Gargrave short circuitThis is a relatively short route with no big climbs, which takes you from the small town of Gargrave up into the southern Yorkshire Dales. The roads have little traffic, and there are great views of Flasby and Barden Moors. Gargrave has the well known cyclists’ café called the Dalesman, and at Hetton is the Angel Inn which is famous for its food.
Gargrave is a great starting point with a train station and a number of free car parks. There are toilets, cafes and a small supermarket to make sure you are ready to go. There is also the Leeds to Liverpool canal and it is worth having a look to see if anyone is going through the lock. There is also a bike mechanic and specialist tandem bike shop tucked away near the canal.
The route takes you on a quiet exploration of the southern part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. There is quiet roads, great scenery and some stunning stone built villages and impressive buildings on route. Hetton makes a good breaking point on the route with the Angel Inn being famous as one of the original gastro pubs.
If available, the 'GPX' (or GPS Exchange format) files for each route are text files that can be read by GPS devices as a series of waypoints along each route.