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.
Stats: 32 km and 848 metres of ascent
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.
- Head out of the village of Bainbridge and climb the tarmac road towards Semmer Water, soon meeting the famous bridleway signed ‘Beggarman Road’.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- At the road turn right and ride into Hawes.
- Take Fleet Moss road climb from Hawes, reaching the top of the Cam Road again.
- Descend to Bainbridge at speed.
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Yesterday’s journey to my first crack at a UCI Marathon Series started about fifteen years ago, after seeing Miguel Martinez solo to a marathon win on Eurosport, having ditched his punctured back tyre and ‘rimming it’ from about 5km out. I’d been an armchair fan of Cape Epic and loved the footage of the dust covered athletes racing MTB’s in dramatic landscapes. I’m in my fifties. I still want to be that man. Tragic I know.