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Day 5: Kirkby Stephen to Haltwhistle - Great North Trail

Day 5: Kirkby Stephen to Haltwhistle - Great North Trail

Difficult
06:46
57.3 mi
8.5 mph
3,750 ft
3,925 ft
Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

Tour Overview

Starting Point
23.1 mi
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The Post Box Pantry

Road Cycling Highlight

27.9 mi
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Great Dun Fell climb

Road Cycling Highlight

57.3 mi
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Centre of Britain - Haltwhistle

Bike Touring Highlight

Map

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Tour Profile

Waytypes

Singletrack: 9.53 mi
Path: 6.30 mi
Cycleway: 12.0 mi
Street: 1.01 mi
Road: 27.1 mi
State Road: 1.41 mi

Surfaces

Unpaved: 10.3 mi
Gravel: 3.55 mi
Paved: 30.5 mi
Asphalt: 9.77 mi
Unknown: 3.21 mi

Weather Forecast

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Katherine Moore planned a mountain bike ride.

January 6, 2020

Comments

  • Katherine Moore

    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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Day 5: Kirkby Stephen to Haltwhistle - Great North Trail