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Skipton to Gretna

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Route Overview:

Distance (Miles): 132

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Summary: Skipton to Gretna
Route Description:

Where does it start? Skipton

Where does it end? Gretna

How long is it? 132 miles


Why is it great?

Through stunning Yorkshire, this isn’t fast riding, but can be challenging in parts and is a million miles from the hustle and bustle of the Yorkshire towns and cities.


What do I need to know? 

From Skipton head quickly up Settle where you’ll find some good eateries such as Ye Olde Naked Man. From there take the winding B6479 up to the Ribblehead Viaduct on the Settle to Carlisle line – ride down to beneath the viaduct via the service road if time allows. Otherwise heard north east to Hawes, with the Wensleydale Creamery a worthwhile stop as you pass through.

Two options now to get to Kirby Stephen; either west on the A684 then north on the B6259, or alternatively head north in the direction of Thwaites along the Buttertubs Pass. This can be a wild route if the weather’s bad, turning left in Thwaite to follow the moorland B6270 all the way into Kirby Stephens. Alternatively turn north off the Buttertubs Pass to visit Tan Hill Inn, the highest pub in the UK. A nice run from here is north to Brough, across the A66 and out on the B6272 towards Middleton-in-Teesdale. This route, now the B6277, is a nice run north towards Alston, with one option to take a dog leg on the road across to St John’s Chapel, a recently resurfaced road across a valley and a lovely run before turning left to take the A689 down into Alston, past the Killhope North of England Lead Mining Museum.

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