Cleveland Hills Mountain Bike Routes

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About Cleveland Hills

Cleveland Hills

The Cleveland Hills are a bit of a Mecca for mountain bikers in the area. They mark the northern and western edges of the North Yorkshire Moors and are literally littered with awesome trails.

There's Guisborough Woods in the east which is full of forest tracks and tons of hidden singletrack short-cuts through the woods. Then there's Clay Bank of course, with its popular car park making it a great base for a great selection of rides. And of course you've got Carlton Bank where there's a downhill course, and that's just a small taste of what's available round here.

Map of Cleveland Hills Routes

All Routes for Cleveland Hills

Distance: 12mi / 19km
Ascent: 592m / 1,942ft
Offroad: 65%
Difficulty: 60%

This route at the north part of the North York Moors takes in some breathtaking views across the Tees Valley. The terrain is almost mountainous in feel, and this particular route serves up a nice mix of moorland singletrack and rocky descents. Something for all to enjoy! And all this without being too strenuous for those of you who haven't quite got the fitness levels as high as they could be yet.

The route starts just below Clay Bank and gets all the climbing out of the way from the off. Once you reach the top it offers you rolling moorland singletrack before descending into Bilsdale. After climbing again and crossing more moorland it offers you another rocky descent before a short field section and yet another absolutely cracking descent off the Cleveland escarpment.

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.