Hawes to Grinton

This is a route about quality of tracks, not just getting from one side of the country to other. If that’s your aim, then get on a bus and enjoy the views. Yep, this may seem like another short day, but look at the ascent. It will be a long day, and albeit avoidable, how on earth can you come into the Dales and not ride through Bishopdale and then Swaledale.

This is a great ride from Hawes up a rocky trail, along the Cam Road and across to Bishopdale, before descending eventually down Stake Allotments back down into Wensleydale, then climbing up and down into Swaledale – three Dales today!

Distance: 28 miles

Ascent: 3974 ft

OS Map: Character

Some guys may do this stage on the same day as the previous one, but do think carefully about this. If you’re not used to the area or the hills, it may become ‘not nice’ and a chore to make it to Grinton, falling into the Dales Bike Centre knackered and unable to fully enjoy the evening.

We keep saying this, but cycle to your normal levels and enjoy the holiday. Take time look after the bike and yourself, and you’ll enjoy this and the previous stage so much more.

The Youth Hostel at Grinton Lodge is our preferred stop over tonight, closely by staying in one of the great options in nearby Reeth, where there’s ample places to eat in the evening, for such a small community.