Barker's Crags Mountain Bike Routes

About Barker's Crags

Barker's Crags, Scugdale

This popular rock climbing spot is set overlooking the sleepy valley of Scugdale in the North York Moors. A single bridleway climbs from the road in the valley through the crags, past Brian's Pond, and eventually to the summit of Whorlton Moor. From here it descends the fast stony track on the east of Carlton Bank, leading to the Lord Stones Cafe and Country Park, a great spot for refreshments, a bite to eat, and fantastic views across the Tees Valley.

Map of Barker's Crags Routes

All Routes for Barker's Crags

Mountain Biking Through Whorlton Castle
Distance: 13mi / 21km
Ascent: 503m / 1,650ft
Offroad: 72%
Difficulty: 60%

A easy-to-medium route starting in Swainby in the north-west corner of the North York Moors. The route is ridden in a clockwise direction, first paying a visit to Whorlton Castle and Whorl Hill, before climbing into the sleepy valley of Scugdale. This is followed by a short sharp climb/push up onto Barker's Crags and a traverse of Barker's Ridge, above the head of the valley.

Following on from this are a few miles of moor crossing, then a screaming fast fire road descent from Swainby Shooting House. This crosses open moorland at first and then steepening through the woods on Limekiln Bank, spitting you out laughing and screaming onto the road for a short section back to the car.

All-in-all a good fun day out on the moors.