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Sneaton High Moor is a cocktail of exhilaration and frustration in equal amounts. But nobody said that mtb’ing should be easy. The climb onto it starts, like so many North York Moors routes, with a sandy duplex trail that cuts a deep enough rut to be challenging, yet offers plenty of get-out clauses for those that are looking for an easy life. The pull up to the trig is, on the whole, rideable, and there are a few sections that are excellent — especially in late summer when the heather’s in full bloom.
Enjoy the views across Robin Hood’s Bay — imagine how good that would be at the end of the coast to coast! Then prepare for battle with more rutted singletrack/doubletrack — this section is a little worse for wear, courtesy of our motorised brethren.
And then suddenly it vanishes. And you’re left in the middle of the moor with no trail at all. Fear not, you’re not lost, a compass or GPS will point you in the right direction. Or you can just follow your nose — it’ll only take you about 15 minutes to be back on better going.
Farm tracks lead down to Ramsdale Mill. Wow — what a spot! And the drive makes easy work of the climb out again. There’s a smidgen more magical vanishing moorland track if you cut the corner over Graystone Hills, but this one only needs a few more tyretracks it to make it eminently rideable; and then it’s a steep drop down Falling Foss — a huge waterfall and popular local beauty spot. The climb out is easy enough, with farm tracks providing a decent surface. And these deliver you back onto the open moor again, where singletrack — fortunately, this time, not vandalised by motorbikes — weaves you sweetly back around to join the outward track.