Bike Touring Highlight
Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)
Includes segments in which cycling is forbidden
You will have to dismount and push your bike.
Katherine Moore planned a mountain bike ride.
April 5, 2020
Stage 4 will take you 38.8 miles (62.5 km) from the little village of Great Asby in Cumbria to the south-east, finishing in Reeth at the other side of the Yorkshire Dales.After a small climb out of Great Asby to warm the legs, the first part of the stage is fairly flat, taking lanes to the town of Kirkby Stephen via Soulby. You’ll only start to climb after you’ve passed through the next quaint village of Winton as you approach the Yorkshire Dales National Park, joining the singletrack from Mossmire Hill to ride alongside the River Belah. You’ll return to the road pretty soon on Burras Brow, reaching the summit of your first climb of the day at the historic Tan Hill Inn, which is well worth a look around and pause for something to eat.Descend into Swaledale along the singletrack that runs parallel to this famous road cycling climb, straight down to the River Swale at Keld. Here you’ll join the Swale Trail, a wide, golden gravel path that runs alongside the river, over little bridges and past waterfalls. From Gunnerside Lodge you’ll head down to cross the river, and after a short stretch along the road, take the unpaved Dubbing Garth Lane to continue alongside the water on the opposite side. It’ll now be time for your second major climb of the day. Although shorter, gradients ramp up more steeply for some sections as you make your way up between High Carl and Pickerstone Ridge on a gravel doubletrack. The steepest parts come at the very start, leaving the river, then after a short respite, as you near the summit. Over the top, you join the Apedale Road, a wide gravel road over the moorland surrounded by disused lead mine workings, great holes and disused, crumbling buildings. Enjoy this fast and open descent as you follow Apedale Beck, before turning to the left for more up. This final climb is short as you haven’t yet descended all the way back down to river level, up to the summit of Greets Hill. Road cyclists will know the climb well, but here you’ll be on a bridleway doubletrack rather than smooth tarmac. The descent that comes next is a corker, first down to the road on this open and breathtakingly beautiful trail. You’ll finish the stage on the road, taking Hargill Lane straight down into the valley below you. Crossing the River Swale at Grinton, it’s a short pedal to Reeth, a characteristic Dales village with ample places to stay and enjoy a pie and ale!
April 8, 2020