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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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Lower Wharfedale

Lower Wharfedale

555metres
30km
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This route explores the delights of lower Wharfedale. There are no big climbs although there are plenty of small ones. Shorter variations are possible: 5.5 miles (9km) by turning back at Burnsall, or 12 miles (20km) by turning at Barden. The route back is on a slightly busier road so you may prefer to simply retrace your route.

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Into Dentdale

Into Dentdale

498metres
30km
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This gentle ride takes you up the lovely valley of Dentdale, along quiet country roads.

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The Howgills

The Howgills

521metres
23km
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A challenging ride through a quiet corner of the Dales, taking you along the side of the Howgills and past Holme Open Farm. You also pass Fox’s Pulpit where George Fox, a Quaker, preached in the open air to over a 1000 people in 1652.

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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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Upper Wharfedale

Upper Wharfedale

414metres
45km
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This is a lovely route exploring Upper Wharfedale and Littondale and has no big climbs on it. You can do shorter variations such as a return trip to Kilnsey (6.5 miles, 11km), or to Kettlewell (12 miles, 20km). Although an out and back ride, the change in views and scenery means that the return journey is never dull.

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Kidstones Pass

Kidstones Pass

492metres
40km
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This is a chance to follow the route of the 2014 Tour de France and take on the first King of the Mountains climb – the Cote de Cray, or Kidstones Pass as it always used to be called.

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Etape du dales

Etape du dales

3165metres
176km
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The Etape du Dales is a cyclosportive event held each May. This is a long route involving seven main challenging climbs and descents. Make sure you and your bike are prepared for a long day out.

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