This ride is a great day out. It crosses the Yorkshire Dales from south to north, then hitches a ride on the Carlisle - Settle railway to return.
The Pennine Bridleway now stretches almost uninterrupted between the Peak District and Cumbria. The northern section, which involves miles of brand new or improved bridleway, has been in place for some time, but only officially open since June 2012. As such, it still does not appear in full on OS maps. However, it's certainly ready to ride, and a fantastic day out, passing some of the best scenery the Dales has to offer. This route follows the majority of the northern section, with two notable exceptions - it misses out a short loop taking in Feizor and Long Lane near Clapham, and heads straight for Kirkby Stephen rather than including a final climb over the back of Wild Boar Fell. Both of these are worthwhile alternatives, though they add extra mileage and climbing to the total. Even hardier souls may also wish to include the brilliant Settle Loop at the start, although this knocks the total past the 50 mile mark and adds a significant amount of ascent.
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Distance: 41.42 miles (66.66 km)
Total ascent: 1,516m
Steepest Gradient: 17% (1 in 6)
Time: 5 – 9 hours (Mountain biking)
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Additional InformationStart Settle, North Yorkshire, SD816634; Finish Kirkby Stephen Railway Station, Cumbria, NY762067
Settle or Kirkby Stephen
Mostly good tracks, with short road sections.
Some sections more difficult following wet weather, particularly grass bridleways. The route climbs to approximately 1,900 feet, so weather can be challenging.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Peak District & Yorkshire Dales – Met Office: Yorkshire Dales
The route weaves in and out of the Carlisle Settle railway, offering not only a return via Kirkby Stephen, but also a number of 'bail-out' stations along the route, should the need arise. Just make sure that you check the timetable - it's not that frequent a service, even on weekdays.
Ordnance Survey: OL2 and OL19 http://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/penninebridleway/
OS Explorer OL2 (1:25,000), OS Explorer OL19 (1:25,000), OS Explorer OL41 (1:25,000), OS Landranger 98 (1:50,000), OS Landranger 92 (1:50,000), OS Landranger 91 (1:50,000) Directory Listings:
Find more Listings near this route Tourist info:
Settle (01729 825192); Malham (01969 652380); Horton-in-Ribblesdale (01729 860333)