To download the route – follow this link – Escape to the Dales Short Route
Starting as usual from Escape Bike Shop, our short route for 2019 takes you along the back roads to Burton In Lonsdale, to Tunstall and the beautiful village of Barbon – famous for Church Mouse Cheeses and very cycle friendly.
From here the route takes you up Barbondale a truly stunning valley and local favourite for it’s rolling gradient and beautiful views, before dropping steeply down into Dent where the food stop can be found at the village hall.
Suitably refreshed and rested the ride from Dent follows the peaceful River Dee along the dale before the climb takes you up to Newby Head – this is pretty steep so don’t be afraid to get off and walk – you won’t be the first! Turning right at Newby head we join the main road to the Ribblehead viaduct where the views are truly stunning.
From Ribblehead we continue down to Chapel le Dale and a lovely quiet back road down towards Ingleton with views of both Ingleborough and the slopes of Whernside en-route. A fast, twisty descent drops us into Ingleton where we turn right and head back towards Escape Bike Shop passing the enticing beer garden at the Marton Arms before ambling through the back lanes on our return to the shop.