Stage 6: Laneshaw Bridge to Stainforth — ORTLIEB Escape Routes UK
Includes a segment in which cycling is forbidden
You will have to dismount and push your bike.
255 yd in total
Includes a very steep uphill segment
You may need to push your bike.
353 yd in total
Bike Touring Highlight
Mountain Biking Highlight
ORTLIEB waterproof planned a gravel ride.
April 16, 2021
This penultimate stage takes you to the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, leaving Lancashire’s scenic moorland behind in favour of Three Peaks CX territory - a world renowned cyclo-cross race that takes part annually in this area.
Start your day with a climb around Kelbrook Moor on a combination of doubletrack, lanes and singletrack. Descend the trail into Sough and ride on to cross the Leeds and Liverpool Canal on the edge of Barnoldswick.
Take the doubletrack climb up Weets Hill, peaking at 1,200 feet (364m), and instantly descend along the doubletrack onto lanes and trails that circle around the pretty little town of Gisburn. Enjoy a flatter section of the Pennine Bridleway for a while now, following the beautiful River Ribble through the valley on a mix of bridleways and quiet country lanes.
Long Preston is a gateway village to the Yorkshire Dales, and from here you will skirt the Western edge of the Dales for the second half of the stage: not so flat anymore! Climb up Edge Lane onto Mitchell Lane, all paved roads, before descending sharply into Settle. There’s plenty to do and see in this small North Yorkshire market town so make the most of your visit. Why not try some Parkin cake with a cup of Yorkshire tea in the Three Peaks Cycle Cafe?
Heading on North, climb sharply up the hillside on singletrack this time, joining the road up out of Langcliffe. Turn left at the summit by the Langcliffe Scar car park, to the end of the lane where it turns to double track here. If you fancy it, take a short detour off the main trail to check out the waterfall at Catrigg Force.
This stage ends in Stainforth, where there are a couple of guesthouses, a bunkhouse and nearby camping. For more options, cut the stage a little short to finish in the larger town of Settle.