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Into Wharfedale

This route takes you quickly away from Skipton and heads to Bolton Abbey in Wharfedale. It takes the quiet road up the east side of the valley up to Grassington before heading back, with the one big climb saved until close to the end. You then get a fast run down back into Skipton.
Route Start

Route Info

The route starts in Skipton – a well known large market town with its many attractions. This is quickly left behind and a quiet road takes you from Embsay to the well known Bolton Abbey. From here we follow the east side of the valley through Appletreewick and Hebden to reach Grassington. Plenty of café opportunities on route.

The return leg takes you through another lovely village – Burnsall – with pub, café and famous bridge. A rolling road continues along the valley before a right turn takes you on to the big climb of the day over Embsay Moor. Admire the view from the top and then enjoy a great descent back to Skipton.

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Meeting the locals
BD23 1AW
SD 9904 5188
  • Alternative starts:

    Burnsall, Grassington


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