To download the route click on the link – Escape to the Dales Long Route
Sharing the same first half as the short route, our longer (65-70mile) route is a pleasant loop around Ingleborough to the Ribblehead viaduct, continuing up towards Newby Head before descending to Dentdale for refreshments. Once re-fueled we return via Sedbergh, Devil’s Bridge and a brief foray down the Lune Valley and back roads to Escape Bike Shop. The key on these fast rolling roads is to not go too hard as later in the day the miles will take their toll…
Leaving Escape Bike Shop we begin briefly on the A65 turning up Westgate Lane to clear the main road and make our way towards Ingeton village with it’s famous waterfalls and caves.
Leaving the village on Clapham Old Road we enjoy some quiet miles with views towards the south and Keasden moor. Meandering through Clapham we pick up the back roads through the villages of Austwick and Wharfe before heading to Horton-in-Ribblesdale as we begin gaining height towards the Ribblehead Viaduct.
A clear day will reward us with views a-plenty, the Ribblesdale valley, Pen-y-ghent and as we near the viaduct, Whernside makes a lovely backdrop to the viaduct itself.
We continue climbing steadily towards Newby Head before a short, sharp descent and a scenic roll down to the pretty village of Dent for the refreshment stop.
From here we head towards Sedbergh, along Dentdale, possibly the finest of the Cumbrian Dales, full of beauty and plenty of history. We skirt around the market town of Sedbergh and turn south towards Kirkby Lonsdale and Devil’s Bridge.
The trip to Kirkby is on fast flowing roads following the River Lune, this curvy, undulating road is a motor-biker’s favourite so caution is needed here!
Once passed the famous Devil’s Bridge, we cross the A65 for some pleasant easy miles through Tunstall and Burton-in-Lonsdale before returning back to the shop and the finish.