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"Who plans a route that drops into Dentdale that many times just to climb out again?"

We do.

The Dentdale Valley. Arguably the most beautiful place in the Western Yorkshire Dales - blessed with not one, not two, but three fantastic climbs out and some equally spectacular descents in. We planned a 100km route from the village of Barbon that took advantage of the best of each.

In the end, a sub-zero start, fatigue, a stiff head-wind on the last section and the risk of ice meant we cut out the final 10km over Kingsdale and Barbondale - probably the two best bits for those unfamiliar with this stunning geography. The top of Kingsdale is probably our favourite view in the Dales (here taken from another day):

Instead of the final push over Kingsdale and up the Tour of Britain KOM at Gawthrop, we decided to take in some coffee and cake at the excellent Seasons Bakery in Ingleton and then criss-cross the A65 back to Barbon the "flat" way.

You can find the original route we planned on Komoot here. It's a really tough 100km, but on a sunny day we challenge you to find a better one!

Here are our photos from a glorious morning rolling slowly around the peaks and troughs of the Dentdale Valley and the beautiful lanes to the North of Dent on the way there.

Barbon, Cautley, The Tommy Road, Mallerstang to Garsdale Head

The Coal Road

Dentdale, Cowgill, Ribblehead and Back

The Route We Rode:

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