Ravenstonedale Mountain Bike Routes

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Ravenstonedale is a quaint village in the Howgill Fells area of Cumbria and although it is in neither of the national parks, it is closer to the Yorkshire Dales than the Lake District. The village not only makes a great place to explore both of them, with accommodation available and several nice pubs, but is also right in the middle of one of the UK's best routes, the Bowderdale Classic.

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Distance: 23mi / 37km
Ascent: 1,103m / 3,618ft
Offroad: 65%
Difficulty: 83%

A difficult mountain bike route that takes in both the Yorkshire Dales and Cumbria. Start with a killer climb out of Sedbergh, one which takes you right to the top of The Calf at 676m (2,218ft). It’s tough but once you’re here you can rest assured that the rest of the route is predominantly downhill, and it starts right now with an awesome 6km (4mi) long descent of Bowderdale.

The return legs climbs again but this time nowhere near as much as earlier, you pass between Harter Fell and Knott before descending again on some cracking singletrack right the way back to Sedbergh, roughly following the River Rawthey. Look out for the wild horses that roam around this area!

As an extra bonus, try and find time to visit Cautley Spout, England’s highest waterfall, as it’s not far off the route but only accessible on foot.