It’s been too long since I last cycled properly and it is like starting again. Perhaps this was a slightly stupid choice for a first ride…lots of walking up hills required.
Starting from Garsdale Station I took the road over to Dent Station – and did not enjoy the steep descent into Cowgill. The hills of the Lakes were visible from the top.
Visited Dent to fill up my water bottle from the outside tap at the toilets.
Then turned off up Deepdale, along a gated road. Happier to be walking up than riding down the steep sections.
I couldn’t really enjoy the descent of Kingsdale to Ingleton as the road had been recently resurfaced and the surface still loose, as well as being narrow and twisting. Had to walk down a small section.
Then Clapham and Austwick, to meet the B6479 down to Settle. I thought staying on the main road would be flatter than sticking to NCN68, but it was very lumpy.
53 km, 995 m climbed (and yet downhill overall), 3 hrs 55 mins, average 13.7 km/hr.