Today took a longish ride from Hawes which touched on Wensleydale, Widdale, Dentdale and Garsdale.
Distance: 25 miles
Time: 3 hours
Mainly off road, some tough climbs made up for by a great off-road descent to Newby Head and a steep drop down to Garsdale Station on the Coal Road.
From Hawes ride towards Bainbridge on the A684 then after about a mile trun up to Burtersett. Follow the road up through the Village aand after another mile of climbing, you come to a “crossroads” where the bridleway crosses the road, it on the corner and you can`t really miss it. Turn right and continue climbing. This track climbs for over a mile, keep going through to 2 gates before a flat section and then a descent down to the Beggermans Road, near to Fleet Moss. Follow this road for about 3/4 mile and take the single track road to the right signposted to Cam. This single track tarmac road carries on for about 2.5 miles. Once at the top follow the road to the left past the bridleway, don`t take this bridleway turning back to Hawes and Snaizeholme. After another 1/4 mile you come to set of gates and a cattle grid. Just before this is a field gate and a signposted Bridleway to the right Newby Head Road 2.5 miles. Go through the gate and follow the track across the top of the Fells, the track starts to become gravelled. You start to descend and pass though a small gate.
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Took a long ride taking in Upper Wensleydale and a small part of Swaledale today.
Distance: 28 miles
Time: 4.0 Hours
Mainly off road, some tough climbs made up for by a couple of great descents.
Starting from Hawes I took the main road to Bainbridge and then across the valley to Askrigg, through the village and up to Nappa, the turn is signposted Napp Scar and climb the No-Through Road up towards the house at the top, where it Continue reading →
Long hardpack climbs, good grassy descents.
Time: about 2hours
Took a ride this morning from Hawes, up the old Roman Road above Burtersett, a long section of wide hardpack bridleway, about 4 miles off-road before joining the main Beggermans Road for a half mile, then took the tarmac singletrack road to Cam Farm through the gate for about 2 miles. Then bearing right at the Bridleway sign, after the gate, back towards to Snaizholme, this skirts along Continue reading →
Just a few more general photos taken whilst out Mountain Biking around Wensleydale and area at the end of February and into March. Quite a mixture of riding, snow and ice, claggy mud, sunshine and mist!
Some taken on my usual short loops above Burtersett and then then sunnier looking ones on a loop from Hawes over to Stalling Busk and round the Stake Road to Carpley Green. One very muddy ride.