MTB: Dent – the ViaductsA route with a big climb over the Craven Way and a descent which includes stone pitching. You pass under the two famous viaducts of Ribblehead and Arten Gill which are part of the Settle to Carlisle railway line. The route is described from Dent but can also be started at Ribblehead.
This is a great route starting from the picturesque village of Dent where there is a car park and toilets, as well as a selection of pubs, cafes and a shop. There is a short, tarmac warm up before the big climb of the day. This is a largely a stone track and trail called the Craven Way which crosses a remote section of moorland to drop you down to the famous Ribblehead viaduct. Part of the descent is a technical drop down a stone pitched section which is entertaining or a push.
At Ribblehead you will find the Station Inn and often a tea wagon in summer. A bit of road work and then in is off on to a bridleway known as Black Rake. Some of this can be boggy but generally the surface is firmer than it looks. A quick exit on to a road and then on to a section of Pennine Bridleway as it climbs on to the side of Wold Fell.
Then there is a great rocky descent down Arten Gill under the second major viaduct of the day all the way into the valley. it is then a great gentle run back to Dent.
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