Ingleton – Land of Caves and Waterfalls and the popular Ingleton Waterfall Walk – so go easy near the town on a sunny bank holiday. This is quintessential Dales scenery: limestone and drystone walls, sheep and rough pastures, narrow lanes and enclosed tracks – and this route encompasses them all. Although never
overly technical, the riding is still hard and you will struggle on the unsigned track climbing out of Kingsdale. It soon eases, with views ahead as far as Morecambe Bay, At one point, you can hear rushing water, but it’s all happening underground… The ride continues on a loose descent and a lane network to the Marton Arms, one of the best pubs around with a mighty array of real ales. Wobble back to Ingleton.

The Ride

Climb steeply out of Ingleton on tarmac up to Scar End and the start of the dirt (and rock). Leave the hordes of waterfall-walkers (you’ll see!) behind as you descend to cross Kingsdale Beck via the ford or the bridge and join the lane along the bottom of Kingsdale – enclosed by some of the finest sections of drystone wall in the National Park. You get a lot of time to look at drystone walls from the saddle of a bike! The turn off the lane is easy to miss and the track is initially very hard work, a steep uphill slog to gain the grassy track above
(initially rather indistinct). Cruise along this, admiring the views, to a loose and rocky descent dropping down to some quiet lanes which lead back to Ingleton.

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