Horbury Emley Moor Kirkburton (mountain biking) Route Details

Route Description

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Introduction

A long offroad ride in west yorkshire, visiting a few of the villages surrounding Emley Moor

Conditions

Quiet roads and a variety of bridleways and tracks

Detailed description

The route heads up to the Emley Moor mast via Flockton using quieter roads and off road where possible, including a bit of a new permissive bridleway that crosses fields. The offroad bits can be muddy in winter.

The route then heads to Kirkburton, mostly onroad, with a little side track onto Burton Royd Lane, before picking up a series of bridleways from Box Ing Lane onwards, which after crossing the busy A629, and resuming offroad eventually arrives at Shepley.

A short bridleway section takes you to near Clayton West Junction, before using quiet roads to reach Skelmanthorpe. After heading downhill from village, an offroad bridleway take you across the mine scared landscape to Kiln Lane, near Clayton West, where a short permissive bridleway takes you across an old mine to reach the main A 636 Wakefield road, where you cross the old packhorse bridge (which is perversely only a footpath), and then through a new estate to reach Pack Mill lane. After the end of Pack Mill lane, join the busy A 636 towards Wakefield, until you reach a byway on the right which takes you through the woods to West Bretton.

At this point it was late in the day, and I decided to take the easy way down to Crigglestone and the bridge over the canal to the Navigation Inn. Had more time been available, I could have gone back through Coxley woods on some of the many tracks that pass that way.

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