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The course of the River Rawthey is followed closely by two routes. The A683 crosses it from Sedbergh then follows its eastern side over its watershed to head northeast to Kirkby Stephen. On its western side is an old bridleway which links the farms at Adamthwaite and Narthwaite with those at Cautley and Sedbergh.

In descent the bridleway makes an excellent mountain bike ride and gives views towards the impressive waterfall, Cautley Spout, which tumbles in steps over Cautley Crag. To reach the start at Adamthwaite it is best to take the A683 and then the bridleway past Murthwaite. The bridleway up to Murthwaite is the crux of this tour; it's steep but persist, the riding after it is well worth it.

Route Information

Time/Effort 2 out of 5
Navigation 3 out of 5
Technicality 3 out of 5
Height gain/loss (metres) 587
OS map OS Landranger 97 & 98, OS Explorer OL2 & OL19

Route Essentials

Duration: 3 - 4 hours

Miles: 15

Route Details

1. From Sedbergh take the A683 northeast to Handley's Bridge.

2. Turn left and cross over the bridge following the track to a T junction. Turn right and follow the track northeast as it descends to a ford. Cross the ford and continue northeast, climbing up through dense woodland. There are numerous pony tracks through the trees. Try to stay as near the ridge line as possible. After 250m the trees give way to pasture. Continue northeast up the broad ridge line for a further 500m to the farm at Murthwaite.

3. Past the farm continue northeast for 200m, ignoring the paths on the right, to a fork. Take the left branch and follow it north as it climbs easily for 500m to another fork. Take the left branch and follow the excellent track as it climbs then descends north to the Adamthwaite road.

4. Turn left on to the road and follow it southwest to its terminus at Adamthwaite Farm and the start of the bridleway. The bridleway passes through the lower yard on the east side of the farm. Once through the yard join the lane and follow it as it climbs slightly then descends south then southwest for 3.2km to the farm at Narthwaite.

5. The bridleway splits at Narthwaite Farm. Take the right fork which leads west then northwest down to a ford. Turn left over the ford and follow the bridleway south then southwest for 1km to a ford and footbridge over Cautley Holme Beck.

6. Once over the beck follow the bridleway as it skirts the fellside and heads southwest through pasture for 3.2km to Fawcett Bank. Past Fawcett Bank join the good track and continue southwest along it for 800m to the road at Thursgill. Join the road and follow it southwest back to the A683. Turn right on to the A683 and follow it back to Sedbergh.

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