Dales drama

En­joy a roller­coaster rider around Ripon

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week -

When the sun is shin­ing, the Dales are among the most ex­hil­a­rat­ing places in the coun­try to ride a bike with dips and dives, sweeps and swoops and views that have graced many a post­card.

Start­ing at Ripon, head north on the A6108 on a run that takes you through the brew­ery town of Masham, which is def­i­nitely the place to stay the night if you’ve had a long ride to get here.

Af­ter sway­ing out of Masham (we’re talk­ing about the bends, not the postale walk­ing style), look out for the his­toric Mid­dle­ham Bridge over the River Ure and then take the next left turn onto Low Lane, which skirts un­der Ley­burn and leads you to the A684 at Wens­ley. Turn left and en­joy the roller­coaster ride into Hawes, which is a corker if you time it to avoid peak traf­fic as over­takes here are tricky.

Af­ter grabbing a cuppa in Hawes, turn left af­ter the petrol sta­tion to join the B6255 and an­other string of bends that weave through the Rib­ble­head val­ley. When you reach the big layby with views of the Rib­ble­head viaduct, take the left for a fi­nal waltz into Set­tle.

REAL DALES Just re­mem­ber not to have too many pints in Masham the night be­fore

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