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Headwaters Trail

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Saturday 4th to Monday 6th May 2024

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Tuesday 7th November 2023
Entries Close
Friday 5th April 2024 at 17:00
Bikepacker; Bikepacker + GPS; Supported Ride
Entries so Far
21 Participants
Entry Fees
Bikepacker £50
Bikepacker + gps tracker £70

Supported Ride (luggage transfers, gps tracker, food x4 and camp x2) 



Plus 6% booking fee 


Event Organiser - Adrian Wright

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The Headwaters Trail is a bikepacking adventure by gravel or mountain bike on old drovers lanes, bridleways and greenways into the heart of an often overlooked part of Yorkshire.

The trail takes you on a 350km circular route over Pennine moors where the three rivers that powered the first cotton mills and coal mines of the Industrial Revolution have their source - the head of the waters of the Calder, Aire and Don - and out over a diverse landscape with its woodlands, moorlands and farmland. 

The route also visits busy market towns like Skipton, Penistone and Marsden whilst passing through the center of Leeds.  The route is approximately 80% 'off-road'.

This circular route takes you through Hebden Bridge, over the moors to Malham Tarn where it turns south to pass through Skipton and out along the ridge above the Aire valley with its hidden gravel singletrack.  The return leg is via traffic free greenways and quality gravel trails on canal towpaths and reclaimed railway lines that cross the broad floodplain to Castleford and Elsecar before ace trails in Wharncliffe woods and back across the Pennine moors to the finish line in Mytholmroyd.  The trail has 5,200 meters of climbing.  

There are three options:

(1) Bikepackers ticket which is a self-supported ride using the gpx files, the printed Event Guide with OS maps and the Event HQ with its bag drop off and showers for when you return on Sunday or Monday

(2) Bikepackers ticket as a self supported ride with a GPS tracker so friends and family can see your progress across the trail in addition to the gpx files, the printed Event Guide with OS maps and the facilities at the Event HQ.

(3) 'Ride, eat, camp' ticket is the supported option which includes: 

     (i) GPS tracker so friends and family can see your progress across the trail

     (ii) Luggage transfer of your kit between sites

     (iii) Evening meals  and breakfasts provided on site by an artisan food vendor.  The food in the evening will differ on the Saturday / Sunday night.  The breakfast will be the same solid fare. All diets catered.

     (iv) And of course the gpx files, the printed Event Guide with OS maps and the facilities at Event HQ   This option is not all luxury as you still need to ride between the stages and put up your own tent!!

Included in entry for all riders:

  • Starting line - riders can depart on the Saturday between 6am - 9am.
  • GPX file - Sent to your email address two weeks prior to the event.
  • Event Guide - A printed Event Guide will be sent to riders a month before the start date. The guide will have detailed Ordnance Survey (OS) maps that show the route. The guide will also pinpoint supply points such as Coops, corner shops and pubs as well as wild swimming spots, nature reserves and a few places of historic interest off the beaten track.
  • Event Hub - Every epic adventure needs support and so Mytholmroyd Community Center will be our hub where all riders gather, sign on, fuel up and swap stories. The Center has toilets, showers and a large free car park whilst Mytholmroyd train station, on the main line between Leeds and Manchester, is 5 minutes away. 
  • Friday campsite - all riders have the option of a pre-ride Friday night campsite, should you wish to use it, which gives easy access to the Event HQ in Mytholmroyd. This site is located directly above Hebden Bridge, it is not open to the public so early in the season and the cost is included in your entry fee.
  • Badge and Certificate - Every rider loves a patch and so on the Yorkshire Divide there is an embroidered cloth badge made in Leeds for every rider. Your time out on the trial will also be recorded and noted on your finishers certificate.
  • Pie n Peas - In the Event Room on Monday 6th May riders can enjoy pie n peas from 11am-6pm.  All diets catered for. NB: the Event Room is staffed by Event Officials on Saturday morning and all day Monday.  It is not staffed on the Sunday but the community center the room is located in will be open from 10-5pm on the Sunday and riders can access any bags they dropped off and use the showers etc.  So if you arrive back to Mytholmroyd on the Sunday it is unavoidable that there'll be no pie n peas in the Event Room as we'll be at the campsite 80kms away!
  • Refunds - full refunds issued up to Friday 1st March 2024.  After that date and up till Friday 29th March 2024 then 50% of the signing on cost will be refunded.  After the deadline of Friday 5th April 2024 no refunds are possible as we start to pay the many bills and the 'pot' is soon empty.  The option of transfer to the event in 2025 is available.  
  • Entry deadline - Friday 5th April 2024.  No 'on the day' entries.

In addition you can opt for:

  • GPS Tracker - Live GPS trackers allow friends, family and event officials to see your progress and watch the event unfold in real time. This is referred to as 'dot watching' and is surprisingly addictive!
  • Campsites - On the Headwaters Trail we offer two campsites included in the signing on cost when you register for the supported 'Ride and Camp' option. The first campsite is 135kms into the ride where you can rest up on Saturday night (outside Skipton). The second campsite is 265kms into the ride on Sunday night (outside Shepley) and whilst this is ‘only’ 85kms short of the finishing line those last kms are across several Pennine moors which offer some of the best riding and are best enjoyed with fresh legs! 
  • A specialist food vendor will serve you an evening meal and breakfast at the two campsites (included in the signing on ticket price) which can be enjoyed as we can gather in the marque at the first site and the barn at the second site.
  • Luggage transfer - if you choose the supported 'Ride, eat, camp' option this includes transfer of your camping luggage from (a) Mytholmroyd Community Center to the Saturday evening campsite, (b) from the Saturday site to the Sunday evening campsite and of course (c) transfer of your luggage back to the Event HQ in Mytholmroyd.

Find out more about the Headwaters Trail and the wider Yorkshire Divide at:

View the Event Disclaimer / Terms and Conditions.

View the Event Cancellation / Refund Policy.

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Event Location:
Mytholmroyd Community Centre, Mytholmroyd Community Centre, Caldene Ave, Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, HX7 5AF