Riding In Calderdale

The Visit Calderdale website describes Calderdale as Modestly Magnificent, and as far as cycling’s concerned that’s definitely true. Whatever kind of riding you’re into, Calderdale has it. It’s road riding legacy is now firmly established since the Tour de France and the Tour de Yorkshire passed through, it has an  active mountain bike scene, and the riding is exceptionally varied through stunning terrain: heather singletrack, high moorland cross country, winding woodland trails and  steep rocky descents.

Blazing Saddles Local Routes Advice

Whilst it’s great to go off with a map and simply explore all the tracks and bridleways, it’s good to get some ideas of the best routes.  Come and ask in the shop for great local route advice and ideas. We also have a small selection of local routes laminated for you to borrow and enjoy.

Double Blazing Hebden and Cragg

This is a good little route – with stunning views across the valley and a varied mix of terrain.

Distance: 24.5km

Elevation: +617/-617m elevation_profile

Starting Point: Blazing Saddles Hebden Bridge or Craggies Cafe – (previosuly Blazing Saddles MTB Centre).

Direction: The route may be ridden clockwise or anticlockwise, although it’s probably easier and more enjoyable to start in Hebden and go anti-clockwise. It means the main climbs are on easier terrain and ensures you don’t miss the fast techy descent into Mytholmroyd down Stakes Lane. (Shown on Elevation Profile. Either way be prepared for some steep climbing, and some fun descents.

Refreshments: Numerous cafes and pubs in Hebden Bridge, and half way round, Craggies Cafe at Craggs Country Business Park, a minute or two from the route, and next door to what was Blazing Saddles MTB Centre.