Day 5: Kirkby Stephen to Haltwhistle - Great North Trail
Road Cycling Highlight
Bike Touring Highlight
Katherine Moore planned a mountain bike ride.
January 6, 2020
Leave the Pennine Bridleway behind you now as you continue North, now with less help on navigation from the signposts! On this fifth day of 16 you’ll pass through the county of Cumbria, climbing the mighty Great Dun Fell up onto the Northern tip of the Pennine Hills and onwards North to the lovely town of Haltwhistle, covering 58 miles (92km) in total. This might sound like a lot, but there are some brilliantly easy paved cycleways that tend gently downhill in the second half of the day.
Follow quiet lanes heading North West through Appleby-in-Westmorland, along the flat valley as you see the Lake District rise to your left and the Pennines on your right. After a stop at the Post Box Pantry cafe in Dufton take on the beast that is Great Dun Fell - you’ll soon see why this is often rated as the hardest road climb in England!
Thankfully from here it’s nearly all plain sailing to Haltwhistle, descending to Garrigill and Alston before talking the old railway line cycle path gently downhill for the remainder.
January 8, 2020
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