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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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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 – 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 isĀ  long upto 5 mile section that follows round the side of Dodd Fell above Snaizeholme to Cam Top. Some great riding and views.

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