If you’re unfamiliar with the area, here are some rides to try.
The “spare time before breakfast” ride:
Pro: 15 minutes. Sport rider: 17 minutes. Casual rider 25 minutes.
Leave Sedbergh on the A683 to Kirkby Lonsdale (the other KL!) and turn right after 1.4 miles onto a narrow but very pretty road. After about half a mile turn right at a T-junction onto the B6256 and cross the river Lune before climbing slightly to the T-junction with the A684 at the ‘Black Horse’. Turn right and follow this road back over the Lune and into Sedbergh.
Dentdale and back:
16 miles (pro 50 minutes, sport 60 minutes, casual 75 minutes).
Leave Sedbergh on the unnumbered road towards Dent. Cross the River Rawthey and continue to follow the road for 4.5 miles. You will be riding with the River Dee to your right. Immediately before the road
crosses the Dee, turn left onto a very narrow and often bumpy road for about a mile. At the next T- junction turn left then continue for 3 miles to turn right over the Dee on a narrow bridge and onto another lovely lane back to the village of Dent. Batter over the cobbles of Dent keeping left as you do, and continue out of the village to return to Sedbergh.
For those with MTBs or trail type tyres there is a small road through Gawthrop (left ~2/3 mile after you leave Dent) that stays on the left bank of the Dee until you reach Rash bridge after 3 miles. Recross here and turn left at the T-junction to return to Sedbergh.
Lunedale and Barbondale:
20 miles (pro 60 minutes, sport 75 minutes, casual two hours).
Leave Sedbergh on the A684 turning left after Close’s garage onto the A683 towards Kirkby Lonsdale. After about 8 miles turn left into Barbon village and climb out of the village up a steep but short hill into Barbondale. The road rises steadily but easily to a col above Gawthrop where a very steep descent takes you down to Gawthrop. Turn right here towards Dent then left in Dent to return to Sedbergh. Alternatively follow the options in Dentdale and back (see above).
Round the Howgills.
About 30 miles depending on route choices. (Pro ~90 minutes, sport ~2 hours, casual three hours).
This route can be ridden clock or anticlockwise: Sedbergh to Ravenstonedale, then Newbiggin on Lune, Kelleth, Gaisgill, Cocklake and Tebay. Then either the A685 and B6257 via Firbank and left on the A684 to Lincoln’s Inn bridge and home or the unnumbered road (cycle route 68) from the A685 via Borrowbridge and Carlingill along Howgill lane to Howgill and back into the top end of Sedbergh.
Also ~30 miles.
Take the Garsdale road to Garsdale head and turn left at the Moorcock Inn. Follow this road until you reach Outhgill and Pendragon castle. Turn left here up the steep and narrow Tommy road to emerge after 2.5 miles onto the A683 where its a lovely mainly downhill ride home.
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