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Mills n Moors Series - Blake Dean

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Saturday 30th December 2023

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Saturday 4th November 2023 at 09:00
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Friday 29th December 2023 at 17:00
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57 Participants
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Entry Fee   £10.00   

Plus £1.20 booking fee

Event Organiser - Adrian Wright

This Mills n Moors route starts on the cycle path through Calder Home Park in Hebden Bridge and along the canal towpath to Stubbing Wharf pub and then we're climbing up through oak woods and onto the 'tops'.  There are two gravel routes (a 'blue' and a 'red') and these take either a short or long route from Blackshaw Head with its bridleways and fast flowing gravel tracks down to Gorple and a long gravel track to the hamlet of Walshaw high above the beautiful Hardcastle Crags.  We descend on a good quality gravel track to Midgehole and then its back to Hebden Bridge and one of the many cafes.

We use public rights of way and whilst 90% of the gravel trails are in good condition there will be mud, puddles, steep and rough sections of trail as it's the north of England. 

Meet us at the start line for a cup of tea/coffee and home made flapjack, pick up your embroidered cloth badge and head off.  There is no ‘mass start’. 

There is the option of a 'black 'grade mtb that takes in the techy descent down from Pecket Well.  A full suspension mtb is a good idea on the old packhorse track which plummets down the steep valley sides.

Any one of the following bikes would get you around the 'blue' and 'red' grade gravel routes: Gravel bike / Cyclocross bike / Mountain bike / E-bike. The terrain is not suitable for road bikes. We recommend tyres of 40mm upwards. A spirit of adventure is an advantage!

Ride 2: Blake Dean (Hardcastle Crags) / Hebden Bridge

         ‘Blue’ gravel /mtb route - 20km / 450 meters of climbing

         ‘Red’ grave’/mtb route- 25km/ 500 meters of climbing

         ‘Black’ mtb route (not suitable for gravel bikes) -32km / 600 meters

Register at the 'pop up' table between 8.30-10am.

Maps of the routes and elevation profiles together with a map of where the starting line is located can be found on the Yorkshire Divide website:

The group social ride departs at 10am from each of the four starting points. If you aren’t 100% confident about following a gpx route file or reading an OS map or just want to ride with a bunch of other folk on a bike then join us. There is no fixed speed we cycle at. We will be stopping and waiting for each other and we can take turns opening the gates!

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Event Location
Hebden Bridge Train Station