Dales Delight 200
A 200 km Audax, long-distance cycling event from Lancashire to the Yorkshire Dales and back again - in a day. No EoL this year!
Start by riding through the Ribble Valley before heading into the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Climb over the Old Coal Road and the Mallerstang Common as you follow the Settle - Carlisle Railway through the beautiful valleys of Yorkshire and Cumbria, offering spectacular views across to distant Westmorland. Enjoy a cuppa n' cake and some fine Yorkshire Tea at any of the number of cafes at the Kirkby Stephen control before you head out again for the next leg climbing over Tailbridge Moor back into the Yorkshire Dales, rewarded with a long descent into Swaledale. After another cafe control at the picturesque village of Thwaite, you'll then have the ascents of Buttertubs Pass and Fleet Moss to overcome in quick succession, rewarded with some magnificent views from the summit of Yorkshire's highest road and an equally rewarding descent into Wharfedale, passing through picturesque little villages along the way. Carry on into Littondale where you twice ride through the village of Arncliffe, a picturesque little village that was the setting for early episodes of the television soap opera Emmerdale Farm. Malhamdale, with its limestone crags and miles and miles of drystone walls is the main focus of the last stage, as you climb over Malham Moor past the historic Malham Cove. Overall, a wonderful days cycling with beautiful scenery covering some high and exposed moorland (roads), but also close enough to midsummer's day for maximum use of daylight. Online discussion thread here: yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=88798.0
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