Riding the Dales - without all those hills!

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AN easy going ride, suitable for beginners and families, taking you along quiet country lanes and good quality bridleway tracks.

There is also the option of riding along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

This ride will allow you to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Yorkshire Dales with hardly any hills.

A: From the free car park opposite the Masons Arms, head west on Marton Road.

B: Stay on this road through Bank Newton and carry on for 5.5km and ride past the T-junction signed West Marton. The road climbs up and after 300meters you take the bridleway road (Ingthorpe Lane) on the left.

C: Follow this bridleway past Inglethorpe Grange until you reach main road again: A59. CAUTION AS FAST MOVING VEHICLES. Turn left here and then over the brow of the hill turn left into East Marton.

D: At the Cross Keys Pub turn left and down the hill following the right-hand dead end road. This goes down and then over the canal and follows the canal on tarmac surface for 300 metres. There is a T-junction where you turn right and follow the bridleway track for 2.5km, crossing back over the canal before arriving back in Bank Newton.

E: At the crossroads in Bank Newton you turn right CAUTION! and follow this road back to Gargrave. (If the ground is dry, you can also ride along the Leeds Liverpool Canal from

East Marton to Bank Newton: shown as dashed line on map. You ride onto the canal at the bridge just past East Marton, which then takes you all the way back to just past Bank Newton. It only adds about 1km to the route.)

When cycling on roads:

• Always follow the Highway Code

• Be seen - most accidents to cyclists happen at junctions

• Fit lights and use them in poor visibility

• Consider wearing a helmet and conspicuous clothing

When cycling on shared use paths please:

• Give way to pedestrians, leaving them plenty of room

• Keep to your side of any dividing line

• Be prepared to slow down or stop if

necessary

• Use your bell - not all pedestrians can see you.

• Don’t expect to cycle at high speeds.

Route at a glance

Distance: 13.8km (+1km for canal

route)

Height: 76m

Start and finish: Gargrave

Parking: Gargrave

Difficulty: Easy

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