Dales never fails
Yorkshire route rated
This ride kicks off from Junction 51 on the A1(M), signposted A684 Bedale. Take the A684 in the direction of Bedale and a newlyopened bypass will whisk you away from the madness of the motorway. Turn right at the roundabout towards Leyburn and after a mile or so there’ll be an opportunity to top up in Little Crakehall.
Turn left in Leyburn by the Bolton Arms to ride the tarmac snake that glides along the valley, crossing the River Ure at Wensley. The road’s liquid curves reflect the river’s meandering course as it winds onward to the Dales; flick right to left over Bishopdale Beck, then duck and dive among the encroaching hills before a plunging corkscrew into Bainbridge. Take a left at the T-junction to stay on the A684.
The blacktop sweeps on as the countryside rolls by, each glorious twist answered by a joyous turn until it reaches Hawes, a popular hub for those exploring the wonderful roads hereabouts. There’s always a line of bikes by the Penny Garth Café and it’s as good a place as any to stop for a brew. North from Hawes lies the legendary Buttertubs Pass while to the west the A685 wends its way to Kendal. This route, however, eschews those options in favour of the B6255, a left fork out of town that heads south, up and over the Newby Head Pass to Ingleton. Follow the B6255 and signs for Kendal, turn right to join the A65 and head to for Devil’s Bridge, another popular tea stop.
‘Each glorious twist is answered by a joyous turn until you reach Hawes’
YORKSHIRE THRILLS English countryside at its very best on this Yorkshire adventure