One Big Ride: MTB Marathon in the North Pennines on Saturday

by Dave Anderson 11

A big ride in a big bit of the northern countryside, Tyne Valley MTB’s One Big Ride is promising moor

And they’ve just sent us a reminder to say that it’s this very next Saturday. If you were toying with the idea, now is the time to commit.

Tyne Valley MTB are excited to announce One Big Ride: the inaugural North Pennines MTB Marathon.


Showcasing the best riding in the area, the highest trails in the Pennines and using paths that are not normally open to the public, this is an event that shouldn’t be missed. The event is a back-to-the-roots, Big Single Loop format taking in long grinds up landrover tracks, open moorland crossings, steep brake-burning descents and all served up with fantastic views.

There are three route options from the 65km monster to the 36km classic to provide a challenging and fun day’s riding for mountain bikers of all standards. Plus all the benefits you’d expect from a well organised event: rider tracking, well-stocked feed station and professional first aid support.

It's a big country
It’s a big country

Post ride there will be food, beer and live music to help you relax and share stories of your epic day.

The critical details:

Date: 19th July

Location: Garrigill, Cumbria


• BIG: 36km, 1260m ascent/descent

• BIGGER: 44km, 1285m ascent/descent

• BIGGEST: 65km, 2175m ascent/descent


Further details and GPX route files will be available closer to the date, but in the meantime why not check out our website: 

or follow our facebook page for the latest updates:

or jump straight in and enter via the British Cycling website:

Comments (11)

  1. For the record, this is a fundraiser for the Tyne Valley MTB club. All money raised is going into trail and access development.

  2. Trying to round up a few mates for this. I’ve been wanting to do the ride over Cross Fell for ages and I’m guessing that’s exactly where this is going.

  3. Yep, although not over the very top as its a footpath and the northern side isn’t suitable for a few hundred bikes.
    The route does use all the other ways of crossing the Pennine Ridge, including some paths that aren’t normally open to bikes.

  4. Do you know when the GPXs will be available? Will it be along the lines of out to Blencarn and then back via Tyne Head on the 44k one.

  5. GPX Will be published a week before. Final decision on some bits will be due to ground conditions which are obviously weather dependant.
    You’ve got the rough route for the 44km, but its the other way around using some not-normally available paths below Silverband.

  6. Oh no I have just realised I misread the measurements for the clmbing, its in metres not feet! Oh dear my training needs to be upped a bit! %(

  7. Shame its not on a Sunday 🙁

  8. Note: online entry is now closed, but there’s plenty of spare spaces if you turn up on the day.

  9. 🙁 really wanted to this one, but my work schedule has me flying home from Angola the day before after 4 weeks offshore. Won’t be in the best of shape, and Mrs Seadog and the mini seadogs might not appreciate my absence that day.

  10. I’m in always wanted to try the trails here

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