Kendal to Hawes

From Kendal, there are options to stitch together bits of bridleway but, if the Dales and Howgills are beckoning on the horizon, you’ll be wanting to rush into their welcoming arms. That means a bit of tarmac but it’s a good way of covering some distance and keeping your legs fresh for the big climb out of Dentdale.

Distance: 33 miles

Ascent: 4024 ft

OS Map: Character

After some initial feedback on the original route, together with some work that we’ve been doing with a leading mapping company, we’ve amended this section of the route. It no longer goes down into Wharfedale, but instead heads to Sedbergh before climbing across the Dales and dropping down another great techncal descent into Hawes.

This route is therefore more reasonable in length, but still has some epic climbing, especially around Dent and beyond.

The Cam Road is one of the great bridleways of the Dales, leading you into Hawes via one of the best technical and rocky descents anywhere. Once safely arrived at Hawes, you’ll find that it has all you need for an overnight stay: Youth Hostel; Pubs and B &Bs; Hotels; and camping; with loads of places to eat as well.