Cam Road to Hawes

Cam Road to Hawes

A Classic Ride that uses the Roman Road to access the great descent to Hawes, before climbing again and dropping home at speed. This one also takes in a steep road climb, Fleet Moss, in order to access the Cam Road again, for one of the best descents in the Dales.

Route Information

Stats: 32 km and 848 metres of ascent

Map Link:   Ordnance Survey

Refreshments & Where to Stay

Bainbridge is a super village and has lots of options nearby for accommodation. Theres also a great cafe in the village.


A terrific route with some hard climbing, amazing views and epic descents.


  1. Head out of the village of Bainbridge and climb the tarmac road towards Semmer Water, soon meeting the famous bridleway signed ‘Beggarman Road’.
  2. Climb this awesome bridleway on a rocky surface, crossing the road at 1/3 distance. Summit it at the top of Fleet Moss, joining the Cam Raod continuation.
  3. Shortly after Fleet Moss a bridleway is signed to the right, descending to Hawes – take this. It’s extremely technical in places and care should be taken. A fast and furious epic trail.
  4. At a point halway down this descent, a BW junction shows the Pennine Way right and Hawes continuing down the very technical and roocky steps left – take the technical rocky steps with cation.
  5. At the road turn right and ride into Hawes.
  6. Take Fleet Moss road climb from Hawes, reaching the top of the Cam Road again.
  7. Descend to Bainbridge at speed.

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Route Information

Stats  80 km  1,181 metres

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Refreshments & Where to Stay

Nearby Kendal has everything required and the two national parks in the area have a wealth of great accommodation choices.


A long and remote route amidst the hills. Weather can be wild here, so be prepared. The climbs are long and steep, but the views are amazing.


  1. Set off from Oxenholme station on the B6254 signed towards Old Hutton. After a very short distance turn off left into Hayclose Lane prior to the Station Inn.
  2. At the junction with the famous A684 Dales road, turn right towards Sedbergh and continue on the A684 until you cross the M6 motorway. Once over the motorway bridge, turn off right into the narrow lane towards Killington. This beautiful narrow lane takes you on a true country cycling journey, with amazing scenery. However, take care along the winding lane for oncoming traffic; for whilst this is minimal, the narrowness of the road enquires attention.
  3. After 2 km, turn sharply left to Killington village and ride through towards the B6256 road, climbing most of the way, with meadows and hedgerows beside you. Join the B6256 and turn left and continue towards the A684 and the famous Howgills literary town of Sedbergh.
  4. After a brief stop in Sedbergh for any refreshments, the A684 is swapped for the A683 towards Kirkby Stephen. The climbing continues as you cross remote and exposed countryside and climb towards Kirkby Stephen.
  5. At the junction with the A685 turn left towards Newbiggin on Lune and ride into the village itself once reached. Then cycle along the minor country road that runs parallel with the A685, through Kelleth, eventually crossing over the A685 and onto Tebay. Now cycle along the old A6 road that follows alongside the route of the M6 south. Turn off to Kendal and enjoy the descent after some tough climbs.
  6. Kendal has ample places to choose from for food and drinks, before you ride the short distance back to Oxenholme, or simply take a train from Kendal itself.

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