2
Kirkby Stephen to Giggleswick
39 Miles / 62 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 1400m

Today’s ride is largely within the spectacular Yorkshire Dales National Park with is iconic limestone scenery, stone-built villages and drystone walls. It’s also home to some of the UK’s best mountain biking and its remotest moorland trails.

The riding starts with an easy warm-up alongside the River Eden to Pendragon Castle before we head off into the Yorkshire Dales and the first of many fantastic views of the dales and across to the iconic Carlisle to Settle railway.

Following a break at Garsdale Station we head to the Cam High Road following an old Roman Road to Cam End from where we can see the iconic Ribblehead Viaduct.

After crossing the River Ribble we work our way round the base of Ingleborough, one of Yorkshires ‘3 Peaks‘, to the most technical descent of the day down Long Lane Track.

Austwick, Feizor and Swarth Moor follow before we finish with the toughest climb of the trip. Weather permitting we’ll have a break high on the hillside and be treated to panoramic views across the Dales.

We complete the day on a good track through an ‘open’ hillside before ending with a gravel descent down to Giggleswick.

Day 3
Giggleswick to Kelbrook
31 Miles / 49 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 1100m

After rolling through Settle there’s a short road climb out before we join a hard-packed double track which takes us up and over the moors to the village of Long Preston.

The dramatic Dales are pretty much behind us now and we spend the rest of the morning riding through scenic undulating pastureland. That said, we still manage to pick-up some tasty tracks as we pass through Gisburn Park and on into Lancashire.

After lunch the scenery changes again as we head into the Northern Pennine. Our final cheeky climb for the day is up Weets Hill on the Pendle Way. The reward for our efforts comes in the form of a long sometimes rough track down towards Barnoldswick – the home of Hope cycle components. We’ve then just a few more small tracks over the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in order to reach our accommodation in Kelbrook.

Day 4
Kelbrook to Hebden Bridge
25 Miles / 41 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 1200m

Our final day’s riding is through the heart of the Lancashire Pennines. The scenery is perhaps less dramatic and more rugged, but the quality of the riding doesn’t change. Again we spend most of the day off-road on cleverly sculpted tracks, some of it purpose built for the Pennine Bridleway.

Our morning ride takes us through the picturesque Wycoller Valley from where we climb back onto the hills with a series of fun tracks transporting us to our lunch stop above the lovely Thursden Valley.

The sweet switch-backed singletrack of Thursden Wood follows as does a cheeky climb back up that connects to a great spot of moorland singletrack to restore the spirit and add a little adrenaline as we head back down on more purpose-built tracks.

Our last few miles sees us working our way past Gorple Reservoir to pick up our final section of quality cross-country singletrack and a long fast descent into Hebden Bridge ends the trip in style!

Celebrations complete it’s time to jump aboard the support vehicle for the 2hr transfer back to Oxenholme and Kirkby Stephen. Those travelling by train may also depart from Hebden Bridge should this be more convenient.

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The Cycling

Terrain

Much of the cycling takes place on the rugged moorland that is characteristic of the area, with sweeping vistas of remote countryside. The terrain is very varied, but you will encounter natural singletrack, bridleways, vehicle-width tracks and some technical climbs and descents. The trails can be rocky and loose in places. A good level of fitness and bike handling skills is required to get the best out of the trip.

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Mountain Biking Grade

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Grade 4 : Challenging

Distances of 25-50 miles / 40-80 kms per day

For regular mountain bikers who have a good level of fitness

Routes with frequent moderate to difficult technical sections

Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!

For more information about our grading system click here.

Is this suitable for you?

As well as keeping a good level of fitness you are also an experienced biker and enjoy riding more challenging trails. You usually ride most weekends and can cover between 30 and 50 miles over a full 8-9 hour day (with breaks). The routes you choose generally include more challenging 1-2 hour long climbs perhaps with sharp switchbacks and sections of large and loose rocks. You are comfortable riding most trails including sections of technical or exposed singletrack with some testing obstacles such as drop offs and steep downhills. Our grade 4 trips should suit you.

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Dates & Prices

Private Departures

Private Departures

Are you keen to only travel with your family or friends? Struggling to find the right date? Well, we can organise a private departure for this tour and tailor aspects to suit your group's specific needs. Contact our friendly team and we'll help you turn your dream into reality.

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End Date
Duration
Price p.p.
Start Date
07/05/2021
Return Date
10/05/2021
Duration
4 days
Price
£565.00
Start Date
16/07/2021
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Return Date
19/07/2021
Duration
4 days
Price
£565.00

Whats Included Tick

A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms)

B) Meals as itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

C) Full support service including a guide qualified in First Aid and a back up vehicle carrying spares, snacks and extra equipment not needed on your bike

D) GPX files available upon request

E) Scheduled train station transfers on arrival and departure days

What's not Included Cross

A) Personal clothing and equipment

B) Travel insurance

C) Bar bills, telephone calls, souvenirs, etc.

D) Bike & helmet hire (available if required)

E) Travel or flight costs and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)

F) Single room option (may be available if required)

G) Entrance fees to cultural or historical sites and visitor centres

H) Other optional activities

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The Essentials

Travel Options

If you decide to drive to the start point of your holiday we will provide you with full directions to the accommodation or meeting point. We will also be able to advise about parking arrangements / options for the duration of your holiday.

If you would prefer to catch the train or intend on flying, then please contact us directly to discuss the best options.

Please do not make any travel arrangements without prior consultation with the Skedaddle office.

Accommodation

In the UK we use small, good quality 3 or 4 star hotels, B&Bs, inns and small family-run hotels. Our trips are operated on a twin-share basis but single rooms can be provided, subject to availability, for a supplement if requested at the time of booking.

Bike Hire

If you don’t own a suitable bike or would prefer to avoid bringing your own we have bikes available to hire. These bikes are Giant Talon 27.5ers. Very good mountain bikes featuring front suspension, disc brakes and quality components.

On higher grade holidays full-suspension bikes are also available. These are Giant Trance X2 27.5ers XC/trail bikes with 140mm travel.

If you do decide to hire we can include a helmet (though always nicer to bring your own though!!) and all necessary spares for the trip. Please request helmets before your trip.

Should you choose to hire you are welcome to bring your own saddle with you, and if you use clip-in pedals / SPDs you will need to bring these along.

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