This favourite route goes on the high route up the west side of the Lune Valley, with fantastic views of Ingleborough on the right.We usually by-pass Kirkby Lonsdale (but there are plenty of refreshment opportunities here) and continue a mile or two north on the Sedbergh road to the friendly café at Casterton Golf Club.It’s then onto quieter back lanes to the west of the Lune valley, climbing steadily until we enter the secluded valley of Barbondale.A not-too-demanding climb to the watershed near Calf Top where we stop to rest and admire the views up Dentdale, before descending steeply to Gawthrop and on to Dent village for lunch, at one of the cafes, pubs or picnic benches.
Our return route climbs back up to Gawthrop, then takes the quieter valley road down to Rash Bridge and the unfenced and gated road over the shoulder of Holme Fell, looking north to Sedbergh and the Howgills.We regain the Lune Valley and seek out the quiet lanes on the east side of the valley to Barbon Village and the hospitable Church Mouse café.From here we head back to Lancaster.
Beautiful Lancashire and North Yorkshire countryside
Mostly quite B roads
Coffee and lunch stops
All riders must wear a helmet and have a basic toolkit for puncture repair etc.
Money needed for coffee stops.