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Sharing the same first half as the short route, our long route is more testing than years gone by so set of early and plan a long day out. We start with a pleasant ride to Burton-In-Lonsdale, Tunstall, Barbon and Dent – where you will find our food stop.
From here things get serious! After re-fuelling the route takes you up a sharp ascent to Newby Head and then on to Ribblehead. At the viaduct the long route parts with the short and we turn left heading through Horton-in-Ribblesdale a rolling descent gets the legs spinning down the valley to the lovely market town of Settle.
We meander through the town crossing the A65 and heading towards Rathmell and Tosside following undulating country roads before turning right to pass through Gisburn forest. Skirting the edge of the forest and Stocks Reservoir with tired legs now comes the sting – you will climb (13%) up over Keasden moor enjoying some amazingly stunning views – well worth a pause at the top for some photos. You’ve earned the descent so enjoy it! The moor road has a proper middle of know where feel to it as we head towards Bentham, the back roads and Escape Bike Shop. Phew, made it! Have a rest and an Escape to the ‘ales beer!