Bransdale & Rudland Rigg Mountain Bike Route
This easy route in the North York Moors is ideal if you have only a little time, or if you're bringing the family along and are looking for something they can handle. At only 15km (9mi) and with not a great deal of climbing involved, this compact ride should fit into a single morning or afternoon.
The route starts just north of Gillamoor and basically crosses Shaw Ridge by means of road and then returns via the track across the top of Rudland Rigg.
To get to the start, follow the road that leads north-west from Gillamoor and follow it for about 3km (2mi), the road turns left and there's a layby shortly after, park here. Then, on the bikes, carry on up this road (Bransdale Road), you will pass Rudland House and Rudland Farm. After about 3km (2mi) of riding the road briefly descends into Ouse Gill and climbs up the other side. Keep on this straight road as it climbs onto Shaw Ridge.
Soon you'll be descending again, the road drops into Bransdale and comes to a T-junction at Spout House. Turn right here and continue past several farms. Just after Cow Sike Farm, look out for the faint track on the right which climbs through the first field to a gate. Go up here and through the gate. The track bears right towards the edge of the field and then left around the end of the woods. As the track becomes more defined, keep following it. After the climb and a brief flat section you will find yourself at a crossroads with Westside Road, this is the road the crosses Rudland Rigg (it may not look like a crossroads at first as the track at the other side is faint).
Turn right onto Westside Road and continue on. At the next crossroads, continue on and climb onto Rudland Rigg. You will cross the peak at Golden Heights and start to descend again. Enjoy this descent which brings you back out on the road you started on, take a right and pedal the short distance back to the car.