MTB: Horton – Tour of Pen-y-ghentThe tour of Pen-y-Ghent is a well known classic for good reason. A short road warm up is followed by a climb up a track on to the shoulder of Pen-y-Ghent. Then it is along another great track, Dawson Close, to descend into Littondale. A quick breather and then on to Foxup – a few short climbs and then a great traverse and descent back to the café.
The Tour of Pen-y-Ghent is a well known Yorkshire Dales classic. Starting from the village of Horton-in-Ribblesdale, with its car park, toilets, café and pubs, it takes you on a circuit around the iconic peak of Pen-y-Ghent.
Either way round is good but we describe it anti-clockwise so you get the road section as a warm up. Head down the valley towards Helwith Bridge and just before you reach it, take a left turn on to a rocky track. Keep left at a junction and keep plugging away on the track as it climbs on to the shoulder of Pen-y-Ghent. An easier section of track takes you through to Dale Head farm. Take a left and a bit of tarmac until a right turn takes you on to a lovely track along the side of the valley – known as Dawson Close.
There is a great stoney descent back to the valley, then its a left turn to head along to Halton Gill and along the dead end road to Foxup. The way back starts with a few tough climbs – pushes – to gain a limestone ledge. Then its great riding along a grassy track which becomes a fast surfaced track before dropping down to Hull Pot. This is worth a look – don’t fall in! Then down a stone track and back to Horton.
Climbs on route:
Silverdale Rd Climb, Armistead Barns Climb, Pen-y-ghent climb, Long Lane Climb to First Gate
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.