Penny Garth cafe

Visit a York­shire hotspot

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Justin Hayzelden

Deep in the heart of the York­shire Dales, at the head of Wens­ley­dale, lies the small mar­ket town of Hawes. Drop in on al­most any week­end through­out the rid­ing sea­son and you’re guaranteed to find more than a few bikes parked along its his­toric mar­ket place, in fact it’s not un­usual for their num­ber to be in the hundreds - es­pe­cially when the weather’s good.

It’s not so much the place it­self, but the ride that draws so many peo­ple to this rel­a­tively re­mote lo­ca­tion and Hawes can be con­sid­ered some­what of a hub, or in­deed an oa­sis, rather than a des­ti­na­tion. At an el­e­va­tion of 790ft it’s one of the high­est towns in the Dales and fea­tures spec­tac­u­lar rides and vis­tas in ev­ery di­rec­tion.

Across its east-west axis is the A684, which to the east makes for a me­an­der­ing run along the River Ure, pass­ing through the pic­turesque towns and vil­lages that make this re­gion so pop­u­lar with tourists. To the west is a more in­volv­ing ride down Gars­dale, chas­ing the Clough River to Sed­bergh be­fore rolling on to Ken­dal and the Lake District. Head south and you’ll find the sav­agely steep climb to Fleet Moss, or south­west to ex­pe­ri­ence the re­mote beauty of the B6255 as it snakes across Newby Head Moss in view of the Rib­ble­head Viaduct. Best of all is the ride north, up and over the le­gendary But­ter­tubs Pass, a sen­sa­tional high road that rises to 1725ft be­fore mak­ing a dra­matic de­scent into Swaledale.

There are sev­eral places to get fed and wa­tered in town but you’ll find no warmer wel­come than at the Penny Garth café. Owner Chris­tian Westen has been of­fer­ing re­fresh­ments to bik­ers for the past 16 years and although not a rider him­self likes noth­ing more than a good chin­wag with his many reg­u­lars and any­one else who stops by. Home cooked food with local produce is the or­der of the day, from tra­di­tional break­fasts and a brew to amaz­ing cakes and spe­cial­ity cof­fee.

If you’re rid­ing the Dales, a pit stop at Hawes is a must!

hit it’s no sur­prise the Penny Garth is a With great food and even bet­ter roads You’ll not be the only one with a hel­met perched next to your brekkie All these folks can’t be wrong. Get your­self up to Hawes

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