MTB: Pateley Bridge – around GouthwaiteThis is a good introductory route to Dales mountain biking using minor roads and good stone tracks. It takes you along the side of Gouthwaite reservoir, famous for its bird life, on a track and back down the other side on tarmac. A more technical section through some old mine workings then returns you to good stone tracks back to Pateley.
This is a good introductory route starting out of Pateley Bridge – a great little town with plenty of accommodation, car parking, toilets and cafes. A short climb out of the town takes you on a back road through to Wath and the start of a track alongside Gouthwaite reservoir. This provides great easy mountain biking with lovely views and the chance to see lots of birdlife.
At the end of the reservoir you cross over to Ramsgill and take the road back towards Pateley Bridge. Then it is a right turn up through a campsite and along a track to a tricky section up through some interesting old mine workings. Then it is back on to stone tracks and rough tarmac which come to an abrupt end just outside Pateley.
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