For the ease of clarity we begin this route at the Maypole
in central Otley, however pick it up where you like.
1. With your back to the maypole and the Manor pub in front of you continue on this road for 200m to the library where you turn left another 200m up to the junction (pub) and turn left again. Continue on Gay Lane to the first left hand corner and turn right. Cycle over the bypass bridge and turn right onto Birdcage Walk. Cycle to the end of this road and turn left up the West Chevin road. It’s a bit of a slog but pace yourself and stick with it until you come to a junction with a caravan site where you turn left (Moor Top)
2. Keep climbing on Moor Top till you eventually reach the top with views of the Wharfe Valley and Leeds/Bradford and a water tower folly (left). Flat riding for 2 mins after this till you come to a bridleway on your left (Cross Lane). Take this track and follow it to the first right hand turning which you take.Flat riding again with a small downhill leading onto Carlton Lane. Take a left here for 300m and take the track on the left. Follow this uphill slightly till you reach tarmac (Yorkgate) cross this onto Miller Lane, follow this track to the end where it crosses the main East Chevin road.
Option 1. if you’ve had enough turn left straight down the hill into Otley, allthough your missing the most scenic section!
Option 2. Straight ahead into Chevin forest Park follow the well made track to the car park and turn left down a long straight hill. Cross the bridge then turn immediately right (faily steep uphill). Follow this track through the woods to the end and turn left down the hill. At the bottom, the track swings hard left flattens for 400m. You should then take the track right down the steep hill. Again it bears hard left flattens then take the track on your right. Theres some nice eye candy on this section with woodlands, boulders, scupltures and other woodland type stuff. The track eventually leads you onto East Chevin Road with a 2 min descent back to your start point.
added by: mark - Mon Mar 2