The Best Mountain Biking in Yorkshire

Get ready, saddle up and hold on tight as we offer you a guided mountain bike experience you will never forget!

Mountain biking in the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales offers a thrilling way to discover Yorkshire, often regarded as the most beautiful county in the land.

Routes vary in length and difficulty. There’s something that will test even the most adept rider here, but its versatility is perfect for beginners and pros alike. Join us as we explore forests, ridges, peaks, valleys, riggs and dales in an area of unspoilt, outstanding beauty.

A day of mountain biking at Dalby Forest – Bike Hire Available

Yorkshire (or God’s Own Country as it’s affectionately known) offers outstanding natural beauty. Dalby Forest captures lots of this magic. It’s a great space to learn, practice and hone your MBK skills.

The ever changing beauty of the woodland surroundings offer the perfect backdrop for some fantastic mountain biking suitable for all abilities. There’s a reason why Dalby Forest hosted the 2010 Mountain Bike Cross-Country World Cup and why they came back in 2011. The ‘Rigg and Dale’ landscape makes for an exciting day of mountain biking and stays true to the phrase ‘what goes up must come down’!

Four tracks cater for four different abilities and offer the option of both long and short trails. If you fancy a break at any point, you can catch your breath in the meadows, the dense pine forests or at designated picnic spots. There are wide quiet roads to explore for beginners and fast single-track trails for intermediate and advanced riders.

Get your adrenaline pumping and your bike in the air at Dixon’s Hollow, a jump park garden. Try some new tricks and push yourself to the limit!

Lock your line and shred the berms, ride wood work and hit drop offs as big as you like, this is a mountain biker’s paradise. Fly like a bird from the kickers in the park, learn to clear table tops with ease or just sit back and enjoy the forest on a leisurely ride. Your guide will do the navigating, you just have to keep peddling and enjoy the ride!

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Swainby – Bike Hire Available

Up high on the edge of the North York Moors, Swainby awaits. Dry stone walls, lolloping hills, purple heather, expansive moorland, and the odd sheep. It’s like the whole area was created purely for mountain biking. When you arrive, you’ll see exactly what we mean! The rumpled blanket of hills in front of you are just asking to be explored. The views from the top certainly make the climbs more than worthwhile!

Swainby is suitable for all levels. Just tell us your ability and decide what type of ride you’d prefer. A meandering amble through the forests with a rural pub lunch in the middle of nowhere as we cruise the wide jeep tracks? A test of your nerves with the wind on your face as we challenge more steep technical descents? The choice is yours at Swainby!

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mountain biking yorkshirePateley Bridge – Bike Hire Available

We love Pateley Bridge, and not just because it has one of the oldest sweet shops in England. It’s a beautifully picturesque market town nestled in the breathtaking Yorkshire Dales. As soon as you arrive, you’ll understand why it has been recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

There’s a great mix here; the tranquil town, the adrenaline-fuelled mountain biking. We pass through game keeper’s country and can stop in their shooting lodge for our packed lunch or a country public house. As we explore this remote part of Nidderdale, we pass the impressive Scar House reservoir, one of the last reservoirs built in the area, and the massive feat that is the Scar House Dam. If the ride itself doesn’t take your breath away the scenery will. The variety of the cross-country terrain and fantastic downhill sections will put a smile on any biker’s face.

For newcomers to mountain biking or families with younger children, we have the perfect woodland location for a fun day out. There are plenty of optional obstacles to allow practice of mountain bike skills in a tranquil setting. You can cycle through gentle fields and woods with views of reservoirs and streams. Our dedicated bike guides will provide comprehensive instruction to aid learning the skills of a mountain biker so that you and your family can end the day feeling confident and eager for more trails.

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More information

We also lead rides in the Peak District as well as the Himalaya and South East Asia.

Skills Courses or Guided Rides?

Click here to read about what skills or activities you’d learn on your day of mountain biking.

Map of Course Locations

When you book we will give you the exact location of where we meet. This will either be an easy to find car park or in the case of Dalby Forest, we will meet outside the bike shop in the Dalby Courtyard.

Distances to Venues
Dalby Forest (Yorkshire – 60 minutes from York, 1.5 hours from Harrogate, Leeds, Hull, 2 hours from Sheffield); Ladybower (The Peak District – within 45 minutes from Manchester, Doncaster, Sheffield, Leeds, Bradford).

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