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Gargrave circular via Halton Gill Road biking

A circular route leaving from Gargrave (can be tweaked to leave from Skipton). Makes for a nice day out with some dramatic scenery passing through gritstone and limestone country.
There is normally free parking on the road available at the start of the route but for those wishing to change into their best lycra it might be more appropriate to park a little further from the A65, out of view of houses. The route is mainly on quiet country roads but utilises the A65 on the way back. A short diversion can be made through Otterburn between Hellifield and Coniston Cold for those wishing to avoid traffic as much as possible. An even longer diversion could be made to avoid the A65 completely, taking the road from Settle to Airton and thus back to Gargrave. However, this would involve adding a significant amount of ascent to the route! The route is generally pleasantly undulating on valley roads but involves one steep climb up onto the moor at Halton Gill. There is invariably a headwind on the moor (no matter what direction you ride in!) and you can expect to feel the cold. A water and windproof layer is essential.

Upper Wharfedale  © Will Hunt
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SD9344854432 From Gargrave take the road towards Grassington. Be careful early on to turn off towards Flasby and not continue into Eshton. This is well signposted. At Threshfield avoid Grassington itself and take the B6160 towards Kilnsey. Pass under the very impressive Kilnsey Crag and shortly after turn left where the road forks towards Arncliffe.

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SD9712368982 Continue down Littondale to reach Arncliffe.

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SD9323871779 On arriving at Arncliffe, follow the road to the right (well signposted to Litton and Halton Gill). Cross the bridge and follow the road leftwards towards Litton.

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SD8806976384 Arriving at Halton Gill turn left and cross a small bridge. This begins the rides only significant climb. Plug away upwards and enjoy the undulating moortop until the steep descent into Stainforth. Be careful on the descent as it is steep. Throughout this section of the ride the road is interspersed with cattle grids, though these are signposted with enough warning to dismount if you need to.

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SD8214667102 Join the B6479 at Stainforth and follow this to Settle. Ride carefully through traffic in Settle and follow signs towards the A65.

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SD8126861865 Join the A65 and follow it to Gargrave.

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SD9344854421 Leave the A65 at Gargrave (signposted to Malham and Grassington). Do another lap if you're not tired yet!

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