Cycling World Magazine July 2017 - Page 97

July 2017| 97 Route Two On this route, you will head in the opposite direction, which actually makes this a great addition to the first route for serious cyclists looking to extend their ride. It will increase your distance by a further 20km, but be warned, this is a slightly more difficult ride than the first, so you should be prepared to work hard! ust like the first route, you head north, but turn left at the first mini roundabout. This time you will be following the blue 20 and 72 signs which will take you left by the grammar school and encourage you to bear right as you make your way uphill. Once you reach the crossroads, you should turn left towards Waitby. The next crossroads will take you right towards Smardale, which has a slightly steep incline on the approach. Turn left past the old Waitby School and left again at the T- unction. Carefully cross over onto Sedburgh oad and then left into Mallerstang. You will soon see the Pendragon Castle ruins, which were apparently built by the father of King Arthur. If you turn left here, you will be well on your way back to Kirkby Stephen, following the road through Nateby. ust before the traffic lights, turn right and then bear left along Stoneshot Lane. Route Three This km route is the only one of the three to incorporate some traffic-free cycling. t still contains plenty of uphill challenges, however, and so should not be dismissed as an easy-ride. As in route two, head north to the first mini roundabout and turn left. This section is almost exactly the same, as you turn left at the school, bear right uphill and turn left towards Waitby. As before, turn right at the crossroads. Then comes the deviation here you should cross over the old railway and bear left to Crosby Garrett. If you enjoy spending time with nature, you could lock your bike up here and take a wander to Smardale Gill National Nature Reserve on the left. Jump back on your bike, bear right through the village, and follow the road to Soulby. Once you have gone straight over at the crossroads, bear right again to Winton, picking up the grassy track and cycling over the footbridge that decorates the River Eden. A narrow lane will take you towards Winton, where you should bear left and turn right at the village green. Follow the signs to Hartley. Bear left through Hartley, conquering those uphill sections, and turn right onto the old railway, which used to be part of the Stainmore Railway. You will cross two viaducts, before crossing over a gorge and onto a bridge. Here you will have to go through a gate and turn right towards your final destination of irkby Stephen. You will turn right ust before the traffic lights and bear left on Stoneshot Lane. Kirkby Stephen is sure to be a welcome surprise to those cyclists who prefer to avoid the tourist hotspots. It is well stocked with shops and refreshments, giving you a reason to stay for more than one day if time allows.