Just done a shortened version of the Wensleydale Loop that I did last year. Didn`t have the time or to be honest the fitness to do it again particularly not with the winds we are getting at the moment.
Anyway a good 50% of the ride is on the road. Distance approx 25 miles.
Starting in Hawes rode towards Aysgarth and just before the climb up to the village there`s a foot bridge over the river, take that then head right on the road when you join it to Carperby. Just before the village turn right then first left and follw the single track road until the Bridleway sign and follw this through the fields, under the old railway bridge and then through a narrow path in some trees, this whole section can be very muddy and wet. Then back out onto the road and turn back left towards the unmissable Castle Bolton, up the steep hill.
Then round the back of the castle take the bridleway and follow it all the way to Askrigg, some superb views up Wensleydale. Then down to the road again and back to Hawes.