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limestone pavements - malham moor
limestone pavements - malham moor
Hetton - Malham Moor via Mastiles Lane
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Not an adrenaline junkie type ride, more like visual eye candy, taking in awe-inspiring views of Winterburn Reservoir, an outstanding 360 view at Weets Top and regular glimpses of the famous limestone pavements of Malham Moor.

Much of the riding is deep within working countryside; you may have to gently coax a dozen or so bulls blocking your route forward. If thats not your thing this isnt the route for you.

On a good day, the skies on this route apear to be huge, just the best!


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Difficulty: rate Grin Factor: rate
Time :2.17 hrs
Distance: 11.7 mi
Offroad: 10.7 mi
Onroad: 1 mi
Climbing distance: 4.5 mi
Descent distance: 6 mi
Flat distance: 1.3 mi
Total climbing: 2322.8 ft
Terrain: Generally slow, sometimes muddy. You gets your buzz in different ways on this ride
OS Map:Yorkshire Dales Southern area Landranger 98



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Start point
- SD 9621 5899 - GPS N 54 03.982 W 2 00.305 hetton village - left at Rylstone off the B6265, the bridleway begins on your right, as you hit the village. hid between the houses

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The Route

An easy climb from Hetton village, go left when you leave the bridleway and hit field, taking in the views of Winterburn Reservoir on the nice but short downhill, what follows is a pretty long climb to the top of Weets Top, it takes a while but it’s the hardest and only major climb on this route.

Take in the amazing views at the top of Weets Top, then down the short but steep bridleway to hit tarmac (turn right), follow this until you reach Mastiles Lane on your left, a half mile ride through a field track then right at the first gate.

Follow Mastiles lane until it turns into tarmac, then turn right off the tarmac as it begins to descend, following the bridleway signs for Boss Moor and take in the superb limestone views. Descend Boss Moor via Boss Moor Lane until you hit tarmac (Malham Moor Lane) turn left onto this road, about 150 yards on your right, the well hidden bridleway continues, back to your start point at Hetton.


added by: jake - Tue Jul 29


Food & stuff
Theres a pub in Hetton at the end of this route!! We don’t fancy it; it looks like the kind of place where they might not be too happy if you turn up blathered in mud…. We could be wrong?




You can bypass the last section which is challenging in summer but muddy and slow in winter. Use the tarmac - Boss Moor Lane to Fleets Lane to get back to sp @ Hetton. Good view of Gordale scar from Weets for those who choose to look
from: Anon | Wed Sep 30

9/10 for enjoyment levels - fantastic scenery. more like this pls
from: drew | Tue Jul 14

your photos bring back memories of hot summer days. an awesome route. i cycle onto the settle loop
from: Anon | Fri Mar 6

The mobile cafe parked on the A59 - near broughton hall for the best local bacon butties.
from: jake | Thu Mar 5

i just love this route!! a favourite for many years, great photos, whens the sun back?
from: Anon | Fri Oct 17

you want an all singing all dancing, not too hard fun day out, without driving hundreds of miles ? do this route you won,t be dissapointed. Then do it in reverse. Been doing this route for 10 years on and off and still not bored with it.
from: mark | Tue Jul 29



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start of route
start of route'
left at the top
left at the top'
winterburn reservoir
winterburn reservoir'
grassy climb to weets top
grassy climb to weets top'
view from weets top
view from weets top'
left off the tarmac onto mastiles lane
left off the tarmac onto mastiles lane'
bridleway turns into tarmac
bridleway turns into tarmac'
right off tarmac towards boss moor, then boss moor lane
right off tarmac towards boss moor, then boss moor lane'
limestone view into malham
limestone view into malham'
watch out for the one on the left..
watch out for the one on the left..'



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