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Stage 2: From Clapham to Hetton – the Way of the Roses

20.8 mi
8.8 mph
1,750 ft
1,650 ft
Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The starting point of the Tour is right next to a parking lot.

Tour Overview

National Park Car Park

3.06 mi

Yorkshire Dales Falconry Centre

Bike Touring Highlight

3.84 mi


Bike Touring Highlight

7.35 mi

Stainforth Force

Hiking Highlight

17.2 mi

The Yorkshire Dales

Bike Touring Highlight

20.8 mi

The Angel Inn


Tour Profile


Singletrack: 0.88 mi
Path: 0.78 mi
Street: 208 yd
Road: 16.9 mi
State Road: 2.12 mi


Unpaved: 1.52 mi
Paved: 8.35 mi
Asphalt: 10.8 mi
Unknown: 343 yd

Weather Forecast

komoot planned a bike ride.

June 4, 2019


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    Leading 20 miles (33.5 km) through the picturesque Yorkshire Dales, the second route of the Way of the Roses is a pleasant cycle ride through some of the most beautiful countryside in the North of England.

    Your journey begins in Clapham, a pretty Yorkshire Dales village. The route follows a cycle path which runs along the busy A65. However, if you are traveling on a mountain bike, you may prefer to take the notorious cobbled lane which runs through tunnels. You can find this alternative route here: komoot.de/highlight/453517.

    From Clapham, the Way of the Roses continues east, passing over the Austwick Beck, a pretty tributary of the River Lune and Wenning. You will then gradually climb into the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

    With windswept heather moorland, remote valleys, fields lined with dry stone walls, haystacks, gushing waterfalls, and rolling hills, the Yorkshire Dales National Park is frequently quoted as one of the most picturesque areas in the UK. Spread over an area of 1,354 miles² (2,179 km²), the Dales are an incredible place to cycle.

    You will follow the River Ribble as it meanders through the Dales before reaching Settle, a thriving town. Here, you can find many places to enjoy a break such as the award-winning Courtyard Dairy which serves Wensleydale cheese, a local delicacy.

    You will need the extra energy for the next leg of your journey – a 2.5 mile (4 km) climb which is steep and cobbled. Luckily, the road surface improves after half a mile (800 meters).

    The views from the top of the climb and during the downhill section are unforgettable. Here, you will truly appreciate the vast beauty of Yorkshire.

    Finally, you will reach the village of Airton before cycling through green farmland and reaching your last destination for the day, Hetton. A small village built from gray stone, Hetton has various options of places to stay and eat, as well as village shops.

    • June 11, 2019