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Swaledale Circular

An easy route for navigation! This route follows the undulating road up the lovely valley of Swaledale, and then climbs to the highest pub in the land at Tan Hill. From here the route back to Reeth is a classic – a quiet road through beautiful scenery which can seem virtually downhill all the way if the wind is behind you (which it usually is).
Route Start

Route Info

This route starts at the village of Reeth in Swaledale which has a good range of accommodation, shops, cafes and pubs. There is also the Dales Bike Centre which can hire you a bike, carry out repairs and sort you out with spares. The route is simple – cycle from Reeth up the valley through stunning scenery and a series of lovely villages. There is then a right turn beyond Keld which takes you high up on to the moor to reach the isolated Tan Hill Inn – the highest pub in Britain.

After that the only way is down and it is a long steady descent virtually all the way back to Reeth.

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Road riding in Swaledale
DL11 6SZ
SE 038 992
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