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13. Bolton Abbey, Appletreewick, Dibbles Bridge, Hebden, Appletreewick, Barden, Bolton Abbey

25.2 miles, 3964 feet of ascent (40.5 km, 1208 metres of ascent)

A ride passing the historic site of Bolton Abbey, then skirting Appletreewick in Wharfedale, before climbing up towards Grimwith Fell, followed by a long ride downhill over Dibbles Bridge to Hebden, and then back through Appletreewick, Barden and Bolton Abbey

Start by riding up the village and then turning right onto Chapel Street following this all the way to Bolton Road turning left towards Bolton Abbey. After leaving the village follow the road to Bolton Abbey Warning for approximately 2 miles (note this road can be very busy on weekends, bank and summer holidays).

At the roundabout follow the signs for Bolton Abbey cycling past the Devonshire Hotel on the right on to Bolton Abbey. Here there is the priory itself, walking by the River Wharfe and tea shops. A little further on turn right down the hill to the Cavendish Pavilion, where there are more walks (one of which takes you to the Strid) and another cafe/restaurant. Cross the bridge in front of the Cavendish Pavilion go through the gate and turn left to follow the road towards Appletreewick. (Please note that there are road closed signs here saying that there has been a landslip, however bikes and walkers can get through fine).

At the T-Junction of this road turn right to follow the road towards Appletreewick. At the next T-junction you can take a slight detour by turning left to visit Appletreewick, in just half a mile, where there are two pubs. Our route takes a right at this junction towards Pateley Bridge and a long climb up to a T-junction turning left here to head towards Hebden.

Follow this road down past Dibble Bridge Warning all the way into Hebden. In Hebden there is the Old School Tea Room and the Clarendon Inn to stop for a break or lunch. Just over the bridge, as entering Hebden, take a left turn towards Burnsall and Hartington. Follow this road, looking down to Burnsall on the right handside, all the way to a T-junction taking a right down the hill and very quickly arriving at another T-junction to turn left towards Appletreewick.

Continue to Appletreewick where you will find two more pubs the Craven Arms and the New Inn. Cycling uphill through Appletreewick drop down the hill outside the village and at the bottom of the hill turn right signposted Barden and Bolton Abbey. Follow this road, passing over the bridge at the River Wharfe before climbing up the hill to the T-junction at Barden and turning left back towards Bolton Abbey.

Follow this road Warning back through Bolton Abbey to the roundabout and go straight across to return to Addingham.

 

40.3 km, 11:55:08