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MTB – Hawes Widdale Loop

Route Distance: Approx 17 miles
Rating: Medium with Long Climbs and 2 long descentsGPX-50(1)
Time: 2.5 Hours

Hawes Widdle via Snaizeholme LoopThis Loop takes you up out of Hawes along the Ingleton Road, then after about a mile you take the unmetalled road to the left which spurs off from the corner on the main road. there follows a pretty steep climb up the track, which then levels out along awhat can be a muddy section. Then after going through a gate you start another climb up a very rock track, one I must say I always end up carrying my bike up. One down there is  long upto 5 mile section that follows round the side of Dodd Fell above Snaizeholme to Cam Top. Some great riding and views.

From Cam you head towards Inglebrough for a quater mile and just before the gate across the road take the Bridleway to your right through into the fields across the fell top signposted to Newby Head Road 2.5 Miles. What follows is a brilliant section of sweeping downhill along a cinder track, until you join the main road at Newby Head. Video of descent in this previous post.

Take the road to Dent for about a quarter of a mile and then take the bridleway to the right that goes straight up the hill, quite a long hard climb but worth it for the views down Widdale from the top. Follow the track around to a junction of 4 tracks and bear right towards Widdale. what follows is a real mix of good track downhill and some really rocky sections that me and my bike are incapable of riding so its another bit of a walk in sections.

Note: Since this post was written the descent into Widdale has been worked on by the National Parks and now has a rideable section but its still pretty steep and loose.

The track winds through some forestry at the bottom before taking the main road back to Hawes.

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