MTB: Hawes – Circuit of Dodd FellA quiet back road down to Bainbridge gives your legs a chance to warm up before arriving at the Roman road. This is a classic Dales rocky track climbing up onto Wether Fell at a gradient that means you can cycle the lot. A short section of tarmac and then its a more technical descent back down to Hawes.
Hawes in Wensleydale is a great base to start rides from – with good accommodation, shops, cafes and attractions. There is Stage 1 Cycles for bike hire and repair based in the Firebox café and good car parking available. This route breaks into three parts. The first is a road warm up down the valley to Bainbridge. After the village you pick up the roman road, this is a Dales classic – a stone track heading straight up the hillside. It is a long steady climb but all doable. You pop out at the top of Fleet Moss, turn on to the road and then off it again.
A very quiet section of tarmac gives a welcome respite through to a track junction. You now leave the roman route and turn right down West Cam road. This track contours the hillside before starting to drop. A technical section takes you down a rock step and boulder strewn track before things become easier. A fast final section spills you out onto the road – so take care here. Then it is a freewheel back to town.
Climbs on route:
Cam High Rd Climb, W Cam Rd Climb, Cam high road climb to gate, Cam High Rd -CAT 2, Cam high road stage 1, Cam high road climb
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.