Dales route advice – Kettlewell, Starbotton, Buckden, Litton, Arncliffe
I reckon you are missing the best downs and imho would suggest
out of Kettlewell over to old Cotes then up the road
to Halton gill and over Horsehead for a nice techy decent
then up to the pub at cray for lunch then bridleway to buckden road to starbotton then over cam head for a rocky finish to the ride to kettlewell
thats about 18 miles and 3700 ft acendingPosted 7 years ago
I've been looking at a route for an upcoming trip to the dales. It looks fun on paper, but I'm not sure what it's like on the ground / which way round to do some of the climbs / descents for the most fun.
As it stands, the plan is to start in Kettlewell & climb to Cam Head, then descend to Starbotton, up the road to Buckden, over Firth Fell to Litton, along the road to Arncliffe, over Old Cote Moor to either a) drop through the woods to Starbotton & back along the road to Kettlewell, or b) descend directly to Kettlewell.
Has anyone ridden any of this? What's it like? Do you have any pics of the trails?Posted 7 years ago
A few pics of the route.
Kettlewell to Cam End
It's all downhill to Starbottom – very fast lane.
Keep going to ridgeline and Firth Fell
Looking back you can just make out the track from Cam End (on right)
Big drop into Littondale & big haul out to Old Cote Moor
Up this to Old Cote Moor
Very rubbly track down to Kettlewell
Or techie stuff through woods to Starbottom
I do variations on this fairly regularly – inlaws live in Kettlewell 😀
Trout: Renovated from Horse Head towards Yockenthwaite. Bottom half is still good nipping down the gulleys.Posted 7 years ago
I did a nice little route round there today.
Head out of Kettlewell on the Leyburn/Coverdale/Middleham road all the way to the top(just before the Richmondshire sign). This includes some of the steepest road climbing in the area, but it's worth it to get the height out of the way quickly.
At the parking area turn left and head SW following the line of the wall along some really nice singletrack bridleway for about 1.5k. Carry on until you get to a junction with the left track going back towards Kettlewell and the right going to Walden Road. Take the right hand track instead until you get to a gate with the track heading up the hill on the right (2nd gate after the junction I think). Head right up the hill till you get to a wall and head left. Follow the bridleway to the junction with Walden road and then enjoy the fantasic downhill to Starbotton (recommend dismounting/taking it easy when you reach the concrete bit of the track coming into Starbotton because it's covered with loose stones and can be pretty dodgy). Then head back to kettlewell on the tarmac.
Ride takes approx 1.5 to 2.5 hours. Has a few small boggy bits so be prepared to get your fancy cycling shoes covered in smelly red gunge. Make sure your brakes are working before the big descent.Posted 7 years ago
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