Settle CircularA classic circuit around the limestone country crossing dramatically-shaped valleys and passing through the best-known villages in the southern Dales. There is a stiff climb out of Stainforth, with easier riding following and a final gentler climb from Airton before a dramatic descent back to Settle.
One of the classic road rides of the Yorkshire Dales – two great climbs, stunning limestone scenery and plenty of cafes. A back road from Settle takes you to Little Stainforth and a crossing over the River Ribble using an old packhorse bridge. From Stainforth you take on the first big climb which takes you up to Dale Head with great views of Pen-y-Ghent. You then follow a stunning road along the side of Halton Gill before dropping to the valley.
A favourite road takes you on an easy run down Littondale to reach Wharfedale at the stunning Kilnsey Crag. Over to Conistone and then more easy riding to the vibrant small town of Grassington. Great riding continues through the southern Dales to reach Airton. From here it is a long, but gentle climb, up on to a great open road passing Attermire Scar. The final drop into Settle is steep and technical and delivers straight into the market square.
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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.