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Gargrave to Kettlewell Circuit Cycle Route

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Cycle Route Details
Route NameGargrave to Kettlewell Circuit
Distance : miles (km)49.02  (78.89)
Posted Byapoland
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Cycle Route Location
County/RegionNorth Yorkshire
Start LocationWest Street, Gargrave
End LocationWest Street, Gargrave
Cycle Steps
This is an excellent, moderate, road route, on a mix of A and B roads and country lanes, that rises and falls across the scenic Yorkshire Dales.
Park in free car park behind Dalesman's Cafe in Gargrave. Cross A65 and go over bridge opposite cafe and turn right 100 metres further. Follow quiet road through Bank Newton and Little Stainton and turn right at grid ref 854528. Turn right onto the A682 and follow this until the turn-off left onto Flat Lane, just short of Long Preston. Turn left onto the B6478 towards Wigglesworth. Turn right at Wigglesworth, onto Jack Lane, and continue through Rathmell to the A65. Turn left onto the A65, and almost immediately turn off right onto Raines Road, towards Settle. At Settle, turn left onto the B6479, and follow this to the turn off for Stainforth. Turn off right into Main Road, Stainforth, then right onto Goat Lane, heading up to Penyghent. This is the main climb of the day, and it comes in two stages. It is initially steep (14%), then it's flat and finally it kick to 10% at the end. The result of this hard work is a lovely down hill run to Halton Gill. Turn right along Littondale (25mph all the way!) to Arncliffe. Take left fork just where road bends sharp right into Arncliffe. Continue on left side of river through Hawkswick to the B6160. Turn left onto the B6160 and follow this to Kettlewell. Turn left into Kettlewell for a break (Cafe stop at 21 miles into ride).
Turn right out of Kettlewell and take small road on east bank or river Wharfe to Grassington. Turn right at T junction, onto B6265, go down hill and turn left, off the B6265, immediately after the bridge over the river. Head for Linton, turning right at the T junction and joining the B6265 at the crossroads. Go through Linton to T Junction and turn left towards Cracoe. After Cracoe take dodgy right turn, off the B6265 towards Hetton. Continue all the way back to Gargrave. Have a cake in Dalesman Cafe to celebrate lovely ride!
Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?
Cafe stops in Gargrave (Dalesmans) and Kettlewell.

Near By Cycle Shops
3 Peaks Cycles
Cycling Clubs located in this region
Skipton Cycling Club
Your comments?
posted by:schlunziRating : difficult :
Excellent route. Magnificent scenery.
Some of the main roads have pretty choppy tarmac and can be quite shaky on a road bike. Also the short bit on the A682 is very busy with cars and lorries.
I found the climb out of Stainforth quite hard, but then I am not very fit.

posted by:RobHRating : difficult :
A really great route!! The short stretch on the A682 was the only dull moment. I did it from Grassington with a tea shop stop in Settle, saving the best bit down Littondale until the end. The bits through Bank Newton and Wigglesworth were surprisingly pretty and made a nice contrast to the wilder Dales scenery further north. Definitely recommended!

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