Cycling in and around Sedbergh
Howgills Accommodation provides an ideal base for cyclists to explore the area, from gentle rides on quiet country lanes to rough mountain tracks. There really is a ride for everyone, depending on the level of adrenalin required!
Most leaflets, maps and guides listed below are normally available at the Sedbergh Information and Book Centre located on the Main High Street.
For keen mountain bikers
There are numerous bridleways and tracks over the fells. Sedbergh has the ridge route along the top of the Howgills from the Calf south to Arant Haw followed by the descent from Winder to Howgill Lane.
This is not for the faint hearted as this is a tough undertaking as you are faced with a 1770 ft (540m) climb from Sedbergh via Birkhaw to the top, much of it a steep grassy push. Worth the view when you reach the top and the ride down isn’t bad either!
If you undertake an exhilarating mountain bike ride in Sedbergh, please let us know details of the route and we will add it to our page for others to pursue! Email us
Mountain Bike Rider (MBR) have published a great article and mountain bike route in the Howgills click here
For a gentler pace
The relatively new, Lakes & Dales Loop cycle route allows people to get up close to Cumbria’s spectacular landscapes. It is a 196 mile on-road cycle route that uses quiet country lanes, through the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Eden Valley, Morecambe Bay, and West Cumbria.
The Lakes and Dales website offers a fabulous resource of 1 day challenge bike rides to a 6 day tour. There are even mini –loops which are ideal for those with a family or those wanting something a little shorter. It offers different routes for different abilities and is a wonderful way to explore the beautiful sites and surroundings in nearby area.
Lots of information can be found on the Lakes and Dales website, including detailed maps and route descriptions. Please click here for more information.
For something a bit challenging…
The Yorkshire Dales Cycleway (YDCW) is a superb but challenging 210km (130 mile) circular route visiting most of the major dales in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It is designed to be started and finished in Skipton, but it can be started at any point, or divided into sections to suit your fitness. The route includes challenging climbs through wild areas which will test your limits, swooping descents and stunning quiet dales to explore. It follows surfaced country lanes for its length including many where you will see more sheep than cars. It also goes through many of the loveliest towns and villages in the area, where you can get a warm welcome, have a slice of cake or try some of the locally brewed beer.
In 2016, the National Park was extended to include more of the beautiful landscapes around Kirkby Stephen and Orton. To celebrate this we are including the option of an extended route between Sedbergh and Reeth which takes in the northern Howgills, Orton, Kirkby Stephen and Tan Hill – the highest pub in Britain.
Finally there are also routes on The Pennine Cycleway. Route 68 of the National Cycle Network from Derby to Berwick–on–Tweed, passes through Sedbergh and details can be found here.