MTB: Horton – Over the StakeDon’t be put off by the 60km distance – this is doable. The route is on good quick stone tracks and minor roads and you should be able to do a reasonable average speed. But it is a day out – pack plenty of food!
This is a long mountain bike route which takes you on a big circuit of the central Yorkshire Dales. It starts from Horton which has a car park, toilets, café and a couple of pubs. A quiet section of road eventually becomes a track and climbs up to Ling Gill and on up to meet the roman road – Cam High road. You follow this for a long section as stone track, then a bit of tarmac, then back to track.
You turn off the roman road part way down and take a more technical descent down to Countersett. From here you head around the back of Semerwater to Stalling Busk and up to the Stake road. This long stone track climbs steadily to a rocky descent to Kidstones Pass. Drop down a bit of road and then pick up another bridleway down to Buckden where there is a chance to refuel.
Then it is a tarmac section up Langstrothdale before heading into Greenfield Forest. Forest track leads back on to a stone track which takes you all the way back to Horton.
If available, the 'GPX' (or GPS Exchange format) files for each route are text files that can be read by GPS devices as a series of waypoints along each route.