Sedbergh to Dent Loop
Stats: 18 miles and rolling
Sedbergh is a great little town with ample tea shops and Inns. It is famous for the old school, which Will Carling once attended, and its bookshops. A short distance away is Howgills Bunk Barn, for the more budget conscious.
For refreshments along the way, Dent cannot be beaten – besides, it has a wealth of pubs brewing their own ales!
This is a great route with stunning valley views and the Yorkshire Dales village of Dent to take in enroute. There are plenty of get out opportunities if you’re not feeling great or the weather closes in. This is also a route which Road, Mountain or Hybrid bikes can be used with ease. It is also very much a family route using dent as your objective.
1. Bike and kit check at the car park making sure you have spares and the correct safety equipment. Ride out onto Loftus Hill towards Millthrop village
2. At Milford go over the river, cornering right through the village.
3. Continue through the village and stay on the main road always bearing left.
4. The road turns into Moser Hill brow and has the valley bottom with river on your right with spectacular views. Continue on the steady climb east
5. If you don’t feel like the full route on your right you will see Mill lane and the bridge over the river. Apart from turning round this is the first chance to cross the river and loop back round into Sedbergh.
6.The lovely lane continues and turns into Hall Lane and drops to the river side and then follows the river into Cowgill. Take the right in the very small village and over the bridge.
7. You are now on the return leg of the route and heading towards Dent village.
8. At Dent take a well-earned break. This is lovely village, quiet through the winter but becomes a tourist hot spot through the spring and summer so good advice would be to set off late or early and get the best out of the village.
9. The centre of the village has cobbled streets which you will need to pass over so a good time to walk through the village. Pass the car park on the right and continue west out of the village.
10. Continue along the main road and into the next village of Gawthrop (just before you have the opportunity to turn right and continue back to Sedbergh on the lane previously used).
11. The lane narrows slightly as you pass moor on your left. Continue along this lane until you reach a high point with a junction in the road. Take the right lane and drop back down over the river into Milthorpe and retrace your steps back into Sedbergh and back to the car park from where you started.
Sedbergh has maintained its ancient charms and should be explored if you have time. It has a wealth of small book shops to search through, with good cafes for tea and cake afterwards.