MTB C2C - Rosedale to Ravenscar
Distance: 42 miles (including full Red Route at Dalby)
Ascent: 3522 ft
If you stayed over at Rosedale, then a climb up the bottom section of Rosedale Chimney is enough for anyone. The short tarmc section does however lead to some of the best singletrack in England and will give a thirst for more.
A sweet section of singletrack leads on towards Dalby Forest, unless you stayed the night nearby, now being able to start the day on the world famous red route.
The stage finishes off with a climb up to the coast, before dropping down to the sea and dipping the wheels!
Last day of riding folks. A long day if you stayed at Rosedale overnight, then the red route at Dalby as an option. A skip up onto the moors to some of the finest singletrack anywhere, before dropping in on the world class red route. It's up to you how much of the route you tackle at Dalby, but it's a worthy diversion.
By now you'll have ridden nearly 250 miles across three National Parks, taking in some of the finest tracks that they have to offer, and visited two of the best trail centres in England. Hopefully you'll have some memories to last you a lifetime.
WELL DONE! This is a hard C2C, and only the brave will complete it in one go. Dropping down the track towards the sea you should have a big wide grin on your face. Have a drink at Ravenscar, you'll have earnt it - but we're not buying!
1. (From Rosedale stopover) Now to head to the coast, taking in some great forestry riding at Dalby on route. But first we have some more of the best singletrack in the UK on offer. Climb Rosedale Bank to the hotel. You may need to walk up this! It's England's steepest road! Take the bridleway off to the left, passing Bank Farm and a cattle grid en route to the bridleway junction at Hollins Farm. Take the singletrack that skirts the edge of the moor undulating along divine moorland riding until it eventually gives way to a track which leads to tarmac at Lower Askew.
2. Follow the road down to Cropton, then turning left at the village green and following the narrow lane signed for 'Sutherland' and 'Newton'. Approximately 2.2 miles along this lane, the road turns sharp left, with a cul-de sac directly ahead. Stay 'straight ahead' following the rough track of the culde sac for a further 0.7 miles.
3. A short distance further on a 'T junction' track is reached - turn down right and follow this track until it joins the main road by Yatts Farm. Turn left and immediately right, into Ruddings Road, a hedgerow lined flat lane that will speed you along towards Dalby. A crossroads of tracks is reached next. Go straight on, following this track as it crosses the North Yorks Moors Heritage Railway, turning right almost immediately once across the tracks, skirting left as a copse of trees is reached, following the BW with the trees now to your right, then across to meadow towards Crossdale Road (track). A reassuring sight will be Farfields Farm bed and breakfast to your left. Turn left at the main road where you will see the Fox and Rabbit Inn (possible hlt nearer Dalby). Having turned left, take the next right and fllow the track down into Dalby Forest, to the visitor centre and start your fun on the red route.
We haven't descrbed the red route directions, as you simply have to follow the well signed route and end up again at the visitor centre fo a break before heading to the coast!
To the coast!
4. From the Dalby Forest visitor centre head along the road towards the 'Go Ape' climbing area, turning into the track next right after this. Head up and out of the forest via Givendale Head Farm, turning right after the farm onto the lane, then turning left into the wide lane/ track a few hudred metres further along (Oxmoor Dikes on OS map). Stay on this for 2.3 miles, crossing over a lane along the way and keeping the woodland to your left.
5. The track meets a tarmac lane (Cockmoor Road) in amongst Wykeham Nursery. Turn right and immediately left on the further rough track and descend to the road by Troutsdale Lodge, then turning right. Stay on this lane for just under 1.5 miles, then turning into the lane on the left which will lead you to Langdale End.
6. Enter Broxta Forest and ride through for 2.5 miles to the viewpoint and car park near Reasty Hill (OS Maps). At the road turn left and cycle along until this narrow road joins with the A171 trunk Road close to Ravenscar!
7. Turn left onto the A171 and cycle for 1 mile, then turning onto the bridleway on the right, following this across moorland scrub until it exits you by Ravenscar. Cycle into this small coastal village and wander down to the sea to dip your wheels - well done!
Unlike Wainwright, we won't be offering you a pint...buy your own!