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Gargrave short circuit

Gargrave short circuit

176metres
14km
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This is a relatively short route with no big climbs, which takes you from the small town of Gargrave up into the southern Yorkshire Dales. The roads have little traffic, and there are great views of Flasby and Barden Moors. Gargrave has the well known cyclists’ café called the Dalesman, and at Hetton is the Angel Inn which is famous for its food.

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Ilkley to Bolton Abbey

Ilkley to Bolton Abbey

109metres
10km
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The back road from Ilkley to Bolton Abbey is one of the most popular routes for cyclists in this area. this description just takes you through to Bolton Abbey but there are many continuations from there going further up Wharfedale or over to Embsay and Skipton.

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Malham Tarn

Malham Tarn

70metres
7km
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This is a short and fairly level introductory cycle route which goes around the spectacular Malham Tarn. It is half on good stone tracks with the other half following very quiet tarmac roads. There is also the option to try out your mountain biking skills by adding in a section across the grassy limestone terrain.

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Skipton to Bolton Abbey

Skipton to Bolton Abbey

151metres
10km
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This is a great back road route taking you out of Skipton and through great countryside to reach Bolton Abbey. From there you can either return the way you came or follow other routes further up Wharfedale or along to Ilkley.

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Smardale Gill

Smardale Gill

151metres
12km
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This is a lovely short route starting from the lively market town of Kirkby Stephen. For many people the highlight will be locking the bikes up at the entrance to Smardale Gill and taking a walk through the nature reserve on the old railway line as far as the impressive 14 arch viaduct.

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Swale Trail

Swale Trail

453metres
21km
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The recently opened Swale Trail stretches from Keld to Reeth – a distance of 12 miles (20km) – taking you on a low level journey along the valley on tracks and quiet country lanes. Between Reeth and Gunnerside this is an easy mountain bike trail which is mainly traffic free. Along the way are a few climbs, lots of stone tracks and very quiet roads. From Gunnerside to Keld is a bit tougher with a couple of harder climbs, but with stunning views and a more remote feel.

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