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Buttertubs Circular Cycle Route

England > West Yorkshire > Ingleton
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Cycle Route Details
Route NameButtertubs Circular
Distance : miles (km)62.01  (99.80)
Posted ByDamian
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Cycle Route Location
County/RegionWest Yorkshire
Start LocationIngleton Waterfalls Trail
End LocationIngleton Waterfalls Trail
Cycle Steps
Four or five big climbs make this a great challenge cum sportive in it's own right. Split into two making Nateby, near Kirkby Stephen or Thwaite a mid way stop off. Very quiet roads taking in the vast majesty of the western Dales, as well as part Cumbria and Lancashire. Can be done in reverse starting on the road from Ingleton to Ribblehead to Hawes.

From Ingleton, drop down through potteries, following road under old viaduct, till road goes up and along, till at junction turn right. Continue until pub on left and with church on right turn right.

This first hill should warm the legs up with a celebratory blast along the mid valley road until at the farm house go through the gate and then up another incline / ramp.

Continue over the tops until road drops down a long and fast descent into Dentdale. Follow road for five minutes until at junction turn right, then along valley bottom to small village where left turn sign posted Garsdale Head takes a steap winding incline.

Keep going and dig deep! Passing forest on left continue up and over till another rewarding very fast descent to the A road. Turn right and for short way before left direction Kirkby Stephen.

Push along this road as fast as you like clearing near eight miles then at Nateby turn right.

Otherwise, continue to Kirkby Stephen for lunch if needed. From Nateby, climb up and up a wonderful tranquil climb with great views till towards the top a smart ramp further tests the stamina till over the top, then a rolling top some distance before dropping down through a picturesque valley with crags above a river and camping opportunities.

Continue not to Keld but to Thwaite where a charming Yorkshire cafe awaits a well earned stop off. When recuperated up and out turning right up the hill direction Hawes taking in the 'Buttertubs' pass, which in the times I've ridden this route have always been very windy. Continue pushing till up and over down and down till picking up signs and then sights of Hawes.

Through Hawes and over it's pave turning left for the Ingleton road. Unlike the previous climbs this road eases gradually up and up and up sapping all moral (unless you're super fit and are lucky enough to have the wind working for you).

Keep going until Ribblehead, then onwards again, till Chapel Le Dale, taking the back road 'Oddie's Lane' back into Ingleton.
Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?
Beautiful Dentdale. Thwaite. Hawes for Wensledale cheese experience. Near Ingleton White scar caves. No bike shops to my knowledge, so be prepared. Be prepared for all weathers of course and better to have strong legs for this route. Overall curcuit could be done in five hours.

Your comments?
posted by:Dr RandomRating : difficult :
Nice roads but not recommended on a sunny Sunday, unless you like motorbikes passing you within a few feet at 90mph+. Save for midweek or perhaps a Saturday.

Hawes to Ingleton appears to be used as an unofficial race track.

Had to ride past the inevitable crash site with multiple casualties and police in attendance.

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