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Longsleddale Valley Blast Cycle Route

England > Cumbria > Kendal
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Cycle Route Details
Route NameLongsleddale Valley Blast
Distance : miles (km)5.65  (9.09)
Posted ByT Legume-Manger
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Cycle Route Location
Start LocationLayby near Watchgate (A6)
End LocationLayby near Watchgate (A6)
Cycle Steps
This is a not too technical, mainly off-road blast, up the Longsleddale Valley, which is ideal for those wanting a quiet, painless route with lots of scenery. It can take about 45mins in the dry, but there is also the option to take as long as you like and really enjoy the views.
Start from any of the laybys/side roads around the Watchgate turn off of the A6 between Kendal and Shap.
There is a short section uphill on the A6 to start, take the first left at the strange white building, on its own, at the edge of a field and head up the lane. After a short distance take the left fork in the road and continue until you reach Mosergh Farm. Don't go into the farmyard, but take the bridleway on the right, this is uphill on good farm track. Follow this until you reach the bridleway sign, on the left, and head through the gate. Keep close to the wall on the left, until the second gate, after which you follow two marker posts across open fellside. This takes you downhill until you get to a wall and gate. Go through the gate and over a small stream, where the path disappears for 20 yards, fear not, head uphill a little and you will hit a good track. Follow this downhill and through two gates to the farm yard below. When you get to the road turn right and head up the valley on a quiet country lane. Take the next bridleway on your left and go through the gate. Head up the lane and take the next bridleway sign, over a little bridge and through a gate. Cross the (sometimes very boggy) field, aiming for the gate at the far end. Follow the farm track through the farmyard and through several more gates, keeping to the left hand side of the river/valley. You will eventually get to the old mill pond, above Garnet Bridge, which is a nice spot for a picnic, if you are taking things easy. The bridleway passes close to this and goes on down towards Garnet Bridge. Once into the little hamlet, go over the bridge and turn left, again up a quiet lane, until you see a bridleway and a ruined barn on the right. Follow this bridleway uphill and through two gates until you reach the A6 again. Cross this carefully as the traffic can be fast!
Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?
Garnet Bridge Mill was said to be cursed when the old miller was crushed to death in his mill. Garnet Bridge provides a spectacular view point of the falls on the River Sprint and the pretty little hamlet itself.

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