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.
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