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Kirkby Stephen

Kirkby Stephen

Crossings of the Eden, Belah, Argill Beck, Swindale Beck and Scandal Beck rivers, plus medieval Brough Castle (English Heritage) all feature on this ride. Rebuilt by the Normans on the site of a Roman Fort which guarded the strategic Stainmore pass, Brough like other castles in the area was restored Lady Anne Clifford in the 17th century. Only one steep uphill gradient and becomes progressively easier. Partly on National Route 71 and the Walney to Wear & Whitby Cycle Route (20) either side of Kirkby Stephen.

Start/finish: Kirkby Stephen TIC in the town centre (free car parking is signed)

Grade: Medium · Moderate (all on road)

Route Information

Time/Effort 2 out of 5
Toilets Kirkby Stephen, Brough
Refreshments Pub in Winton; tearoom & ice cream parlour in Church Brough (near castle entrance) ; shops, tearoom and inn in Brough

Route Essentials

Cycle Route: Kirkby Stephen, Winton, Church Brough, Brough

Miles: 16

Route Details

1 Find the Tourist Information Centre in Market Street (see town plan), head north to the second mini-roundabout and turn R

2 Turn L at T jct following blue 20 and 71 signs. Bear R through Winton

3 Turn L then R again following blue 20 and 71 signs

4 Turn L just before entering Barras

5 Turn R off the road and go through tunnel under the main road. Tu r n R into Church Brough

6 Follow brown Brough Castle signs, park your bike and walk along path to the ruins (free entrance). Pop in to St Michael's Parish church to see the exhibition about the village, castle and the church itself (open daily between 10am and 4pm). Continue through village over bridge and onto the fenced path.

7 Go under the A66, taking extra care crossing the slip roads. Tu r n L at the clock tower in Brough, then L to Great Musgrave

8 Go SA through village then turn L towards Kirkby Stephen

9 Turn R to Little Musgrave then L to Soulby 10 Turn L at X roads, cross the bridge and bear R onto narrow lane at next jct

11 Turn L at X roads and follow the road back into Kirkby Stephen, turning R at mini-roundabout.

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