Tan Hill ToughieCan’t hide the fact that this is tough but likewise the beauty and charms are equally blatant. Lots of climbing as you visit some of the more remote areas of the Dales and the highest pub in England!
This is a tough road ride starting in Hawes where there is a good range of accommodation, cafes, shops and attractions. Based at the Dales Countryside Museum site is Stage 1 Cycles and the Firebox Café if you are in need of spares or bike hire.
An undulating road leads from Hawes to the Moorcock Inn – although this is an A road it is actually lightly trafficked. A lovely section of easy riding takes you along Mallerstang with Wild Boar Fell dominating the sky line. You then reach the great little market town of Kirkby Stephen and a chance to refuel before the riding gets tougher. You pick up signed cycle routes out of town which take you steadily up to Tan Hill Inn – the highest pub in Britain.
A great long descent takes you down to Reeth and a final chance for cake and coffee before taking on the climb over Askrigg Moor. A technical drop back down in to Wensleydale and then a final warm down back to Hawes.
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.