Dales never fails

York­shire route rated

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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

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