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MTB – Hawes – Newby Head Loop

Route Distance: Approx 18 miles
Rating: Medium with Long Climbs and 2 long descentsGPX-50(1)
Time: 2.15 Hours

This Route is an 18 mile loop from Hawes that starts on the Road to Burtersett and climbs up to the Roman Road Bridleway. Turning right on to the Bridleway there is a long climb of about 2 miles to the top of the fell. Then at the top theres a gentle descent to the Cam Road or Beggermans, the route follows the road for about half a mile before heading right toward Cam Top along a gated single track road for about 3 miles.

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After these 3 miles after going through a gate theres a sign post for the Bridleways follow the one towards Ribble Head and then just before going through the next gate, take the bridleway signposted to the Newby Head Road 2.5 miles through the gate and follow the grassy track across the fell top, the track eventually becomes stoney/gritty and after passing through a small gate there is a superb 2 mile sweeping downhill section, although watch out for the couple on short climbs. This takes you down to Newby Head and the main A684 Road. From here the route takes the road almost all the way back to Hawes. about a mile from Hawes the route takes the small single track side road towards Appersett and then turns on to the Bridleway at the sharp bend (to miss out the long climb on the main A684). This bit of Bridleway is through a field and can be very muddy and boggy, but has great view looking down Wensleydale, so if its been very wet take the road back to Hawes.

This video using a handlebar mounted GoPro shows most of the turns on the route and takes in the descent down to Newby Head in full.

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