Mountain biking in the Yorkshire Dales in the North of England is full of enormous choice. The area available for MTB is incredibly vast. The Dales have in total an estimated 900 km of legal MTB trails.
Predominately this is natural terrain so you need to be prepared.
We could never do it justice here, so instead we are going to give you a taste and introduce you to some great resources to get you on your way.
The Yorkshire Dales Trails
The terrain covers an area of sweeping hills and valleys. Many of the routes will take you on stone tracks and then the next moment you will find yourself in moorland on a grass track. The scenery is excellent and there is a strong MTB community in this part of the world.
Recommended Trail Resources
Not unsurprisingly this site has a pretty meaty MTB section. I counted 20 trail guides on their site ranging from 14km to 60km in length and everything in between. Some of the routes of note are the Tunnels and Bridges out of Clapham (moderate grade) and classics like the rocky Tour of Pen-Y-Ghent out of Horton-in-Ribblesdale (difficult graded) or the The Bowderdale Classic out of Sedbergh (severe graded) which is often voted the best single-track in the UK. There are PDF route guides in ordnance survey format as well as Memory Maps and Tracklog files to download.
This site lists routes for all ability levels in more of a bite sized chunk format so you can piece routes together. They grade everything by either Easy (there are 5 routes), Moderate (there are 13 routes) or Hard (there are 11 routes). It is neatly laid out with the description, turn by turn instructions, map guides and GPX. They also cover the Lakes, North Yorks Moors, Lancashire and Northumberland.
This site has around 10-11 trail guides. Each one has a description, star rating for difficulty and for grin factor and you can download the GPX file. It doesn't just cover the Yorkshire Dales MTB scene but it also has guides for Cumbria & Lancashire
Groups and Clubs
If you have ridden in the Yorkshire Dales then please share your reviews, pictures and videos to the listing.