3 - 4 hours
This figure of eight mountain bike route is the perfect introduction to Sedbergh and its surrounding fells and dales. It weaves in and out of the village edge and then ducks over to the neighbouring valley of Dentdale. It involves some road riding on valley roads and quiet back lanes and there are a couple of off road sections. The hardest bits are a 70m climb on a track from Millthrop onto the fells of Long Rigg, and the climb up Howgill Lane, however the effort of both climbs are rewarded by stunning views and exciting descents.
1. Take the Dentdale road to the south then southeast for 800m to the bridge over the River Rawthey. Cross the bridge and follow the road round to the Millthrop turning. Turn left and follow it to a T junction in the village. Turn right and take the road southwest through Millthrop a short distance to a bridleway on the left. This is the Frostrow Golf Club track.
2. Ascend southwest along it then south past the club house to a ford. Cross it and follow the track southwest then south to a gate. Go through the gate and take the grassy bridleway as it winds its way southeast to a lane. The lane then gives a good downhill run towards Dentdale. After 800m the bridleway forks, take the left fork and continue along the lane to another fork. This time take the right fork and follow it to the Dentdale Road.
3. Turn right, and follow the road through Rash to a turning on the left over Rash Bridge. Cross the bridge and at the junction on the other side turn right. Follow the road northwest to a junction. Turn right and follow the road to another junction in Catholes.
4. Turn left and follow the road to another junction, turn left again and follow the road to Millthrop. Follow the road through Millthrop and around the bend to cross the bridge over the River Rawthey. Retrace your route back into the centre of Sedbergh.
5. From the centre of Sedbergh follow Howgill Lane for 2.4km to a junction. Turn left and follow Slacks Lane steeply down hill to a junction with the A684. Turn left and follow the A684 for 300m to a bridleway on the right at the entrance to Ingmire Hall.
6. Join the bridleway and follow it as it rises easily alongside a wall. The bridleway then descends slightly to join the A683. Turn left onto the A683 and follow it back into the centre of Sedbergh.
|Time/Effort:||1 out of 5|
|Navigation:||1 out of 5|
|Technicality:||2 out of 5|
|Height gain/loss (metres):||400metres (1,312feet)|
|OS map:||OS Landranger 97 & 98, OS Explorer OL19|
- Start point: (near Sedbergh)