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Apr
19

Dry, dusty trails….. it has to be Yorkshire!!

Nidderdale, this ride has been featured a few times in the magazines and is one of the original MBR “killer loops”.  It’s a classic and I would rate it against pretty much any ride you care to mention in the UK and further afield for that matter.  We stayed in the bunkhouse overlooking the Scar House Resevoir Dam.

Building started in the twenties, finishing in 1937, along with Angram resevoir immediatley above, combined they supply most of Bradford’s water.  Lying in the shadow of little Whernside, just outside the boundaries of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, we usually start at Ramsgill, through Lofthouse, Middlesmoor and out onto In Moor.  A steady away climb leads to the fast descent to the Dam, crossing and climbing onto North Moor, following the Nidderdale way before climbing above the shooting lodge and following the double track along the ridge.

Climbing up the Nidderdale way above the Dam

Don’t forget to stop every now and again to take in the huge views that this ride offers.

So we managed to stay off the beer all afternoon, leaving us with the energy to go ride the ridge again as night closed in.

We shortened the night ride, taking the steep grass track from the second shooting lodge, it’s steep and fast down to Thrope Farm before rejoining the Nidderdale Way and popping out onto the road just above Lofthouse, perfect.