Cycling the northern section of the Pennine bridleway.
This mostly off road route starts in Derbyshire and currently finishes at Ravenstondale in Cumbria.
The latest section of the bridleway was opened last year and now takes the route through the northern parts of Lancashire through the magnificent Yorkshire Dales and into Cumbria. I’m privileged to live nearby in Appleby in Westmorland and I’ve been exploring the newer parts of this route. I’ve been using the Settle to -Carlisle line to link a number of ‘day’ rides together. Ideal for the spring when one might not want to commit to a long multi-day epic. Although I have been traveling via the Settle Carlisle railway south from Appleby to ride sections of the route the same could be done based in Settle. Catch the train to Long Preston and ride to Settle, do the Settle loop, a circular route finishing back in Settle. Further sections can be done from Settle returning via the train, or if based in Settle, it may be safer to use the train to get to Horton in Ribblesdale, Riblehead with it’s fine viaduct, Dent, Garsdale or finally Kirkby Stephen doing the Bridleway in reverse that way avoiding train table restrictions/deadlines. Imaginative use of the bridleway and the brilliant Settle-Carlisle line gives you access to the most wonderful cycling with the options of long days, short days whatever makes your ideal spring cycling holiday. There is now a great guide book which would give one all the information one needs to plan your holiday: Cycling the Pennine Bridleway, Lancashire and the Yorkshire Dales by Keith Bradbury and published by Cicerone. There is also the the Pennine bridleway web site.
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