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.
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.Continue reading