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MTB Touching 4 Dales alternative route.

Today took a longish ride from Hawes which touched on Wensleydale, Widdale, Dentdale and Garsdale. Its a variation of a ride posted sometime ago, a bit shorter by taking the direct route onto the Cam Road rather than going via the Roman Road above Butersett.

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Distance: 21.5 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.

The only changes to this route from the original route (MTB Touching 4 Dales) is the first part of the ride from Hawes.

Starting from Hawes, for example in the National Parks Car Park near Stage1Cycles. Turn right on to the one way system in Hawes and head on the road towards Ingleton. This is signposted at the top of the Town just past the petrol station, heading left up the hill past the Youth Hostel. After about half to three quarters of a mile head left pretty much at the top of the hill and take the unsignposted bridleway, a rough track going up the hill.

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Snowy Ride above Hawes

A quick ride in the recent snow. I took a quick ride in the sun up above Hawes on the Cam High Road, with my Fat Bike. I was going to ride around the front of Yorburgh and descend into Burtersett, but the snow was just too deep and powdery. So I just descended back along the Cam High Road, which in inself was great fun.

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To the Cam High Road and Snaizeholme

Route Distance: Approx 17 miles
Rating: Medium with Long Climbs and 2 long descents
Time: 2.5 Hours

Took a ride from Hawes up to Cam Top via the bridleway alongside Snaizeholme (actually part of the Pennine Way for the top section), then dropped down the gravelly descent to the head of Widdale before climbing up top the top of Arten Gill Moss, before the descent into Widdale and back to Hawes.

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MTB Up and around Greets

Yesterday I took another ride from Hawes to the Moors above Askrigg and around Woodhall Greets.

The ride takes in a fair percentage of road work including one steep climb up alongside Arn Gill, but it all pays off with some great views looking down Wensleydale and a long descent towards Woodhall. After all what goes up must come down.

Distance: 18 miles
Time: Approx 2.5 hours
Long Step climb on the road above Askrigg and then a great offroad descent towards Woodhall

From Stage1cycles in Hawes come out of the car park and turn left towards Bainbridge (A684). Bainbridge is approximately 4 miles, in Bainbridge at the T-Junction turn left towards Askrigg. Right at the next junction then on a miles or so to Askrigg. Head up the hill in Askrigg and then take the turn to the left on the tight right bend. From here the road begins a long steep climb bearing right at the next junction and keeps climbing before a small welcome bit of downhill on the road. Then its back to climbing for another couple of miles.

As the road nears the top of the hill look out for a Bridleway sign on the right-hand side of the road. Stop here and catch your breath, now for some off road through the peat and heather.

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