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.
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