Distance: Approx 24 miles
Time: About 3.5 Hours
Some good climbing and two long descents. Bridleway disappears at one point.
Make sure you have a Map, Compass or a good GPS with map.
The loop I did, started from Hawes and headed out of Town on the Sedbergh road past Cotterdale, before turning right towards Kirby Stephen at the Moorcock Inn. Then after a couple of miles riding along side the railway line, turning off the road at Shaw Paddock Farm following the bridleway, it’s just before the road goes under the railway line.
Follow the track as it climbs uptowards Helgill, through the gates and along the grassy track to the Water Sculpture at the top of Mallerstang.
From here I headed to the railway bridge and the main road, as the track up to Helgill and the Lady Ann Highway from here is a Public Footpath and NOT a Bridleway so no bikes but you could walk the last bit if you wanted. Anyway along the road and then under the railway line at Shaw Paddock Farm again turn up the same track. This time before getting to Helgill tunr back on yourself (right) to the Lady Ann Highway heading back to Cotterdale and Hawes.
The bridle way has some good fast sections and one trick little climb up a narrow stony section, which some far I`ve never managed to climb (although good to decend in the other direction), along the track are some good water spashes and some great views. Eventually you come to the end of the climbing at the end of Cotterdale before a nice fast descent back to the road. Just watch ahead for hikers and other bikers coming up!
Then its back onto the road and where ever you have left the car.